Greek composer, activist and politician Mikis Theodorakis has died at the age of 96.
According to reports in the Greek press, Theodorakis died at his home in the capital Athens at 9:30 am local time.
The artist, who brought the “Sirtaki” dance to the world with the music he performed for the 1964 film “Zorba”, had been undergoing treatment for respiratory disorders for some time.
World famous composer, activist and politician Mikis Teodorakis was born July 29, 1925 in Chios.
STARTED MUSIC IN CHILDHOOD
The artist, whose father is Yorgos Teodorakis of Crete and Aspasia Pulaki, born in Çeşme-Urla, began to compose with an intense interest in music since his childhood.
Theodorakis gave his first concert at the age of 17. He joined the resistance movement of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) and the National Liberation Front (EAM) organization in Greece, which was occupied by Italy and then Germany during World War II.
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EXPOSED DURING THE CIVIL WAR
Theodorakis, who was imprisoned and tortured several times during the civil war in Greece, was later exiled from the country.
Teodorakis, who moved to Paris in 1954 to continue his musical studies, returned to Greece in 1961.
Mikis Teodorakis was elected here president of the Lambrakis Youth Organization, and soon after he was elected MP from Piraeus and entered parliament.
The artist, who was again jailed for his anti-regime activities during the Junta of Colonels in 1967, was sent into exile in 1970 when his sentence was overturned thanks to the international solidarity campaign.
Theodorakis returned to his country after the collapse of the Colonel Junta in 1974.
HE WAS FOUNDER OF THE TURKISH-GREEK FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION
Teodorakis, who has been elected to parliament four times with the KKE and the New Democracy Party; He founded the Turkish-Greek Friendship Association in 1986 with artists such as Zülfü Livaneli, Aziz Nesin, Yaşar Kemal.
At the same time, Theodorakis, who attracted attention with the concerts he gave in Istanbul, wrote and composed around 1000 songs and numerous works of classical music. He has also written the music for many modern tragedies, plays and films.
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President Erdogan visited Theodorakis at his home in 2010.
Erdogan, who paid an official visit to Greece at the time, visited Theodorakis with his wife Emine Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreou after the Turkish-Greek Affairs Forum meeting at which he attended Athens.
Known for the concerts he gave with Zülfü Livaneli, Theodorakis also presented a CD of his joint works and his own works to President Erdoğan.