Amiran was born and raised in the picturesque village of Chargali, Vazha-Pshavela’s1 birthplace. He loves singing ballads on his panduri2 and on occasion gathers with local men to sing old Pshav3 songs. His voice can also be heard in Lashari Ensemble recordings.
1Luka Razikashvili (1861-1916) was one of Georgia’s most famous poets and writers. He wrote under the pen name Vazha-Pshavela, which literally means the ''son from Pshavi.'' He was born and raised in the village of Chargali where a museum for him, opened in 1961, exists today.
2A three-stringed, fretted lute common in all regions of northeastern Georgia. The instrument is most frequently used to accompany ballad singing. Read more about the panduri here.
3A highland in northeast Georgia. Read more about Pshavi here.