The FINANCIAL – The first year students of Shota Rustaveli Theater and Cinema State University of Georgia took a solemn oath in renovated Marjanishvili House-museum. The distinguished celebrities symbolically ‘baptised’ the future actors by the makeup and blesse them on the road to big stage.
After a break of ten years, a big tradition of first-year students “christening” has been restored by Redix, the Georgian developer. The ceremony at the Theatrical University in Kote Marjanishvili Museum became an annual occasion.
On October 4, 2008, sixty first-year students of the Theatrical University swore to serve to their future profession and were blessed so that the main actors of Marjanishvili Theatre will serve the large charity of the greatest Georgian producer, establisher of the theatre and one of the most significant Georgian cultural figures of the 20th century.
Renovation of this tradition is connected to the renovation of the house museum of Kote Marjanishvili in Kvareli and the 85 year anniversary of the university.
The house museum of the well-known Georgian producer of theatre Kote Marjanishvili (1872-1933) was established in 1959. Antique and special objects are kept in the the museum funds and on display.
On June 7 the renewed museum of Kote Marjanishvili in Kvareli was opened, where producer, establisher of the theatre and one of the most significant Georgian cultural figures of the 20th century Kote Marjanishvili was born and brought up.
“For cinema and theatre representatives it’s very important to be present at such a great event. I think it is a restoration of great traditions for all Georgians and foreigners. Redix will continue its work in the direction of cultural monuments, which our country is rich in,” Lasha Papashvili, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bank Republic/ Group Société Générale, General Director of the Development Company Redix, told The FINANCIAL.
Restoration of the museum, the cost of which exceeding the expected USD 250,000, actually cost USD 1.5 million, is the first step of Papashvili’s ambitious plans envisioning the development of the Kaheti region.
Due to Papashvili’s initiative the best plays are annually awarded with “Duruji”. In 1924 association-corporation “Duruji” was established at the Rustaveli Theatre, where Kote Marjanishvili was elected as the chairman.