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Gudastviri is a Georgian wind instrument very like to European Bagpipe. It is widespread instrument in west region of Georgia - Racha. Gudastviri is used for accompaniment. Mostly recitative songs were performed with its accompaniment in the region of Racha. Gudastviri player’s repertoire mainly consists of historical, epic, satirical, comic, lyrical verses, which are performed as one part songs. These songs are recitatives and it is the text not the melody that plays the basic role in the performance. Usually, men play this instrument.

It seems that Rachian Gudastviri players - strolling musicians were welcomed guests at every family, merriment, party or wedding. It was a kind of profession that served as the source of their income. Gudastviri players often took part in the old Georgian improvisation competition “Berikaoba”, where they had to invent a witty epic, lyrical or comical poems and retell them accompanied with Gudastviri music.

Wind instrument - Gudastviri
Wind instrument - Gudastviri
Wind instrument - Gudastviri
Wind instrument - Gudastviri
Wind instrument - Gudastviri
Wind instrument - Gudastviri
Wind instrument - Gudastviri
Wind instrument - Gudastviri
Gudastviri's stviri (pipe)

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