The beautiful tradition of taking an oath by first year students, forgotten in the last century, was revived at support of the Development Company “Redix”. The first year students of the Theater and Cinema University swore solemnly in the cellar of the renovated Marjanishvili house-museum.
“I swear that I will serve for my motherland devotionally and become a professional of my business”. This is one of the important parts of the oath, pronounced by novice actors together with People’s Actor of Georgia Guram Sagaradze. After taking the oath, the so-called “baptism” took place - honored actors symbolically blessed the creative development of future actors by making-up their faces.
Revival of the tradition to take an oath by students was related to the 85th anniversary of establishment of the Theater and Cinema University and renovation of the Marjanishvili house-museum in Kvareli.
Revival of this ceremony was planned in the Company “Redix” in summer, when the renovation works of the Marjanishvili house-museum entered the final stage. This historical monument was rehabilitated for about a year at assistance of the Company “Redix”, Charitable Fund “Tsiskari” and Bank Republic/Societe Generale Group. On the basis of the archive photo documents the building, being in the gravest condition, was completely restored. Exposition was renewed, enriched and perfected.
The ceremony of taking an oath by first year students was carried out first in Kvareli and then in Telavi. Kote Marjanishvili staged his performances in the cellar of the house in Kvareli; therefore revival of the forgotten tradition took place in the renewed museum in Kvareli.
“Teacher and students were glad to be present at the ceremony. During the ritual, the famous Georgian actors made up novice students as a symbol of impersonation. The rector granted the first year students by souvenirs, one box of make-up or a book with an autograph of the author. There was joy and actors’ celebration”… This is how Professor Vasil Kiknadze, Doctor of Art History, remembers this beautiful tradition.
“Revival of the forgotten ceremony will be a great stimulus for novice actors. I am content that we have had such an opportunity to gladden the youth. It is pleasant that this damaged and forsaken building revived and will remain the most beautiful, unforgettable recollection for the whole life for students and actors of the older generation”, the Director General of the Company “Redix” Lasha Papashvili stated.
According to Lasha Papashvili, one more significant tradition will be established in the Kvareli museum. According to his initiative, the award “Duruji” for the best performance of the year, will be annually given here. Naturally, it will be an additional stimulus for artistic figures.
Therefore, the Marjanishvili House-Museum will entertain a lot of spectators and guests, first year students will take an oath again, experienced actors will wish them to conquer desired summits. And Kvareli waits for the best for presentation of the “Duruji” award.