Vytautas Kernagis

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Vytautas Kernagis
Sculpture of Vytautas Kernagis in Nida
Background information
Birth name Vytautas Kernagis
Born(1951-05-19)May 19, 1951
Origin Vilnius, Lithuania
Died March 15, 2008(2008-03-15) (aged 56)
Genres Sung poetry, pop, rock, folk
Occupation(s) Vocalist, actor, television presenter.
Years active 1966–2007

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. [1]



Vytautas Kernagis was born to the family of actors Aleksandras Kernagis  (lt ) and Gražina Kernagienė  (lt ). He attended M.K.Čiurlionis school (first 3 years) and Vilnius 23rd school. 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 Devil's Bride , first Lithuanian musical Ugnies medžioklė su varovais (1976), and first Lithuanian musical for a puppet theatre Šokantis ir dainuojantis mergaitės vieversėlis.

Kernagis hosted the 1st season (2007) of Žvaigždžių duetai TV show.

Kernagis suffered from gastric cancer and died March 15, 2008. He was cremated and interred in the Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius.