Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan SSR National Artist. Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan (19882006). Popular singer, composer and actor (Russian Forest Fairytales, Soviet Period Park, Dont Be Afraid, Im With You, and others). Author of the book Cultural Policy in Azerbaijan (2003, coauthorship) and a number of other published works. He was awarded the Orders of Friendship and Honour of the Russian Federation, Independence and Honour of Azerbaijan, Honour of the Republic of Georgia, Peace Rose Gold Medal of UNESCO and others.