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Mikis Theodorakis passes away at 96
Mikis of Resistance and Struggle, Mikis of creation and the great
arts, is no longer with us. He passed away on Thursday 2
September at the age of 96.
"Our community is deeply saddened and mourns the passing of
Mikis Theodorakis, Greece’s most acclaimed composer whose
name is directly associated with struggle, exile and music works
that have been adored by millions around the world", says the
statement sent to the Greek Tribune by the Greek Orthodox
Community of South Australia.
"Mikis’ love for the arts and his musical genius were inspired
during the difficult years of exile where he composed music,
representative of a whole era. An era during which Mikis
Theodorakis not only was an active participant, he was the
protagonist, leading a whole generation who shared the same
"Because of his views and action, he was imprisoned, tortured
and sent to exile, affecting his health which later led to further
issues that followed him to the end of his life.
"Mikis Theodorakis was the composer who encapsulated the
turbulent history of our homeland through his lyrics and notes,
as he himself lived and experienced it for almost one full
"It was the man who taught us how to sing the poetic lyrics of
our great poets and he was content to see these works growing
roots in the heart and mind of a whole nation.
"For it is the struggles, deep history, desires and vision of the
Greek people that echo in those lyrics. His works resulted in the
Renaissance of ‘Romiosini’ (Greekness).
"His music and its impact went well beyond the Greek borders
as Mikis created pure culture that touched millions around the
world advocating justice and a better life for everyone.
"He had a special bond with Cyprus and the Greeks of Diaspora
because this is where he found refuge in order to gather his
strength, organise and fuel the struggle against the Greek junta
during an era known as ‘stone years’, stretching from the Civil
War until the fall of the military junta in 1974.
"His relationship with the pain-stricken people of Cyprus was
particularly strong and this is why he gave numerous concerts
there pushing for struggle towards freedom and independence.
"Mikis Theodorakis as a fiery advocate of community ideals, was
a close friend and ally of the Greek Orthodox Community of
South Australia and we were honoured to welcome him at the
Olympic Hall in two occasions, one was during the anti-
dictatorship struggle in 1972 on behalf of the Patriotic Front and
his second visit with his wife Mirto in 1995.
"Honouring the great Greek composer, the Greek Orthodox
Community of South Australia has at times organised concerts
featuring his works, with the last concert in his honour being in
"Memory eternal our dearest friend Miki. Your songs, your
legacy and your struggle will remain alive with us for ever", the
GOCSA statement concludes.
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of Mikis
Adelaide, South Australia