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Georgian Polyphonic Music by Corsican “A Filetta”

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Listen to the Georgian polypohonic music performed by Georgian performers and Corsican “A FILETTA” Kakhuri Alilo Kartuli Khmebi, A Filetta, Corsica, 1995 After 16 years… Kakhuri Alilo Imeri , A Filetta, Corsica, 2011 Makharia “A Filetta” Tbiliso “A Filetta” Many … Continue reading

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Georgian Polyphony: Hamlet Gonashvili, ‘the voice of Georgia’

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Listen to Hamlet Gonashvili’s unbelievable voice. Ts’ints’qaro Orovela Chela The Rustavi Choir was formed in 1968, and Hamlet Gonashvili was the outstanding soloist in the ensemble. The history of recorded music only stretches back a century or so but the … Continue reading

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Zakaria Paliashvili – Father of Georgian Classical Music

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Zakaria Paliashvili – Father of Georgian Classical Music Zakaria Paliashvili (1871-1933) is a figure of national pride in Georgia, and is considered to be the father of Georgian classical music. He is most famous as the composer of two operas, … Continue reading

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Verses by Ilia Chavchavadze

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Again alone… and the mountain’s shade Caressed my native land in sleep Still sleep O God! Sleep, always sleep When shalt thou deem us worthy to awake? VERSES ILIA CHAVCHAVADZE from “ILIA CHAVCHAVADZE WORKS” printed by Ganatleba Publishers, Tbilisi – … Continue reading

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George Coby, The First Georgian Millionaire in America

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George Coby, The First Georgian Millionaire in America This week, historian Rusudan Daushvili brings us the story of Grigol Kobakhidze, known to the world as George Coby. Grigol was born in 1883, in the village of Tkhmori, to a peasant … Continue reading

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The Man in the Panther’s Skin by Shota Rustaveli

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HE who created the firmament, by that mighty power made beings inspired from on high with souls celestial; to us men He has given the world, infinite in variety we possess it; from Him is every monarch in His likeness. … Continue reading

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Guest and Host by Vazha-Pshavela

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All that may be true… But what are you trying to say, You can’t tie my heart To your wishes with a thread. He is my guest, this day, Though he owes me a sea of blood, I cannot betray him. I swear it, by … Continue reading

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Cosmopolitanism and Patriotism by Vazha-Pshavela

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“Some people think that true patriotism excludes cosmopolitanism. This is a mistake. Every true patriot is cosmopolitan and every genuine cosmopolitan is a patriot…Thomas Edison is an American scientist, but the entire world enjoys the fruits of his inventions. Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Maps: Independent Georgia 1918-1921

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Maps: Occupation of Georgia 1921

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