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Vysotsky in the heart of the Georgian people

28.01.2013  |  18:33

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On January 25, all over the world the people remembered the great bard and a talented artist Vladimir Vysotsky. Work of this genius will always be remembered. A galaxy of talented songwriters, great actors and musicians, intellectuals and free-thinking people has grown on the songs of this unsurpassed man. In Tbilisi, the evening of memory "Of course, I'll be back ...", dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Vysotsky, was organized by the International Cultural and Educational Union "Russian Club" with the support of the Cartu Fund.

The concert was attended by the Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia Guram Odisharia, as well as numerous representatives of the diplomatic corps and intellectuals. The concert was hosted by Nicholas Sventitsky - President of International Cultural and Educational Union "Russian Club". Sventitsky said that Vladimir Vysotsky had immortalized everything he had written and sung, becoming a legend after death.

The concert was attended by Georgian pop stars - Irma Sokhadze, Nugzar Kvashali, Irina Megvinetukhutsesi, Besik Kalandadze, ensemble "Forte", Veriko Turashvili, Salome Bakuradze, Oto Nemsadze, Temo Sajaia Eka Kvaliashvili, children's vocal and dance ensemble Funkids.

Not only Georgian artists performed at the concert, but also the guests specially invited by the organizers. "Brothers-Slavs" Michael Gritskan from Ukraine and Arthur Fedorovich from Belarus also pleased Tbilisi audience. Tbilisi scene for a while made forget about the eternal misunderstandings between Armenia and Azerbaijan. David Khachatryan from Yerevan and Samir Rajabov and Elkhan Chelyabi from Baku featured in the concert.

Vakhtang Kikabidze, People's Artist of the USSR: "On the funeral day, I asked my friend to go earlier to avoid the crowds to quietly say goodbye to this great man. We came by night, from before dawn, and there were so many people in the dark that it was impossible to breathe. People were in shock and despair, absorbed by this universal grief. And then I remember I said a phrase that was later widely distributed, "If Volodya knew how the citizens of the country love him, he would have died in the second time".

He was a phenomenon, attracted to life and everything that happens in this world. Unfortunately, there will never be such great bards, like Vysotsky, Galich, Okudzhava. Today young people are interested in other "values". I do not blame anyone, new times bring different things. But I would like so much the young people to see and distinguish the real things in this life".

David Khachatryan, a guest from Armenia: "I am theater and movie actor; I perform my own songs and songs of Vysotsky. For me, Vladimir Vysotsky is great poet and composer, the man on whose works I grew up, became an artist, whose songs I learned to play on guitar, and I love all that he created. His brilliant acting in the movies has forever penetrated into the hearts of the people. In Yerevan, we regularly hold evening of memory of the poet; I often take part in them. In my country, people love Vysotsky".

Eka Kvaliashvili, singer, Georgia: "I am very pleased to take part in this anniversary evening in memory of Vladimir Vysotsky. For me, this man is a multi-faceted artist; I am a devoted admirer of his work. When I sing his song dedicated to the woman he loved - Marina Vlady, I feel unique feelings. This penetration into the essence of consciousness and touching sensibility admires me. Perhaps this is strange and unexpected, but I'm comparing Vladimir Vysotsky with Edgar Poe. Their work is different, but invaluable great. For me, these people are somehow similar; some invisible thread is connecting them with each other. Tbilisi every year remembers Vladimir Vysotsky, people are gathering to listen to favorite songs and enjoy the memories again and again".

Michael Gritskan, singer, composer, Ukraine: "I think it's great to hold such wonderful evening and remember Vladimir Vysotsky. This is a great poet.

For me Vysotsky is absentee teacher who inspired me to create and sing. I have been working on the professional stage for 6 years, performing rock ballads. At each of my solo concert I surely sing the songs of Vysotsky. He did not leave anybody indifferent to his creativity, and I am among those people. For me, he is a very special artist.

I am in Georgia for the first time, and I am touched by the attentiveness and hospitality. Tbilisi is very beautiful and colorful city. I am very pleased that this beautiful country remembers and loves Vladimir Vysotsky".


Khatuna Mamniashvili


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