Dimitri Arakishvili(1873-1953), Georgian composer and ethnomusicologist, considered as one of the founding fathers of modern Georgian music. He studied at the School of Music and Drama operated by Moscow Philharmonic Society, he helped found the Moscow People's Conservatory. In 1918, when Georgia established independent republic, he moved to Tbilisi and founded a conservatory which was merged with Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1923. He taught and directed the conservatory from 1926 to 1929. In 1950 he was awarded the Stalin Prize.