0950 GMT July 20, 2019
Organized by Iran’s Cultural Center and Georgia’s institute, the event’s opening ceremony was hosted by Georgian researchers, Iranologists and university professors, IRNA reported.
The director of the institute Giorgi Sanikidze said that the cultural event aims to introduce Iran’s valuable history and culture to Georgian researchers and university students.
Iran’s Cultural attaché in Georgia Mojtaba Kamran-Fard said that Iran-Georgia cultural and literary relations date back to thousands of years ago.
In 1960, Institute of Oriental Studies was founded by Giorgi Tsereteli.
The institute aims to conduct research on Oriental linguistics, history of Oriental people, literature and culture as well as Georgia’s cultural relations with eastern countries.
Todua is recognized as the best researcher in the Iranian studies section of the award ceremony. He is a prominent Iranologist whose works cover the translation of Molana’s mystical poems into Georgian, Persian lyric poetry and the like. He has conducted considerable studies on Iran leading to his present award as a result of his endeavors in the area.
Moreover, Todua has authored many books on Persian literature, Iran's literary, historical and cultural ties with Georgia, codicology and textology.
His translations range from Persian masterpieces like Rudaki, Ganjavi and Hafez poems to Imam Khomeini's philosophical pieces.
Todua has published more than 100 research papers. In addition, he has gained an international status via his 36 books on Persian literature in Persian, Russian and Georgian.