is a polyphonic song using metaphors and complex musical
ornamentation. Popular at festivals, it requires great mastery
from its two male soloists and male chorus. The origin of
Chakrulo is linked to the cult of wine and the culture of grapes,
which developed as early as the 8th century A.D. in the region.
The polyphonic singing probably originated in the 12th through
14th centuries, at the time of the Georgian Renaissance.
practice of Chakrulo is jeopardized by rural exodus,
industrialization and the influence of Western-style music.
Old recordings will be remastered and video recordings will be
produced. Storage and preservation of the materials will be
organized. Recording the techniques of ageing singers and
rituals linked with wine are also proposed. The International
Centre of Georgian Folk Songs is planning a festival and
concerts of folk music.