Yanka Kupala days in Tskaltubo

Within  the days of  02/06 – to 04 / 06/2016  on the initiative of  “Center for Culture and Tourism of the Municipality of  Tskaltubo” NPCLE, along with support of the Board of Tskaltubo  municipality, an event called “The Days of Yanka Kupala in Tskaltubo “, dedicated to the famous Belarusian writer was held in Tskhaltubo local museum named after George Akhvlediani   Guests of Tskhaltubo were director of the Museum of Yanka Kupala Elena Leshkovich, scientific co-workers of the Museum Elina Sviridovich and Olga Parkhimovich, together with journalists Olga Gradinar and Yulia Aksyuchic.

 Guests appeared before the audience with their program, telling about the life and work of Yanka Kupala.

As it is known, Yanka Kupala visited Tskaltubo in the 30-ies of the previous century, and here he took the healing baths. During this period, the poet fell in love with his primary care physician, a Georgian lady Elene Meteheli. She became the poet`s Muse. His feelings were pure and sincere, and to her he dedicated his poem “Genatsvale”.

Remarkable is the fact that Yanka Kupala traveled a lot, and for some time he had lived abroad, but in no country had he written a single poem.  Only Georgia`s nature and hospitality inspired the poet to write his lines, which were with great warmth expressing his feelings and emotions. Yanka Kupala poems have been translated into 117 languages.

On connecting us, Belarus colleagues asked us to find Elene Meteheli`s family. Naturally, it was not an easy task, since the events took place even before the World War II.  However, the organizers of the event Nino Kuchava and Tamta Vardosanidze, while on their business trip, found out that Elena Meteheli, Yanka Kupala`s poetic Muse, married Givi Javakhishvili, later the President of the Council of Ministers, and they have only had a daughter, Lali Javakhishvili  by name, who died three years ago. She has left three children -Tamaz Kurashvili, Givi Kurashvili and Lela Kurashvili. As it turned out, Elene`s  grandchildren live in Tbilisi, two of them being doctors, and the third is the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Georgia to Switzerland. We went to visit Mrs. Lela Kurashvili`s family, where we were very warmly received and provided with interesting information.

We are very pleased that the Belarusian colleagues fulfilled their promise and arrived in Tskaltubo to attend the event.


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