On the 125th Anniversary of the Georgian poet Galaktion Tabidze Asia House will present a fascinating talk on the poet’s life and works by Professor Innes Merabishvili, followed by a recital of selected poems.
Galaktion Tabidze was born in Georgia, in 1892 and became one of the most recognizable Georgian poets of the early 20th Century. He was often called ‘genius’ and ‘the King of Poets’ by his contemporaries. With his incredibly romantic poems Galaktion created his own, unique world of poetry, delivering the beauty of Georgian language and the elasticity of words. Much of his work is influenced by the Symbolists movement.
When the future poet was 8 years old, his mother took him to the city of Kutaisi and enrolled him in the school run by one of the priests, namely Nestor Kubaneishvili. In 1910 Galaktion moved to Tbilisi Theological Academy and published his first magazine called “Shuki” (The Light). He then began to work as a teacher in rural schools.
Galaktion’s first book was published in 1914 and the second – in 1919. These collections of poems brought him a great success. In 1916 his poems were printed in one of the most popular magazines called “The Blue Horns” (“Tsisperi Kantsebi”). One of his most influential books was called “Artistic Flowers” (1919). In 1933 Galaktion was given the official title of “People’s Writer” and 25 years of his literary activities were celebrated at the Tbilisi Opera House.
The English translations from Galaktion Tabidze are by Professor Innes Merabishvili, Head of the Department of Translatology at Tbilisi State University. Professor Merabishvili is a well-known Byron scholar who has rendered many of Lord Byron’s poems into Georgian.
Note: There will be a welcome address by the Ambassador of Georgia to the UK, HE Tamar Beruchashvili.
A new British publication of enlarged and revised edition of Galaktion’s poems will be launched at the event.
Wine for the reception is generously supported by the Embassy of Georgia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
General Admission: £10, Concessions: £8, Asia House Arts Members: £5