Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center
Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an
impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the
Silk Road House are:
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and
cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern
day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural
center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information
concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
- to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
- to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
- to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk
Road House – by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...
Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Karen Folger Jacobs
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Joan E. Norvelle
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Santo K. van Ess
...as well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.
Our cordial thanks to all of you!
- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
A Georgian Day at the Silk Road House...
The Caravan of Stories is coming to Tbilisi, which means there will be amorous pumpkins, thirsty jugs, loyal hounds, troublesome shape-shifters, and plenty of devis. There will also be a display of Georgian swords (kinjals). Hope to see you there!
Performers: Neshama Franklin and Dana Sherry
May 15th, Sunday, 1-3pm
Ramaz Bluashvili (Tbilisi): From Aviation to Polyphony to Cosmos.
Mr. Ramaz Bluashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1976. After graduating from the Tbilisi State University, where he studies Arabic Languages and History, Ramaz pursued his career in Television. In late 1990th, Ramaz was the director of the 3-hour morning program. In 1999, he was hired as the business manager of the Georgian State National Singing and Dancing Ensemble and was one of the producers of the immensely popular show “The Georgian Legend”. In 2001 Ramaz came to the United States to study the television production at the Art Institute of Seattle. While in the US, he started fulfilling his boyhood dream: Ramaz was always interested in the history of aviation and especially American aviation. One day, while reading on the internet the history of American aviation, he stumbled upon the name Alexander Kartveli (1896-1974). It was unexpected revelation because “Kartveli”, on Georgian language, means “Georgian”. From that day on Ramaz embarked on an extraordinary journey. He decided to start research and find out everything about this great Georgian-American aircraft designer. This journey took him around the United States, places such as the archives of NASA, the US Air Force, several aviation museums, and so on. While at NASA, Ramaz tried to find out how the celebrated Georgian multipart folk song “Chakrulo” ended up on the Voyager Spacecraft in 1977, as part of the unique message from the humankind. He was introduced to Ms. Ann Druyan (the widow of famous cosmologist, “The People's Astronomer” Carl Sagan, 1934-1996). Ms. Druyan told Ramaz the incredible story of how the Georgian “Chakrulo” moved out of the “Golden Record” Russian song “Moscow Nights”.
During this presentation, Mr. Ramaz Bluashvili is going to tell the story of his astonishing research and how his findings made entire Georgian nation proud forever.
May 15th, Sunday, 1-3pm
Hope to see you there at the Silk Road House in Berkeley, as always!