OCA Magazine: Tell us, please, about yourself and your creative activity / work

Aigul Ryskulbekova: Once, when I was studying at school, my friend asked me to make a birthday card for him, and from that moment I started to write my poetry, songs, fairy tales and stories. Your hidden talents can be easily discovered all of a sudden, by chance, and it’s very important to keep on trying and never give up.

I became a children’s author quite by accident, when I was watching my little sons playing, I came up with an idea that I need to leave something behind for them to remember me. The idea did not end there, of course, because I wanted to reach out and get to know my future grandchildren and great-grandchildren through my books, just to leave not only a trace in history, but also to share my creativity with you. I wanted to bring something good into this world and bring positive thoughts and most importantly – the endless, absolute love for everything.

OCA: How did you choose your path and who is your role model in the creative space or life?

AR: My first role model are my ancestors, who passed on all the talents of our Clan. The second one, of course, was my father, Mukan Ryskulbekov, the Honored Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic, the composer, singer and actor. He is no longer with us, nevertheless his songs are alive, he sends his feelings through his music, and I can still feel it through his creative work. To this day, he is called a People’s Artist, he was a man with deep feelings. Third one – my mother who taught me to feel love and to show it, which I highly appreciate. Nor should we fail to note, the children that chose me, my friends and my close ones, who makes me feel various types of emotions.

OCA: What is your main achievement in 2021-2022?

AR: As far as I am concerned, it is impossible to put my achievements into the time frame of one year, in the view of the fact that my achievements at this moment are the consequence of my past contribution to the future career. The main achievement of a person, I believe, is developing his or her own soul. We come into this world for a very important purpose, and for this purpose we must work on ourselves, improve and develop our merits, become better every day, raise the power of our Clan and increase the number of the clan’s talents and  pass on their traditions, as well as, continuously helping people in developing their souls. 

OCA: What is the main feature that makes you and your art/work unique?

AR: I don’t think I can be described as unique, that’s what people who judge your work do. I suppose, everyone is unique in their own perspective and is capable of identifying talents, further developing them. Believe me, the most important thing is to get started! I share my inner world as I see it at the moment, when I derived my inspiration, writing poetry, as a result. My creativity is inside of me, thus every book is a part of me, as well. The special feature of me is that I do it with great love.  

OCA: Tell us, please, about the events of the Eurasian Creative Guild (London) and projects that you have already taken part in and how does ECG influence your creativity and success in your work? 

AR: I participate in the Guild’s life in various projects to this day. For instance, my presentation of a series of four children’s books written in Kyrgyz and Russian, which took place in Stockholm. The Guild unites people with different artistic backgrounds. In my specific occasion, it’s about expanding borders, which means new creative acquaintances and new creative projects, inclusively.

OCA: What is your motivation and the main aim of your creativity?

AR: My main motivation is to bring more positivity to the readers, to make them be able to see the positive side in the daily rush and hustle and of course to evolve every day, also, being capable of building up the curiosity and always ask the question ‘why?’. Culture needs to be preserved by every single person, this is one of the few things that makes us different from one another. Last but not least, is to tackle your fears. My goal for today is that I  have been writing, and I will keep on writing my poetry in the future.     

OCA: What would you wish for the members of the Guild and other creative people, just starting their career? 

AR: I think, when a person develops his soul every day, his creativity grows along with it, as well as his vision and perspective of life, his worldview. The only two things that stops us from the further development are just our laziness and fear, and in order to somehow deal with them, you just have to get up and make it happen. I would advise the beginners to set and achieve their goals no matter what, and the main thing is to listen only to your inner world, and only after that your creativity and your path will be unique!