Darejan’s mother was pregnant when her father left to fight in World War II. Before his departure, he framed a photograph of himself into his panduri1 and left it to his unborn child. Darejan’s father never returned from the war, but she continued his legacy by becoming a fine singer and panduri player.
Today she has two children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and continues to play and sing.
To hear another artist from K'ak'abeti, visit the profile of Nik'oloz Gigoshvili.
1A 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.