Margarita, the daughter of Mikis Theodorakis, who introduced sirtaki dance to the world with the music she wrote for the film ZORBA, has composed over a thousand compositions of all musical genres from Rembetico to opera, and is considered one of the symbols of resistance, friendship, peace and democracy on the international scene, to be buried in the village of Vrahati, where her father’s summer house is located in Corinth.
He wanted to be buried in Crete
However, the mayor of Chania, Crete, Panayiotis Simandirakis, took the matter to court announcing a letter the famous composer wrote to him in 2013. According to the letter, Theodorakis wanted him to be buried in the village of Galatas in La Chania, where the graves of his mother, father and older brother are also located. Simandarikis’ claim will be heard tomorrow before the Athens court in Bidayet.
THE BROTHERS DIDN’T AGREE
Stating that she would not attend the funeral if her father was buried in Crete, Margarita Theodorakis also noted that some family members had taken her away from her father and that she had no money. The son of the famous composer Yorgo said: “Let us respect my father’s wishes”, and favored the funeral of Theodorakis on the island of Crete. Theodorakis’ coffin will be open to visitors for 3 days in the Metropolitan Church of Athens from tomorrow. After the religious service which will take place in the Metropolitan Church of Athens, he will be buried in the village of Vrahati, either in Crete or in Corinth, according to the court ruling. Meanwhile, as part of the three-day mourning proclaimed by the government, flags are half-masted and a minute’s silence is observed at each official meeting or event.