Nakisirazievich Isanbet

Isanbet, Nakisirazievich


(also N. S. Isanbetov). Born Nov. 27 (Dec. 9), 1899, in the village of Maloiaz, in present-day Salavat Raion, Bashkir ASSR. Soviet Tatar poet, dramatist, and folklorist. Honored Art Worker of the Tatar ASSR (1957) and the RSFSR (1960).

Isanbet began publishing his works in 1914. He is the author of more than 90 poems, ballads, verses, and songs and of 30 plays. His most popular plays are the comedy Khodzha Nasretdin (1940), which ran for more than 1,000 performances; the historical drama Mullanur Vakhitov (1947; Russian translation, 1957); Raikhan (1953); and the tragedy Musa Dzhal’ (1955).

Isanbet translated A. S. Pushkin’s Poltava and The Bakhchisarai Fountain and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and King Lear from Russian into Tatar. He has written a number of articles of literary criticism. He also compiled the collections Children’s Folklore of the Tatar People (1941), Proverbs of the Tatar People (vols. 1–3, 1959–67; G. Tukai Republic Prize, 1968), and Riddles of the Tatar People (1970). Isanbet was awarded the Order of Lenin.


[Isänbät, Näkiy.] Saylanma äsärlär, vols. 1–3. Kazan, 1960–1968.


Shamukov, G. Näkiy Isänbät. Kazan, 1959.
Ädip häm galim. Kazan, 1969.