Ensemble “Rustavi” Administration Press Release, September 14th, 2019
Connecting with the 50th anniversary of the Ensemble “Rustavi”, there has been published a very important anthology – “400 Georgian Folk Songs”.
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Ensemble “Rustavi” is 50 years old!
For 50 years the group, collector of the treasure of our culture, reviver and developer of the Georgian chant, song and dance, has been making an effort, protecting the testamentary of our forefathers devotedly, with true love, and faithfully. The Ensemble is the presenter of the honor of the nation, its spiritual greatness, the musical symbol of the Georgian identity.
Today they bitterly struggle against these values. Hence the endeavors of the Ensemble deserve special appreciation. We congratulate each member of the Ensemble, – the old and new generations; we congratulate and bless the founder of “Rustavi” Mr. Anzor Erkomaishvili and all the people supporting him; you defeated the time for you serve the true art.
God have mercy on you and all Georgia, Amen!
Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II