Memorial sculpture to Vytautas Kernagis

  • Pamario g. 2A, Nida, Neringos sav.

kernagisOpened in 2009 by sculptor Romas Kvintas, this is a memorial to author, performer and pioneer of sung poetry, director of entertainment programs, presenter of TV shows, Vytautas Kernagis.

Vytautas Kernagis (May 19, 1951 – March 15, 2008) was a Lithuanian singer-songwriter, bard, actor, director, and television announcer. He is considered a pioneer of Lithuanian sung poetry. Vytautas Kernagis attended M.K.Čiurlionis and Vilnius 23rd schools. In 1973, he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He was a member of the pioneering Lithuanian big beat bands Aisčiai (1966–1968) and Rupūs miltai (1969–1972). Kernagis recorded his first album of sung poetry in 1978. Kernagis also took part in the first Lithuanian rock opera Velnio nuotaka, first Lithuanian musical Ugnies medžioklė su varovais (1976), and first Lithuanian musical for a puppet theatre Šokantis ir dainuojantis mergaitės vieversėlis. Kernagis suffered from gastric cancer and died March 15, 2008. He was cremated and interred in the Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius.

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