The people of Shusha made it the pearl of the Caucasus, the cradle of our culture, the mugham-singing heart of Azerbaijan
Zakir Nariman oghlu Baghirov (21 December 1929 – 31 March 1989) was the Minister of Culture of the Azerbaijan SSR, Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Azerbaijan SSR.
Zakir Baghirov was born on December 21, 1929 in Shusha. He studied at Moscow Aviation Institute. However, a broken leg during sports prevents him from continuing his career as a pilot. After returning to Baku from Moscow, he decided to resume his education after a long period of medical treatment.
In 1953 Baghirov graduated from Azerbaijan State University. He continued his education at the graduate school of the Institute of Philosophy of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Zakir Baghirov returned to Azerbaijan after graduation and was appointed head of the philosophy department at the Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences.
During Zakir Baghirov’s tenure as Minister, the Baku Choreography School was built, the Song Theatre was established, the house-museums of Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Samad Vurgun and Jafar Jabbarly were opened, and the Azerbaijani circus team was established.
Zakir Baghirov visited Turkey in 1987 to expand Soviet Union-Turkey relations and met with Minister of Culture and Tourism Mesut Yilmaz.
Baghirov died on March 31, 1989 in Baku.