On 11 November 2019, the annual Rustaveli Day was held at the Royal Asiatic Society in London. The event jointly organized by the British-Georgian Society and the Royal Asiatic Society was dedicated to the Anglo-Georgian Connections.
The conference was opened by David Gigauri, member of the British Georgian Society and Dr. Alison Ohta, Director of the Royal Asiatic Society.
HE Tamar Beruchashvili Ambassador of Georgia to the UK addressed the audience with keynote speech. In her address, the Ambassador highlighted Marjory Wardrop's role and importance in Georgia-UK relations. Marjory Scott Wardrop was a pioneering scholar and translator of Georgian. She taught herself Georgian, eventually travelled there, and was revered in the country for her scholarship and for her crucial role in bringing Georgia and Georgian culture to a wider international audience.
150th birth anniversary of Marjory Wardrop is celebrated by UNESCO throughout 2019 and this year Rustaveli Day coincided with her birthday. As an English scholar and translator of Georgian literature, she was the first who translated Shota Rustaveli’s masterpiece ‘The Knight in the Panther's Skin”.
It is to mentioned that Embassy of Georgia to the UK started celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Marjory Scott Wardrop on 12 February, 2019 with a kick-off event held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The launch event was initiated by the Embassy of Georgia to the UK and generously supported by the Marjory Wardrop Fund and the Bodleian Library.
During Rustaveli Day, Nino Strachey spoke about her mother’s Princess Tamara Bagrationi-Imeretinsky’s life and connections. Nino, herself visited Georgia in 1996 upon the invitation of former president of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze and was the first member of the family to return to Georgia since 1810.
The life of the industrialist Michael Aramyants and close ties with Georgia was also presented during the conference by his descendants Alec and Katya D’Janoeff. Aramyants’ career is linked to a number of ambitious projects in Tbilisi, including famous hospital and hotels.
The event was followed by a reception with Georgian wine and cuisine.
The annual Rustaveli Day will be traditionally held next Autumn which will be dedicated to the Georgian Culture.