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Paata Burchuladze Foundation Anniversary2009-03-04 17:54
International charitable foundation "Iavnana" established by Paata Burchuladze, a famous Soviet and Georgian singer, has recently celebrated its 5th anniversary.
"Saving the future together", - this is the slogan Paata Burchuladze, a highly reputed opera singer, chose for the international charitable foundation "Iavnana". Five years is not a great age for an organization. But for all this time Iavnana has helped a lot of orphans in finding new families or in their return to relatives, in providing education and home to socially unprotected families. On the foundation site there are names of dozens of kids in whose lives Burchuladze and his supporters played the role of miracle makers. Under the auspices of Iavnana charity concerts are constantly organized with world opera stars as guests.
In 2006 the United Nations gave Paata Burchuladze the title of a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Last year he was Georgia's best benefactor.
A gala concert was held in Tbilisi Opera Theater for the 5th anniversary of the foundation. Rustavi-2 TV organized a large-scale live telethon featuring Medea Chakhava, Nani Bregvadze, Buba Kikabidze, Kakha Kavsadze, Guram Sagaradze, Givi Berikashvili, Zina Kverenchkhiladze, Murman Jinoria, Nato Metonidze, "Kartuli Khmebi", Tamriko Chokhonelidze, Mariam Roinishvili, Ia Shugliashvili, Maia Jabua and others. The funds raised at the charity evening were given to children without guardians and socially unprotected families.
Paata Burchuladze is well known among Russian classic music fans. In 1981 the Georgian basso became a Tchaikovsky prize winner and soon obtained a worldwide recognition. Burchuladze continues to perform in La Scala (Milan), Covent Garden (London), Metropolitan Opera (New-York). Unfortunately last year Paata canceled his September concert in Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow referring to the health problems. The fact he was waited in Russia is evident: the tickets had been sold out for two days. But Burchuladze preferred to outwait the period of Moscow-Tbilisi conflict aggravation.
Burchuladze's Russian fans must be glad now: on March 5 Paata Burchuladze's concert will take place in Samara State Philharmonic Hall as stated on the site of the province government. We will hope this performance will be followed by the glorious singer's return to Moscow scene.
In his interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta Paata once confessed: "In fact I am a Soviet man. Moscow for me is the capital of the Soviet Union where I spent my young years. This is part of my life". Opera connoisseurs consider Burchuladze as a Soviet, not Georgian singer and long to hear his voice live.