On August 13, 2021, an art event
“Mykola Barabulia: Themed Evening of Shevchenko’s Poetry “I do care…” to
the 30th Anniversary of Independence of Ukraine” was held in
O.O.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum.
Mykola Barabulia is a famous art and cultural worker
in Kropyvnytskyi. After graduating from Dnipropetrovsk Theatre College
in 1971, he came to his native town. He worked as a stand-up artist in
Kirovohrad Regional Philharmonic, a methodologist in Kirovohrad Cultural
Center “Zhovten” at the plant Chervona Zirka, the head of the Department
of Amateur Art under Kirovohrad Regional Council of Trade Unions, the
head of the Department of Culture of Kirovohrad District Council in the
Town of Kropyvnytskyi and the head of the Department of Culture and
Tourism of Kirovohrad City Council. Since 2012, has been an art director
of the Cultural Center “Aviator” of Fly Academy of the National Air
University in Kropyvnytskyi.
Mykola Barabulia is well-known as a poet; he has been
publishing in the local press since 1963. In 2012, his poem collection
“The sun fell into the palms” was published. He is a member of the
creative union “Parus”. His civic position is active and patriotic.
Mykola Barabulia is a great reader of the Great Kobzar Player’s poems.
In 1992, he won Grant-Prix at the 2nd All-Ukrainian Open Competition
among Readers named after Taras Shevchenko. When he reads “Haydamaks” by
Taras Shevchenko, his voice sounds alarming and leaves no one
indifferent. Shevchenko’s word read by Mykola Barabulia is live, filled
with power and faith, hope and confidence.
All the guests of the evening with Mykola Barabulia were
fascinated by the poems read by the professional reader. The video
presentation was a bright addition; it displayed Taras Shevchenko’s
portraits, his artistic works, illustrations of the poems by the classic
of the Ukrainian literature by modern artists, as well as shots of the
current defenders of Ukraine.
At the event, materials from the museum collection were
displayed – lithography by Kyiv artists Anatolii Navrotskyi “Taras
Shevchenko” (1967) and the books from the personal library of Oleksandr
Osmerkin: “Kobzar” by Taras Shevchenko (Kharkiv, 1932) and a research
paper by a famous writer and literary historian Marietta Shahinian
“Taras Shevchenko” (Moscow, 1946) with the author’s signature: “To my
dear Aleksand Aleksandrovich Osmerkin with the warmest respect and
friendship. Marietta Shahinian. 31.Ő11.1947. Moscow”.
A unique memorial item, “Kobzar” sparked interest among the
journalists. The front page of the rare Kharkiv edition of 1932, which
by the way is depicted at the poster of the event, has an inscription of
the artist’s father in Ukrainian: “My child! Look back at our life in
Moscow from 5.Ő.31to 28.˛˛˛.1932. The warmest embrace. Your father”.
Oleksandr Osmerkin spent his conscious life in a foreign land, and he
remembered his motherland with a heavy heart. That is why he kept the
book of Taras Shevchenko – a great poet and artist, whose 160th
anniversary we celebrate this year. Another unique thing about this book
is the fact that one of its editors was Iieremiia Aizenshtok from
Yelisavethrad – a famous literature historian, who was among the
founders of the Institute of Taras Shevchenko in Kharkiv in 1926.
I.Aizenshtok was an academic secretary in the institute, and because of
him Taras Shevchenko’s items were returned from Moscow and Leninhrad to
Ukraine – the poet’s letter to Hryhorii Kvitka-Osnovianenko, the
autograph to the poem “Mariana a Nun”, five paintings by the Kobza
Player and eighty of his drawings. It is worth attention that the book
collection of a prominent scientist and philologist, which is currently
kept in the National Library of Ukraine named after V.I.Vernadskyi, is
suggested to include to the State Registry of the National Cultural
Heritage of Ukraine. That is how two paths of the natives of our town –
the artist Oleksandr Osmerkin and the literature historian Iieremii
Aizenshtok crossed, united by Taras Shevchenko’s “Kobzar”.
At the end of the evening with Mykola Barabulia, he
congratulated everyone present with the coming Independence Day of
Ukraine and added that this holiday we should celebrate in joy, honoring
the heroic history of the Ukrainian people.
On the behalf of the museum staff, the museum director Vita
Chernova thanked Mykola Barabulia for the creative cooperation, handed
him the Certificate of Acknowledgment, and presented
with the poster of the exhibition and a traditional souvenir – a branded