Ana Kalandadze

Ana Kalandadze (Georgian: ანა კალანდაძე) (15 December 1924 – 11 March 2008) was a Georgian poet and one of the most influential female figures in modern Georgian literature.

Ana Kalandadze
Born15 December 1924 (1924-12-15)
Khidistavi, Guria, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Died11 March 2008 (2008-03-12) (aged 83)
Resting placeMtatsminda Pantheon
Alma materTbilisi State University

Kalandadze was born in the village Khidistavi near Chokhatauri in Georgia's southwest region of Guria. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology at Tbilisi State University in 1946, and published her first poems the same year. Her intricate, subtle rhythms, and personal lyricism garnered much popularity.[1] In the words of Professor Donald Rayfield:

From the 700 or so poems she has now published it is now possible to extract some sort of consistent philosophy, for all the reticence and stoicism. The rare outburst of defiance never amount to more than a couple of lines in a poem and have been subtle enough not to arouse the antagonism of [Soviet] authority.

— Rayfield, p. 274.[2]

Many of Kalandadze's poems on patriotic and romantic themes have been made into popular songs. She was also a prolific translator of Russian and European poetry. She died as a result of cerebrovascular incident and was buried at the Mtatsminda Pantheon.[3]


  1. ^ Osborne, Karen Lee; Tuite, Kevin (1986). "Ana Kalandadze and Lia Sturua: Two Contemporary Georgian Poets". Literary Review. 30 (1): 5–23.
  2. ^ Rayfield, Donald (2000), The Literature of Georgia: A History, p. 274. Routledge, ISBN 0-7007-1163-5.
  3. ^ (in Russian) Известная грузинская поэтесса Анна Каландадзе будет похоронена на Мтацминда[permanent dead link]. NewsGeorgia. March 14, 2008.

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