Monday, September 26, 2011

Akaki Tsereteli!

Akaki Tsereteli was  a prominent Georgian poet and national liberation movement figure.He was born in the village of Skhvitori on June 9, 1840 to the prominent Georgian aristocratic family. His father was Prince Rostom Tsereteli. His father was Prince Rostom Tsereteli. Following the old tradition Ak'ak'i Tsereteli spent his childhood years in the village of Savane in a peasant’s family and was brought up by a peasant nanny, all of which made him feel empathy for the peasants’ life in Georgia.

He graduated from the Kutaisi Gymnasium in 1852 and the University of Saint Petersburg Faculty of Oriental Languages in 1863.Prince Akaki Tsereteli was a close friend of Prince Ilia Chavchavadze , Georgian progressive intellectual youth leader.
He is an author of hundreds of patriotic, historical, lyrical and satiric poems, also humoristic stories and autobiographic novel. Ak'ak'i Tsereteli was involved actively in educational, journalistic and theatrical activities.

The famous Georgian folk song Suliko (full English version) is based on Ak'ak'i Tsereteli’s lyrics.He died on January 26, 1915 and was buried at the Mtatsminda Pantheon in Tbilisi.

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