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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:
  • 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
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.
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):
Ruth Abrass
Navruz Avloni
Shirchin Baatar
Hanna Bailey
Elena Balashova
Alexander Bapa
Natalie Bondar
Kathleen Braunstein
Genrietta Bykin
Maria Bykin
JoAnn Conrad
Dieter Christensen
Wayne Eastep
Patrick Hayes
David Hooson
Karen Folger Jacobs
Anait Khudanazarova
Jack Kollmann
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Scott Morgan
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Zhanara Nauryzbaeva
Karen Nelsen
Joan E. Norvelle
Beket Nurzhanov
James O.Bailey
Akin Orhun
Skydrite Rubene
Vadim Ryvkin
Ernar Sagatov
Turburam Sandagdorj
Martin Schwartz
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Elizabeth Shedd
Tatiana Shubin
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Irina Serkebaeva
John Sommer
Kemal Sonmez
Tenzin Tsophel
Orna Uranchimeg-Tsultem
Bayan Tulegenova
Leonid Urjuk
Santo K. van Ess
Albina Yerzhanova
Joanne Yoshimura 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
Current Announcements
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!