Shalumi Samuilovich Mataev, an honored worker of arts of Dagestan, known throughout the world as the head of the dance ensemble “Virtuosos of Dagestan – Happy Childhood”, has passed away.

Head of Dagestan Sergei Melikov wrote in his telegram channel that Shalumi Mataev devoted his whole life to children, and enthusiasm and devotion to the chosen cause did not leave him until the last day.

“He brought up several generations of not only talented dancers, but also real patriots, who from him absorbed the love for national culture and dances.

Thanks to the ability of Shalumi Samuilovich to reveal the potential of children, to find an approach to each of them, the ensemble became famous, it was applauded in many parts of Russia, the CIS countries and abroad.

His departure is an irreplaceable loss for Dagestan. I know that many generations of its graduates around the world are mourning with us today.

I express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Shalumi Samuilovich, to everyone who loved and appreciated his work”, – wrote the head of the republic.