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The monument of Enlik and Kebek.

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The monument of Enlik and Kebek was established in 1960 by local youth in Abay district of East Kazakhstan area near an automobile road on the way from Semipalatinsk to Karaul settlement as a tribute to legendary couple of lovers, as a symbol of true love.
It is a love story. A strict and majestic monument to lovers - Enlik and Kebek - and now a call to tragic destiny, proving power of love in the Middle Ages, the mountain Shyngystau the homeland of Great Abay. Two sorts of Matay and Tobykty howling among themselves.
The Cupid's arrow does not know barriers and so it turned out that IT from a sort Argyn, fell in love with IT from a sort Naiman. It happened so that Kebek got on a wintering to enemies and fell in love with Enlik. But all were against their love, as well as two conflicting sorts which allegedly will marry the children, but to it was not to happen.
For the first time the poem under the name "The Word Which Remained in Memory of Kazakhs" was published in the Dala Ualayaty newspaper (No. 31 - 39) in 1892. In this option events of the poem are covered from the national point of view, it is distinguished by sympathy to lovers and hatred for their persecutors.
Despite separate shortcomings of composition, language and style, the poem is valuable reliability and typicalness of the conflict represented in it. In 1900 in No. 46 of the Dala Ualayaty newspaper other version of the poem under the name "History of Life of Kazakhs" in which the initial subject line is kept was published, but heroes bear other names.
By social sharpness, the satirical image of court биев Magaui Kunanbayev's poem, on a plot and composition close to the first option is interesting. In 1960 it was published in the collection "Poems" in Alma-Ata. In 1912 Shakarim Kudayberdiyev's poem "Unfair punishment" in which the author gave the interpretation of the main subject of the poem "Enlik - Kebek" was published in Semipalatinsk, having underlined historical reliability of the described events which it carried to 1780.
In 1917 M. O. Auezov wrote the tragedy "Enlik - Kebek" which does not descend many decades from the stages of the Kazakh drama theaters. The tragedy consists of four acts, five actions. For the first time "Enlik - Kebek" was put in the aul of Abay in 1917, the author acted as the director and the prompter of this statement.
In 1923 and 1956 the play was several times processed. If in the first options the author criticized intergeneric распрю, the play exposed in the subsequent all feudal system, gained high civil pathos. In 1924 members of the Central club of KazSSR of the All-Russian Union of Communistic youth put the second version of the play.
K. Ernazarova (Enlik), Zh. Sarsenbin (Kebek), R. Asylbekov (Esen), Zh. Auezov (Karamande), S. Mukanov (Kubey), S. Baygozhin (Espembet), E. Umurzakov (Zhapal) and others took part in it. In 1926 the performance "Enlik - Kebek" the Kazakh drama theater (director S. Kozhamkulov) opened.
After statement in 1933 by the director M. G. Nasonov of the next option, "Enlik - Kebek" put in Semipalatinsk (1935), the director O. Bukeev), Chimkent (1939, the director H. Shazhenov) and other regional theaters in the Kazakh, Russian, Korean languages.
The third version of the play was staged the Kazakh drama theater in 1957 and was highly appreciated on Decade of the Kazakh literature and art in Moscow in 1958.

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"Monuments to Central Asia". Author M. Hashimov. Saga publishing house, 2001. Novel "Way of Abay", Mukhtar Auezov.

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Alexander Petrov.