The 200th anniversary of Sándor Petöfi's birth celebrated in Tbilisi

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Sándor Petöfi – 200

On 8 December, the Faculty of Social Sciences at Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University and the Embassy of Hungary in Georgia co-organised the 200th birth anniversary of Sándor Petöfi.

The university arranged a four-part event in the student space to introduce the life and work of the outstanding Hungarian poet to the Georgian students.

Tbilisi State University Professor Eka Vardoshvili, Shota Rustaveli Georgian Literature Institute Professor Levan Gelashvili, and Visiting Professor at Tbilisi State University, Dr Árpád Éles from ELTE (Hungary), presented three individual research about Sándor Petöfi's poetry, Georgian translations and publications of his works, his family and love interest, political and revolutionary activities.

The SabaUni students Vasil Dogonadze, George Khvareshia, and David Shvelidze performed a dozen Georgian translations of Sándor Petöfi's most famous poems, accompanied each other by live piano playing.

After the coffee break, the 1973 screen adaptation of Sándor Petöfi's epic, the animation "Johnny Corncob" (János Vitéz, 1973), directed by Marcell Jankovics, was shown on a big screen.

The end of the anniversary was both educational and delicious – tasting the well-known Hungarian national dish, goulash, offered to the Georgian audience by the Hungarian Professor of Georgian Studies, Dr Árpád Éles.