Search engine shows Asik Veysel playing baglama.

Google on Wednesday marked the 123rd birthday of one of Turkey’s most prominent early 20th century folk poets and singers.

The search engine’s Turkish home page showed a cartoon of Asik Veysel playing his signature baglama with Turkish carpet motives in the background.

Veysel was born in Sarkisla, a town in the central province of Sivas, on Oct. 25, 1894.

He was blinded during childhood and was given a baglama, a long-necked stringed instrument, by his father and began learning to play and sing.

In the 1930s, he began attracting attention across Turkey after meeting poet Ahmet Kutsi Tecer at a folk poets’ night in Sivas and beginning to play around the country.

His music and poems, often tinged with both happiness and sadness, inspired a new generation of folk artists in Turkey.

Veysel died of lung cancer on March 21, 1973.

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