Tina is a panduri and balalaika1 player from Pshavi. She comes from Matura, one of the most isolated villages in the highland. She grew up singing with her two sisters. Her father P'avle was a woodworker and instrument maker, known throughout the area for his skills.
It is rare to find a mountain woman like Tina who plays the balalaika, an instrument mainly played by men in Georgia.
Today, Tina lives in the village of Bichnigauri with her aunt and uncle. She has one daughter and two grandchildren.
1A russian folk instrument that made its way into the northeastern highlands of Georgia. It has three strings, a triangular body, and is tuned the same way as the classical panduri. Read more here.