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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-04-29

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  • [01] TOKAS - FUNERAL

  • [01] TOKAS - FUNERAL

    Renowned Cypriot composer Marios Tokas, who passed away on Easter Sunday, at the age of 54, after a battle with cancer, will be laid to rest on Wednesday in Athens.

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias, a close friend of Tokas, will attend the funeral which will be held at public expense, while Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture, Andreas Demetriou will deliver the funeral oration.

    Political parties on the island and various organisations have issued statements praising Tokas great contribution to the world of music and to his country.

    Tokas, who was born in Limassol on 8 June 1954, on the south coast of the island, was receiving treatment for cancer at an Athens hospital when he succumbed in the early hours Sunday.

    Distinguished for his countless hits, Marios Tokas wrote songs for big Greek names such as Demetris Mitropanos, Yiannis Parios, Manolis Mitsias, Haris Alexiou, Demetra Galani and Antonis Kalogianis.

    The son of Cypriot journalist and writer Kypros Tokas, Marios moved to Athens in 1974 with the dream to make a career in the music industry. He studied simultaneously at the Philosophical School and the State Conservatory.

    From an early age he exhibited a talent in music writing and in 1978 he released his first album entitled ``Ta tragoudia tis pareas``, which earned him an early critical acclaim. This was followed by another great success, the ``Mikra Erotika`` sang by Antonis Kalogianis.

    More successes followed over the years, establishing him as a great composer. He also wrote the music for a number of psalms.

    Marios Tokas is survived by his wife and three children.


    The 4th International Congress of Cypriot Studies is taking place from today 29 April to 3 May, at the Pancyprian Gymnasium in Nicosia.

    The Congress, taking place under the protection of President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and the auspices of Archbishop Chrysostomos II, has three sections: the Ancient (prehistoric roman period), Byzantine Middle Ages (330-1571 AD) and Contemporary (1571 -).

    According to a press release, the large number of participants and scientists of international acclaim, from European and American Universities and Institutes, shows the interest in Cypriot studies.

    The press release underlines the interest shown by new scientists, from Cyprus and abroad, who choose Cypriot studies for their research, the results of which will be presented at the Congress.

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