Rabit Batulla ( Robert Mөhlis uly Batullin) is a Tatar public figure, theater director, teacher, writer, playwright, publicist and satirist. Honored Art Worker of the TASSR (1985). Member of the Writers’ Union of Tatarstan. In 2008, by decree of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan M. Sh. Shaimiev, Robert Mukhlisovich Batullin received the honorary title “People’s writer of the Republic of Tatarstan.
He was born in the village of Nizhnie Lusi in the Zainsky district of the Tatar ASSR. His childhood passed in the village of Shikhmamaevo. From 1956-1961 he entered the Actor’s section of the Theater School named after M. Schepkin in Moscow. After graduation he worked as an actor in the Tatar Academic Theater named after G. Kamal, simultaneously being interested in directing. In the end, the acting career was not asked. In 1963 he was offered the post of director of the Kazan Puppet Theater, as well as the director of the editorial staff of the children’s Kazan studio of television. Here he exposed an interest in literary creation. He begins writing dramatizations, plays, stories for children. In 1968 he became a member of the Writers’ Union of Tatarstan. In 1977, again went to Moscow, the goal was to visit the Higher Literary Courses at the Literary Institute named after M. Gorky. After graduating in 1979, he began teaching at the Kazan Theater School.
In 1966 he published his first book – a story-tale called “My name is Durtkuz.” The plays “Magic at Noon” (1966), “Kurai Uyny Ber Malai (The Boy Playing the Kurai)” (1970) are staged in many cities throughout the Soviet Union. His books are published by the publishing houses Ujlarymny Keshe Belsen (Thoughts Aloud, 1969), “I Will not Forsake You, My Soul” (1980), and others, who ultimately won the readers’ love thanks to an acute storyline and subtle humor. It was in those years that he began to have problems with the authorities. The leadership of the party authorities reacted ambiguously to his story “Murtaza”, which tells about the liberation struggle of the Tatars after the seizure of Kazan in 1552 by the troops of Ivan the Terrible. In 1970, he sent two telegrams to Brezhnev: in one he asked permission to open a magazine for young Tatar writers, and in another he protested against the transfer of the Azimov mosque to the hostel. As a result, he falls into the “black list”. Publishers, editorial offices of newspapers and magazines refuse him. Only after perestroika it is again, it begins to be fully published.
Also, Rabit Batullah is known for the fact that in 2000 he released a translation of the Koran from Turkish into Tatar.