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Chacha for Vysotsky2011-01-25 20:03
Why did Georgia attract Vladimir Vysotsky? Did it attract him by friends' generosity, abundantly laid tables or an opportunity to give recitals? By all these things put together, perhaps. Georgian audience returned like for like: the halls where "Hamlet" from Taganka gave his concerts were practically always full. Neither is Vladimir Vysotsky's name forgotten in Georgia today, thirty years after his decease. On the eve of the 73rd anniversary of his birthday, GeorgiaTimes talked about him to Victoria Popova, director of Cultural Center named after Jiuli Shartava in Tbilisi.
Vladimir Vysotsky had many friends and acquaintances in Georgia who are still proud of having personally communicated with the bard and poet. These are stage director Gogi Kavtaradze, sculptor Gogi Ochiauri, actors Kakhi Kavsadze and Buba Kikabidze, parliamentarian Elena Tevtoradze and even President Mikheil Saakashvili. Once, the Georgian leader told how he listened to Russian guest's singing in his uncle's house all night long. The president-to-be was told to go to bed but he could not close his eyes together. Vysotskyists, however, found no fact confirming that the bard ever visited the town of Borjom where Saakashvili's uncle lived but the fact that Vysotsky visited Georgian SSR ten times at least has been definitely proven.
For the first time, he came to the bank of the Kura River in 1966 with a group of actors from Taganka, a theatre found by Yuriy Lubimov. In the opinion of writer and art expert Feodor Razzakov, in the times of Eduard Shevardnadze (who was Foreign Minister in 1966 and was appointed First Secretary of the Republican Central Committee of the Communist Party in 1972), Georgia itself was a kind of political "Taganka". "The Liberals from the Center supported Georgia in all reforms, from economy to politics (the former was following the way of capitalization, while the latter took the path of distancing itself from the Center, which was revealed in utter Russophobia when the number of Russians in the republic started being reduced: for instance, there were practically no Russians in the Georgian party office: they had been squeezed out) and culture", - Razzakov remarks in his study "Vladimir Vysotsky: a trump card in a secret game".