Ensemble “Rustavi” Administration Press Release, January 4th, 2020


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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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Merab Berdzenishvili




Artem Erkomaishvili once said: “If you do not love the person standing beside you, the song will not be good”. These wise words of his grandfather, was and is the guide of Anzor Erkomaishvili’s work. His kindness, strong love for the person standing beside, high professionalism, and the mission granted to him from the heaven helped him create the ensemble of Georgian folk song and dance – the renowned State Academic Ensemble of Georgian Folk Song and Dance “Rustavi” that celebrates its 40th anniversary today. The Ensemble boasts the collective of the renowned artists as its members. The aim of their activities is clear: to preserve the charm, originality and beauty of Georgian traditional folklore, search for, revive and perform forgotten folk examples. The best example for this is the song Chakrulo in which the old text was substituted by the new one more adequate to the idea of the song.

The Ensemble “Rustavi” took the task to correct the errors of the past century.

Choreography is inseparable part of the Ensemble. Here one can watch the cascade of Georgian folk dance movements – refined and elevated. Otherwise it would have been impossible, for the chief choreographer is Pridon Sulaberidze, whose art enchanted and amazed the audience.

The Ensemble “Rustavi” is very much respected in Georgia. There is no sacred or secular celebration without Mravalzhamieri and fiery Georgian dances as performed by “Rustavi”. Outside Georgia each of their concerts is the grand festival of Georgian Culture. All this is thanks to enormous energy and work. Each of the 140 concerts held abroad was met with great appraise.

I cordially congratulate “Rustavi” with their 40th anniversary and wish them more victories.


Tbilisi. 2008