Khinkali birthday dinner in Dusheti

Dusheti, a town 30 miles northeast of Tbilisi, is well known for its khinkali. Susanna joins other women in making khinkali for a birthday dinner; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

Tamuna Gogatishvili invited us to Maia’s home in Dusheti, where friends and extended family members gathered to celebrate Mate’s 15th birthday; copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.

Mate blows out the candles on his birthday cake–a raspberry layered white cake; copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.

Maia must have spent the entire day in the kitchen cooking the meal and making the delicious birthday cake; copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.

After dinner, the young generation danced traditional Georgian dances and played the piano for everyone’s pleasure; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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