Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Arkady Mandzhiev passed away

On May 16, at the age of 61, Arkady Mandzhiev passed away. He as a hero of Kalmykia, songwriter, Honoured Art Worker of the Republic of Kalmykia, member of the Union of Composers of the Russian Federation, President of the International Association of Mongolian Composers, Chairman of the Artistic Council of the Union of Composers of the Republic of Kalmykia.

The music of Arkady Mandzhiev, his magnificent songs are listened to not only in my native Kalmykia but in many countries of the world. Arkady was an amazing melodist. His music is the glorification of his native land, it was not for nothing that he became the author of the anthem of Kalmykia.
Arkady Mandzhiev wrote hundreds of compositions, many of which have already become "folk" today. His music lives in the heart of every Kalmyk. Once you hear his song, you can't forget it. And we will always thank fate for the happiness of hearing his music, for living with him at the same time and on the same Earth.

I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Arkady Mandzhiev. His name and his music will forever remain in our memory.