Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez (Spanish pronunciation: Was born on September 28, 1932 and tragically shot dead with 44 machine-gun bullets September 16, 1973. Victor was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, political activist and member of the Communist Party of Chile. A distinguished theatre director, he devoted himself to the development of Chilean theatre, directing a broad array of works from locally produced Chilean plays, to the classics of the world stage, to the experimental work of Ann Jellicoe.
Simultaneously he developed in the field of music and played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric artists who established the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement
which led to a revolution in the popular music of his country under the Salvador Allende government.
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