Veresaev Ostap Mikitich( famous blind-Kobzar, one of the last representatives of the now extinct type wandering rhapsode)
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Biography Veresaev Ostap Mikitich
He was born in 1803 or in 1805. village Kalyuzhnitsah in Priluzhskom district, Poltava province, from a sighted mother and blind father of a beggar, who earned his livelihood playing the violin. Ostap Veresaev blinded to the 4 th year and 15 years "given to science" beggar who has taken over play on Bandura. Having been in science still have a few kobza, Veresaev 40 years of wandering from village to village fairs, until he found shelter in-law. Not get along with him, Veresaev again went wandering. In one of these wanderings met him artist Leo Zhemchuzhnikov, devoting Taras and his songs in "based on" a few warmly written pages. Soon Veresaev became friends with Kulish and between them there was a curious correspondence (written with the words waiter Veres), printed in Pravda, 1868. Veresaev sang heroic epic songs, poems, spiritual content, etc.. Spiritual songs by conviction Veres, given by God for the edification of the people. Veres favorite themes - the sanctity and great strength of the parent's blessing, grief and misery man separated from family and fallen into bondage. In regard to the artistic Veresaev represented an uncommon talent. His singing was very expressive, strong tension is often allowed a flood of tears. In 1873, Mr.. Veres was brought to St. Petersburg, and here he is in a meeting of the Geographical Society on September 28 he sang his thoughts about the "flight of three brothers r Azov captivity," about "Fyodor Bezrodny" and about "the truth". In the satirical songs Ostap betrays a lack of sympathy to the estates bulkheads, mocking the stupidity and laziness. Senile, but deeply interesting, followed by accompaniment Kobza execution Veres was a huge success. Veresaev died in 1890. Old Bandura Veres is now stored in the museum of the south-western department of the Geographical Society. Wed. "Kobzar Ostap Veresaev, his music and folk songs performed by them" (Kiev, 1874, from I t. Notes of the south-western Dep. Imperial Russian Geographical Society, with articles AA. Rusova and NV. Lysenko). A. Um.