wrote his songs and poems equally welt in three languages: Armenian, Georgian, and Azerbaijani (a Turkic language). In his time he was the most celebrated poet of the Caucasus.
He was born in Tiflis and started out as a weaver. But he became a minstrel and for many years was the court troubadour of the Georgian king. Because of jealousies at court, his attacks on some clergy in his songs, and his love for a royal lady, tie was forced to take vows and become a monk.
In 1795 he was killed when Tiflis was invaded by the Persians.