The book covering Georgia’s cultural heritage titled Georgia: History, Culture, Ethnography was presented in Strasbourg. The presentation was attended by the President.
The book is a unique English-language publication that is edited by musicologist Anzor Erkomaishvili, primarily known for his founding and leadership of the “Rustavi” State Academic Ensemble of Georgian Folk Song and Dance. The book is the latest in a myriad of works produced by Erkomaishvili, who created the “Martve” ensemble of folk singing in 1978 and was credited with “saving” the then-neglected heritage of Georgian national singing tradition.
The book includes historical material on subjects ranging from the gorgeous piercing tones of Georgian polyphonic singing to the art of traditional stone masonry; also a multimedia appendix with audio recordings of folk songs and church hymns, along with the recordings of folk dances- some of them dating back to 1901.