Hasret Gultekin
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Hasret Gultekin

Hasret Gültekin (May 1, 1971 - July 2, 1993) was an Alevi Kurdish[1] musician and poet who was murdered, along with 37 other people, in the Sivas Province of Turkey when a fundamentalist Islamist mob set fire to the Mad?mak Hotel where he was staying.

Gültekin was born in the Han village of Sivas as the third child of Süleyman and Hac?han?m Gültekin. He started playing ba?lama at the age of six and dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music. He completed his first album Gün Olayd? (If It Had Been Day) when he was only sixteen years old. In 1989, he demonstrated his mastery of the ?elpe (tr) technique of ba?lama on his second album Gece ile Gündüz Aras?nda (Between Night and Day). His third album Rüzgar?n Kanatlar? (The Wings of the Wind) was released in 1991. Later that year he married Yeter Gültekin. On July 2, 1993, he went to Sivas to take part in the Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Festival alongside many other musicians, authors, poets and intellectuals. He died at the age of 22 during the arson attack on the Madimak Hotel where he was staying. His wife gave birth to their son, Roni Hasret Gültekin, three months after his death.

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