KIRŞEHİR – İhlas News Agency
The statue of Neşet Ertaş, a legendary folk singer and poet, who died in 2012, was attacked in the central Anatolian province of Kırşehir.
Although it has not yet been determined who attacked the statue, police have launched a full-scale investigation into the incident.
Residents of Kaman district in Kırşehir demanded that the bust be removed and taken to a safe area as parts of it got rid of after the attack.
The bust of Ertaş, known as ‘halk ozanı’, meaning ‘folk poet’, which was placed in the district square by the former mayor, was temporarily removed during the construction of the new building of the municipality.
After the local elections, the bust was placed in the Sarıuşağı district, known as the place where the “abdals” live, a name referring to the groups dealing with music in his hometown.
The singer was born in 1938 in Kırtıllar, a village in the central Anatolian province of Kırşehir, to his folk poet father, Muharrem Ertaş, and mother, Döne Koç.
Affectionately known as “bozkırın tezenesi” (voice of the meadow), “türkülerin babası” (father of songs), “Anadolu efsanesi” (legend of Anatolia) and abdal müzisyen (wandering dervish musician), Ertaş passed away in 2012 in the western province of Izmir at the age of 74 after battling cancer.