Poet, translator Giorgi Lobzhanidze honoured with Iran's prestigious Shahriar festival medal

The Georgian poet and translator has been distinguished for both his own work and for making poetry available to readers in different languages. Photo: Rafal Komorowski/CC BY-SA 4.0).

Agenda.ge, 19 Nov 2021 - 13:31, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian poet and professor Giorgi Lobzhanidze has been distinguished with one of Iran's top awards, after receiving the Shahriar International Scientific and Cultural Medal at the festival of the same title.

Distinguished at the sixth edition of the event, Lobzhanidze, a recipient of prizes at international festivals including the Grand Prix of the International Poetry Day in Qatar last month, was again singled out for his translation work.

The cover of the Georgian edition of the 'Masnavi' series, a poem by the Persian poet Rumi, translated by Lobzhanidze. Image via Sulakauri Publishing.

The Iranian festival's organisers picked him for the prize for his work on making poetry by the 13th century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Rumi available to readers in Georgian, in addition to contributing through introductory commentary.

The award is used by the scientific council of the University of Tabriz to honour researchers for contributions to developing studies of Iranian culture, with previous recipients including Georgian academics Thea Shurghaia, Nomadi Bartaia and Maia Sakhokia.

Lobzhanidze, an associate professor at the Tbilisi State University, has earned plaudits and prizes for his work in translation and poetry, with honours including the one from the Nazra festival in October, a spot among finalists of the Il Tiburtino International Literary Prize for Unpublished Poetry in Italy last year, and more.