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5 Som 1997, Kyrgyzstan

in Krause book Number: 13
Years of issue: 17.12.1997
Edition: --
Signatures: Председатель (Тoрага) НБКР: Марат Абдыразакович Султанов (07.1994 - 12.1998)
Serie: 1997 - 2001 Issue
Specimen of: 11.04.1994
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 135 × 65
Printer: De la Rue currency,Loughton

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5 Som 1997




Bubusara Beyshenalieva.


5 Som 1997

BeyshenalievaBübüsara Beyşenalieva (Russian: Бюбюсара Бейшеналиева; Kyrgyz: Бүбүсара Бейшеналиева; 17 May 1926 – 10 May 1973), known simply as Bübüsara in her native Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyz Soviet ballerina, dancer and teacher. People's Artist of the USSR (1958). The first dancer of Kyrgyzstan.

She was born May 17, 1926 (according to other sources - 15 September 1926 and 8 April 1926) in the village Vorontsovka (now - Tash-Debe, Alamudun district, Chui oblast, Kyrgyzstan) in a peasant family. According to Kyrgyz nationality.

In 1936, at the age of ten, with a group of Kyrgyz children Byubyusara went to Leningrad Choreographic School (now Academy of Russian Ballet named after A.Ja. Vaganova), where she studied under the guidance of an outstanding Russian ballerina A. Vaganova. She graduated from the College in 1941. In 1948-1949 she studied in the class, where also have improvements also under Vaganova's guidance, in the same school.

Later the artist recalled: "In the city on the Neva, I was surrounded by love and attention of experienced teachers, great teacher Ulanova, generously passed on his knowledge to me and other young emissaries Kyrgyz. They took close to the heart of our failures and disappointments, happy with our first successes..."

Byubyusara debut took place in 1939 at the Bolshoi Theater during the "first decade of Kyrgyz art and literature."

Since 1941 - soloist of the Kyrgyz Opera and Ballet Theatre. A. Maldybaev in Frunze (now Bishkek).

Her partner for eighteen years was Uran Sarbagishev (1934-2012), People's Artist of the Kyrgyz SSR.

She has performed in concerts with a solo dance and has toured the cities of the USSR and abroad.

Since 1949, she taught at the Frunze Music and Ballet School named after M. Kurenkeev (now Bishkek Ballet School named after Ch. Bazarbaev).

Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR 6-7-th convocations and the Supreme Soviet of the Kirghiz SSR 4-5-th convocations.

Died May 10 (according to other sources - 11 May) in 1973. She was buried in Bishkek Ala-Archa cemetery.

Denominations in numerals are in lower left and top right corners. Also centered. In words centered, at bottom.


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theatre theatreThe State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet named after Abdylas Maldibaev here in Bishkek doesn’t have a long and distinguished history but then, Bishkek doesn’t have such a long history itself.

Building started on the theater in 1952 and it opened its doors on May 15th, 1955. Land had been assigned to project on the edge of Pafilov and Oak Parks. Construction wasn’t easy.

The architects were Laburenko and Ivanov and their classical design with colonnade is a distinctive city landmark. Ivanov had a major impact on the development and face of the city because, before the war he had been the city’s chief architect and in that role he had established the Kyrgyz School of Architecture. As well as the buildings that he was personally responsible for, a whole generation of Kyrgyz architects studied under his influence and count themselves as his pupils.

Although the design is functional, to serve as a theater, it is also akin to a gallery with its rich decorations, recently renovated, and of historic interest with its communist symbols and symbolism, including: the communist red star and the fresco of the coat of arms of the Kyrgyz Socialist Soviet Republic over the main entrance.

Many of creative geniuses in the Republic at that time were gathered together and employed in the decoration of the building. These included the monumental sculptress Olga Manilova who created many of the wartime monuments that decorate the city, and the painter Aitiev in whose honour the Museum of Fine Arts is named.

theatreThe building is set back from main road, (Abdrachmanova Street, but more commonly known by its former name of Sovietskaya), and the paved area in front of it makes a piazza for people waiting to meet friends before going in to take their seats. Banners announcing forthcoming performances are usually placed between the columns at the front of the building.

Amongst the several statues around the building, there are two figures representing “Youth” flank the main entrance, a male figure by Koshkion and a balerina by Manilova. Manilova also created three sculptural complexes for the roof of the building, two figures on the corners of the building and one for the apex over the center of the entrance. The central composition comprises a dynamic young woman in national costume flanked by a worker and a student representing the present industry and the bright future of the republic.

Although fairly spacious, the main foyer or entrance hall is often crowded as only one of the available doors is usually used and a there is often a crowd around the two counters in front of the cloakrooms on either side. In the corridors behind these cloakrooms are small bars where drinks and snacks are available both, before the performance and during the intervals – but even though they can get busy during the intervals, these bars don’t get anywhere near as busy the ones in Covent Garden.

From the main foyer, some steps lead up to the entrance of the auditorium … which opens out as you pass through what feels like a tunnel into a major sporting arena. Over this tunnel is the Presidential Box. There are some other boxes at the side of the stage and the winds of the balcony, but most of the audience is accommodated in the main well of the auditorium.

The ceiling of the auditorium includes some 15 characters representing the nationalities of the Soviet Union, characterized as one of the heroes from classical or national opera, (for example: Tchaikovsky’s Evgueny Onegin and Maldivaev’s Aichurek from the world of Opera and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Rauchverger’s Cholpon from the world of Ballet).

The small balcony is reached by two staircases from the foyer – one on the right and the other on the left. Behind the balcony in the auditoria there a large spacious foyer, which is occasionally used for concerts and other functions. It is richly decorated with landscape paintings representing different mountain regions and life in the republic, such as: The cotton fields of Southern Kyrgyzstan and Lake Issyk Kul.

The company includes over 200 different operas and ballets in its repertoire, including: Boris Gudunov; Prince Igor; Evgeniy Onegin, Iolanta, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Aida, Rigoletto, Il Traviatore, Carmen, Don Carlos, Faust, Mestopholes and, of course, local compositions such as Cholpon. Most of these are still performed … although they don’t manage 200 performances a year any more.

The theater also hosts performances by visiting artistes and companies from, for example, Kazakhstan, Russia, France and further afield.

Performances are usually held at weekends and tend to start early … at 4:00, 5:00 or 6:00pm. (

On left side is the Kyrgyz ornament, used on theater building.

Denominations in numerals are in lower left and top right corners. In words on left side, vertically.


Banknotes Series 1997-2005.

The design of banknotes 1-10 Som and 200-1000 Som was developed by designer A.P. Tsygankov, and 20-100 Som by M.K. Sagimbayev.