Few in national capital New Delhi would know that one of its arterial roads is named after Abai (Ibrahim) Qunanbayuli, one of Kazakhstan's cultural giants, a great poet, composer and philosopher.
Born on August 10, 1845, Abai was also a cultural reformer who promoted toward European and Russian culture on the basis of enlightened Islam.
He died on July 6, 1904.
Abai Marg is located near the President's Estate, and today (Tuesday) marks its eleventh year since its construction and inauguration by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The inaugural event took place in the presence of then Delhi Lt.Governor Vijai Kapoor.
The naming of the road after Abai is a reminder of the close bilateral and diplomatic relations that India and Kazakhstan share, especially since Kazakhstan secured its independence from the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1990-91.
Abai was born in East Kazakhstan province. His parents named him Ibrahim, but because of his brightness, but he was soon given the nickname of "Abai", which in the Kazakh language means "careful".
That name stuck with him for the rest of his life.
Abai's main contribution to Kazakh culture and folklore lies in his poetry, which expresses nationalism growing out of Kazakh folk culture.
One of Abai's major works is The Book of Words, a philosophical treatise and a collection of poems where he encourages his fellow Kazakhs to embrace education, literacy and good moral character in order to escape poverty, enslavement and corruption.
Abai also translated into Kazakh the works of Russian and European authors, most of them for the first time.
Translations included poems by Mikhail Lermontov, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Lord Byron, Ivan Krylov's Fables and Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin. (ANI)