Kalikhan Iskakov was born in 1935. His birthplace is East-Kazakhstan region, Katon-Karagai area and village Topkayn. He graduated from the Kazakh State University named after S.M. Kirov, profession – journalist. Also he graduated the High courses of screenwriters at the State committee USSR on cinematography.
He came to literature in the early sixties. He published a few number of story collections called “About my friend”, “Brothers”, “Indian summer”, “Bukhtarminsk’s tunes” and novel “Taciturn person”. Some of the stories were published in separate books in Russian (in Moscow), Tatar and Tajik languages.
According to Iskakov’s script two full-length feature films, called “Snow in the middle of the summer”, “Road to one thousand versts” were shot.
He translated into the Kazakh language the chosen stories of I. Bunin, A. Chekhov, A. Kuprin’s stories, L. Tolstoy and others.
In a co-authorship with A. Tarazi wrote plays “I Look for the Grandmothe”, “Apa-apatay”, “Zhake-Zhaketay”, “Autobiography” which go on scenes of republican theaters. The most considerable work of K. Iskakov in dramatic art is the play “Morning Echo” written based on M. Auezov's story “A shot on the pass”.