Parra, Violeta

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Parra, Violeta Gender: F
Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval
born on 4 October 1917 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place San Carlos, Chile, 36s25, 71w58
Timezone LST m70w4130 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Castellanos
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 11°20' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 08°43 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 11°06'

Violeta Parra


Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval (best knows as Violeta Parra) was a Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist. She set the basis for "Chilean' New Song", the Nueva canción chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean folk music which would absorb and extend its influence far beyond Chile. In 2011 Andrés Wood directed a biopic about her, titled Violeta Went to Heaven.

She was involved in the progressive movement and the Communist Party of Chile. She revived the Peña (now known as La Peña de Los Parra), a community center for the arts and for political activism.

In 1967 Violeta Parra committed suicide by a gunshot to her head. She had previously been romantically involved with Swiss flautist Gilbert Favre.

Her most renowned song, Gracias a la Vida (Thanks to Life), was popularized throughout Latin America by Mercedes Sosa, in Brazil by Elis Regina and later in the US by Joan Baez.

Link to Wikipedia


Source Notes

Eduardo Castellanos quotes "Viola chilensis" a documentary (in spanish) available on Youtube ( ) at 3 minutes 49 seconds the birth certificate is shown.


  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Folk Music (Ethnomusicologist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer