The Shaken Aimanov Monument

The Shaken Aimanov Monument

The pedestal is located near the Almaty Hotel, where the shooting of the musical film Angel in the skullcap took place in 1968. Representatives of the creative intelligentsia attended the opening ceremony: People’s Artist of the USSR Bibigul Tulegenova, theater and film actors, People’s Artists of the Kazakh SSR Yuri Pomerantsev and Asanali Ashimov, Kazakh poet and writer Olzhas Suleimenov. Bronze figure stands on 30 cm granite pedestal. The sculpture is executed on a scale of 1.2 full-size. The author is the sculptor N. Dalbai. Shaken Aimanov was a Kazakh actor, director, people’s artist of the USSR. Born February 15, 1914 in Bayanaul. Since 1933 he worked at the Kazakh Drama Theater (now the Kazakh Academic Drama Theater named after Mukhtar Auezov), where he played over one hundred roles. Since 1954 he was film director of the Kazakhfilm film studio. The author of such films as Daughter of the steppes, Poem about love, Our Dear Doctor, Song is Calling, Crossroads, Beardless Deceiver, Angel in a Skullcap, The End of the Chieftain and others. During his work in the theater, he showed acting, which was inherent in the brightness of the psychological characteristics. Since 1938 he acted in films, since 1954 he was the film director of the Kazakhfilm film studio. He began his career at the Kazakh Drama Theater and dedicated 20 years of his life to him. He has gone from a young actor to the main director and artistic director. The image of Othello is the starring role of Aimanov. At the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare in England, he read the Othello monologue from the stage, and this was a real event. Then for the first time the great Shakespeare sounded on the stage of England in the Kazakh language. Shaken Aimanov had the honorary title of Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR and an outstanding actor and director of Soviet cinema, Sergei Bondarchuk, in the newspaper Pravda emphasized skill and truthfulness of the game, expressiveness, his creative thought and imagination. In the 1960s, Shaken Aimanov staged nine films, and in two of them starred. The most significant films of that time were In One District, The Song Calls, Crossroads, Land of the Fathers, An Angel in a Skullcap, At the Foot of Nayzatas and the 2-episode film The End of the Ataman. Shaken Aimanov was an outstanding figure in Soviet cinema. His work was known abroad. He visited a number of foreign countries such as the USA, England, Italy, France, Egypt, he directed films of various genres – tragedies, comedies, film essays and dramas.