Established in 2012, “Nizami Ganjavi International Award” presented to very distinguished personalities and institutions embodying the very values that Nizami Ganjavi promoted through his poetry (cross-cultural understanding, peaceful coexistence and respect among classes, peoples and nations; gender equality; and the ideal leadership to best benefit the community and nation). To celebrate the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjvai, for many gifts he has given us, for the inspiration he has bequeathed to the artists of the world, for the wisdom that is buried in his multi-layered works and for the profound humanity that calls to the better angels of our nature through the centuries and into the future.
Nizami Ganjavi, the greatest representative of the Eastern Renaissance, who was born in the 12th century in the town of Ganja, Azerbaijan and represented the quintessence of world literature and philosophy in his immortal work “Khamsa” (Five) via aesthetic power of his art. Humanity and loves is the motif at the very heart of Nizami Ganjavi’s poetry and the poet regarded it as his sacred mission to apply every ounce of creativity to the service of his people. His works have been translated into Western as well as into Eastern languages from time to time and played its role in humanity’s moral development. Nizami epitomized the global citizen of his day. Living in Ganja, where the crossing of major trade routes brought together travelers from many regions and faiths, his work celebrates diversity and tolerance. Cultures mingled freely in the teahouses where traders and caravans stopped to rest – Persian and Arabic, pre- and post-Islamic, Greek, Indian and even African. Growing up in such a culturally opulent and inclusive city, Nizami understood the value of understanding others in order to create a harmonious shared society. The themes of his work include cross-cultural understanding, peaceful coexistence and respect among classes, peoples and nations; gender equality; and the ideal leadership to best benefit the community and nation.