Izolda Namgalauri
Zemo Kedi

Born in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, Izolda married into the village of Zemo Kedi in the Shiraki Valley on the border of Azerbaijan.


Zemo Kedi was settled by Mtiul people1 in the beginning of the 20th century, when the highlanders were encouraged to move to the plains where they were given land and the opportunity to work. Izolda quickly became an active member of the local Cultural Center in Zemo Kedi, frequently participating in theater and choral performances.


Today she lives with her husband, daughter and grandson.


To hear another artist from Zemo Kedi, visit the page of Maqvala Ts'ik'lauri.


1Mtiuleti is a highland in northeast Georgia. Read more about it here.  

Izolda Namgalauri - Vazha-Pshavelaze
+ Song Info

A ballad about Vazha-Pshavela.1


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.

+ Lyrics


(scroll down for English translation)


Mtebi dardoben shens ts’asvlas

Mgosani natel pikrebad

Amboben vazhas sik’vdili

Sad tkmula rogor ikneba


Ra mok’lavs pikrsa natelsa

Azrsa mzesavit brts’qinvalis

Tavs rom mkhsnel parad elveba

K’avk’asionis mqinvarebs


Vin shedzlos navlad aktsios

Ts’igni simgherit nats’eri

Mze rom k’ashk’ashit danatis

Kartuli sibrdznis nateli


Vin gadatelos shelakhos

Sanatas ts’minda mandili

An sasik’vdilod dasakhvros

Aludas gulis ts’adili


Chargals dauch’k’nos mshveneba

Darials shekhsnas k’arebi

K’viria lachrad asakhos

Lelas dastkharos tvalebi


Vidre tsa mits’as dahqurebs

Ra dzala shedzlebs rakheli

Chvens guls most’atsos mohglijos

Vazha-pshavelas sakheli


Mtebi tav chachknianebi

P’iris mzis eshkhit kharoben

Nairnairi prinvelni

Mzis amosvlasa galoben


Shens gzas gastskeren mgosano

Nat’roben gnakhon tvalita

Sheni panduris prangulit

Sheni perit da dzalita


Ganakhlebuli samshoblo

Mudam siamit gigonebs

Damt’k’bari gulit dakharis

Bukhris ts’in nat’ser st’rikonebs


Mtats’mindav gulshi ikhut’ebs

Niavi charglis mdelosi

Sakveqnod sakhel gantkmulo

Mshvenebav sakartvelosi






Poet, The mountains grieve

Your transformation into light thoughts2

They say of the death of Vazha:

Where is this said, and how can this be?


What kills light thoughts

And ideas as brilliant as the sun?

They embrace the Caucasus glaciers

Like a savior’s shield


Who can possibly quell

A book written like a song,

The light of Georgian wisdom,

On which the sun shines bright.


Who can trample or abase

Sanata’s3 holy head-scarf

Who can spear to death

Aluda’s4 heart’s wish


Chargali’s5 devitalized beauty

Darial’s open doors6 

Who can represent K’viria as a coward

Who can gouge out Lela’s eyes7


Until the sky looks down on the ground

No strength or hand can grab or steal

Vazha-Pshavela’s name

From our hearts


The helmeted mountains

Are happy to see the sun

Different birds

Are chanting for the sun rise


They are looking at roads you've passed, Poet

They wish to see you with their eyes

And your panduri’s French

And your colors and strengths8


The renewed homeland

Always remembers you with pleasure

He looks down with a sweetened heart

On the lines written in front of the hearth


Mtats’minda9 embraces in its heart

The breeze blown from Chargali’s fields

The celebrated and famous

Beauty of Georgia.


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.


2Your passing and going to Heaven.


3A character in Vazha-Pshavela's epic poem ''Bakht'rioni'' (1892).


4The hero from Vazha Pshavela's 1888 epic poem ''Aluda Ketelauri.'' Aluda was a Khevsur famous for his bravery and his warrior skills, but was expelled from his village after confessing his admiration for their historical enemy.


5The village in the Pshavi highland in northeastern Georgia where Vazha-Pshavela was born.


6Darial Pass in Mokhevi (1,450 meters) is one of the most important passes in the Caucaus. It is the historical pass in the central Caucasus that connects Vladikavkaz in Russia to Tbilisi, Georgia's capital.


7K'viria and Lela are also characters from Vazha-Pshavela's ''Bakht'rioni.''


8The meaning behind these lines is that Vazha-Pshavela's writing was so full of the intense colors of nature, people desired to see his creations again, filled with colors, strength and musicality.


9Refers to the Mtats'minda Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures where Vazha-Pshavela is buried, located in the churchyard of Saint David's Church in Tbilisi on the slope of Mount Mtats'minda.