Said Osmanovich Shakhmurzaev

Shakhmurzaev, Said Osmanovich


Born Feb. 26 (Mar. 10), 1886, in the village of Eltiubi, in what is now Chegem Raion, Kabarda-Balkar ASSR; died Nov. 30, 1975, in Nal’chik. Soviet Balkar poet.

Shakhmurzaev graduated from the Crimean Pedagogical Technicum in 1929. From 1924 to 1958 he engaged in pedagogical work, serving as deputy people’s commissar of education of the Kabarda-Balkar ASSR from 1939 to 1941. He was first published in 1916.

The agitational and publicist verse that Shakhmurzaev wrote in the 1930’s dealt with the building of a new life. His collections of verse include Zurna (1957), Know the Plants (1960), To Friends (1966), and The Wind of Time (1967). His novella At Daybreak, (published 1965) deals with S. Kalabekov, a Balkar associate of S. M. Kirov. Shakhmurzaev compiled a Balkar primer in 1929 and, together with D. Kokov, published Balkar Toponymic Dictionary in 1970.

Shakhmurzaev was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, and various medals.


Nazmula. Nal’chik, 1961.
Taulunu kalendarï. Nal’chik, 1970.
Ol yomyurlede. Nal’chik, 1973.