Askold Zapashny called Bagdasarov’s death a loss for the circus

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People’s Artist of Russia Askold Zapashny called the death of trainer Mikhail Bagdasarov a great loss for the circus. In an interview with the REN TV channel on May 4, he said that he knew about Bagdasarov’s illness.

“We tried to help him through the doctors, but, unfortunately, he could not cope with the disease. We will remember him as a great artist, because there are fewer and fewer of them. He started working with my dad and studied with him. The person is infinitely kind, infinitely professional. Thank God that he managed to leave a great legacy – his children, who became the successors and keepers of everything that he managed to achieve. For the circus, this is a great loss, because the person was devoted to art and lived by it, like most fans of their craft, “Zapashny said.

Bagdasarov died on May 4 at the age of 76 from the effects of coronavirus infection.

The date and place of farewell to the artist will be announced later.

Mikhail Baghdasarov was born on May 23, 1945 in Baku. Once, during a tour of trainer Margarita Nazarova, her tigers escaped, and young Bagdasarov helped to drive them into cages. The artist drew attention to him, promising to take him to the troupe.

At the age of 18, Bagdasarov began to work under the leadership of Nazarova, and his own program “Funny Donkeys” was published in 1973. The trainer worked with lions, tigers, panthers, leopards. In 1991, Bagdasarov first presented his attraction “Tigers Show”, in which 18 Ussuri tigers participated, and gained wide popularity.

In 1997 he was awarded the title of People’s Artist of Russia. In recent years, he worked in Moscow at the General Directorate of the Russian State Circus.