Gurian folk songs

Guria is distinguished by its variety of folklore patterns. Gurian songshold a very special place in the region’s heart. Everywhere, at any time and under any conditions, the Gurians tried to find pleasure and facilitate work, relieve sorrow.

Harmonious, adapted and sweetened with hard[AH1] workGurian song became more fruitful and arid[AH2] , giving meaning and joy. It gave motivation to the lazy, encouraged the weary, increased spiritual and physical strength. Among the songs of the Guria region, "Krimanchuli" and "Kanuri" are very famous. Krimanchuli is one of the leading voices in the song, but sometimes it can be performed individually. "Khanuri" or "Naduri" is the most difficult counterpoint between voices. It is performed alternately by a soloist (Krimanchuli and Bani) and a two-voice choir (soloist and bani)

 Gurian folk dances

Guria is known for the old dances: "farcakuku″, "Kalmakhoba″, "Dance with leaves", "Death-Life", "Dance with Mimicry", "Perkhuli", which are described by the famous ethnographer Ap. Tsuladze in his book "Ethnographic Guria".

The "Partsakuku" dance, originating in folk art and brough to life by a Georgian folk artist, Giorgi Salukvadze, was first shown in 1951. It is a dance of a number of horsemen who have won the war. They dance with women. In Guria, they knew the three-storey "Partzakuk".[AH3] Ap. Tsuladze writes in his book: "Partsakuku" is an ancient dance. At first, only women danced it. The lyrics of the song suggest that itwas supposed to be perceived as a dance of Georgian Amazons″.

In 1954 "Kalmakhuri" was restored by a scientist called Salukvadze. It was a ritual work dance. Later its name was changed to "trout fishing", because the dance expresses fishing.

 [AH1]“sweetened with hard work” – it sounds like an oxymoron

 [AH2]I believe it is not possible to be „fruitful and arid” at the same time


 [AH3]unintelligible fragment, what does it mean „three-storey dance”?


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