The members of P'ank'isi Ensemble are Kists1 from P'ank'isi Gorge2 in northeast Georgia.
Through their songs, both sacred and secular, the group strives to keep their Chechen musical traditions alive. They frequently perform throughout Georgia, and have also travelled to France to participate in world music festivals. Dressed in colorful traditional costume to perform, and accompanied by the balalaika3 and doli, their music and dance is well-loved by Georgians, who never fail to give huge applause and standing ovations at their concerts. P'ank'isi Ensemble is directed by Bela Mutoshvili.
Ensemble Members: Bela Mutoshvili; Arbi Mutoshvili; Anzhela Machalik'ashvili; Nana Mutoshvili; Nino Pareulidze; Giorgi Gumashvili; Lasha Ts'uts'ashvili; Lia Ach'ishvili
To hear another musician from the P'ank'isi Gorge, visit the page of Musa Imali.
2A valley in northeastern Georgia that borders Chechnya and is mainly inhabited by Kists.
3A Russian folk string instrument that made its way into the northeastern highlands of Georgia. It has three strings, a triangular body, and is tuned the same as the classical panduri. Read more about the balalaika here.