It’s often been said that Georgian folk singing is out of the world. That’s quite literally the case with one particular song, “Chakrulo.” Forty years ago, it went into space on board the Voyager spacecraft as part of NASA’s message to the universe. With its eye on fame in this galaxy and beyond, Georgia has not missed the chance to mark the anniversary.
A series of events in Tbilisi this week will celebrate “Chakrulo,” a powerful, polyphonic folk battle song included in the Golden Record of 27 selections of world music that traveled with the two Voyagers on August 20 and September 5, 1977. Aside from film screenings and a concert, NASA’s Voyager Project Manager John Casani and Mars Exploration Program Manager Rob Manning are in town for lectures and roundtables about space exploration and science.
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