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Monument Dina Nurpeisova in Atyrau.

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The monument of the Kazakh kuishi-composer and genius singer Dina Nurpeisova was installed in Atyrau,in front of the Academy of Music in 2000. The designer of the architectural ensemble is the architect K.Zharylgapov, and the monument itself is designed by the famous sculptor N.Daubay. The monument is a bronze sculpture of Dina Nurpeisova mounted on a high granite pedestal of cylindrical shape. 
The totalheight of the monument just over three meters, the figure is made of bronze, and the material for the pedestal was the specially brought kurtin granite. The sculptor perfectly showed the image of the greatkuishi-composer, the figure depicts her in her fairly advanced age, sitting on a special plate, with dombyra in her hands, Dina Nurpeisova is folding her hands, she is not playing, but resting from performing, and as if composing one of her greatest musical works.
Dina Nurpeisova was born in the village of Narin-kum, West Kazakhstan region in 1861. Her father was a famous dombyra player, he taught young Dina to play this instrument. In eight years, she played the dombyra incredibly and had many secrets and subtleties of playing it. Being the youngest in the family, she often accompanied her sisters, who were also good in music and songs. 
At that time she met the great Kazakh composer Kurmangazy for the first time, as legend has it, he had heard somewhere about the talented girl and came to meet her. Having heard Dina’s play, Kurmangazi was very pleased, and became her mentor, he took her with him on various music competitions, showing her special techniques ofplaying the dombyra. For many years, Dina Nurpeisov played masterfully Kazakh folk music, as well asmasterpieces of her teacher Kurmangazi. 
Her first independent musical works were "Bulbul", "Baizhuma", "Kegentup". They clearly demonstrate musical traditions of Kazakh people. In those not quite simple times, sometimes people’s lives were very dramatic, and Dina Nurpeisova was also given a gruelling time.
Having lost her first husband and several children in 1922, she lived in Astrakhan region, her family oftenwent hungry, and sometimes Dina had to gather kumarshik - wild millet - in order to feed her children during the difficult years of poor harvest, but she didn’t abandon music and went auls frequently, performing her own kuis. For many years, Dinan Nurpeisov just composed kuis, keeping them in memory.
She played much and taught others. This went on throughout many years until in 1937 she accidentally met an outstanding musician, a graduate of the music studio at the Moscow State Conservatory Smagul Koshekbaev. Having heart her play, he was just amazed with her talent. It is thanks to Smagul Koshekbaev, today we know the name of the composer and virtuoso performer Dina Nurpeisova. 
S.Koshekbaev with great difficulty persuaded her to move to Almaty, and in spite of her age, she was then already 75 years old, she decided to move. Dina Nurpeisova finally becomes successful and nationally recognized here. In the same 1937, she won the first place at the national contest of musical performers. Two years later, she captivated Moscow, won the first place at the National competition.
Back at that time she was already 77 years old. In 1944, Dina participates in the Central Asian competition of musicians, where representatives of five countries were invited and, again, she wins the grand prize. Dina Nurpeisova gave support to her countrymen during the Great Patriotic War. In her 80 she composed,performed at concerts, called to fight against the hated enemy. 
She had an excellent memory and she could explain what she had once heard before very colorfully, precisely and in detail. In 1941, Dinacomposed the kui "Ana buirigi" ("Order of mother") and created a number of works. Victorious,triumphant character was transmitted by active, jubilant music. Dina Nurpeisova composed a number ofkyuis: "8 March", "Enbek ery" ("Hero of Labour"), "Sauynshy" ("The Milkmaid") in the postwar years.
Her music is imbued with energy and dynamics, striking precision of realistic characteristics. The granddombyra player gave her last big concert in 1952 at the age of 91. Dina Nupeisova died in Almaty onJanuary 31, 1955.

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