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#340368 Sos Vilage Artsakh

Posted by gamavor on 25 January 2017 - 09:53 AM


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#340200 Բեխալաթ

Posted by Yervant1 on 03 January 2017 - 02:45 PM

I think, it means mistake or a flaw and the բեխալատ would be the opposite of flaw, I mean flawless. I'm just going with the sentence structure and the Arabic word Khalat means mistake or a flaw, maybe that's where the origin is.

I hope this helps.

I believe the babies flaw is not falling sleep. The last sentence which says that you have one flaw, you don't sleep and stay awake. 


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#339824 Autumn of my Homeland

Posted by onjig on 13 October 2016 - 11:57 AM


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#337201 Armenia develops water-saving innovative fertilizer

Posted by gamavor on 12 January 2016 - 10:44 AM

http://news.am/eng/news/305729.html

YEREVAN. A new fertilizer has been developed in Armenia, and to save water.

Director of Eco Technology company, Ashot Baghdasaryan, told Armenian News-NEWS.am that the granules of this fertilizer collect the water from the soil, and return it to the plant when and as needed.

And the granules of our fertilizer not only accumulate water, but also the useful nutrients, Baghdasaryan explained.

In addition, this fertilizer eliminates excess water, so that the roots of the plants do not decay.

As per the company manager, this fertilizer helps to increase crop yields by 40 to 60 percent.

Furthermore, this material biologically decomposes, and therefore it leaves no residues in the soil.

The fertilizer, which is called Aquasource, underwent several tests among volunteer farmers.

Also, it is tested with a number of international projects.

Ashot Baghdasaryan said Iran, Russia, the US, India, the United Arab Emirates, and even in distant South Africa and Namibia are interested in this new fertilizer.
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#337198 Do you trust Russia or the United States more and why?

Posted by Yervant1 on 11 January 2016 - 01:27 PM

The chances that Russia will help us to free Western Armenia is as much as the help that we will get from the rest of the world, which is zero. We should rely on ourselves only.


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#326557 A CHRISTMAS CARD TO ONE AND ALL

Posted by Yervant1 on 19 December 2014 - 10:42 AM

A CHRISTMAS CARD TO ONE AND ALL

The Harvell Gazette, MA
Dec 18 2014

Tom Vartabedian Haverhill Gazette

Hard to believe that I've waited until close to the last moment to
wish everyone a joyful Christmas.

It's only because I'm strapped for cash after going bonkers this year
and decided I'd use my best resources to get the word out.

Nothing easier and cheaper than to convey my intentions through
this Almanac column. It's okay. You don't have to reciprocate. I get
enough afterthoughts leading up to the New Year and beyond, if you
count Armenian Christmas on Jan. 6.

So let's begin by wishing my family the very best -- my wife, Nancy,
with whom I'll be celebrating our 50th anniversary on Feb. 19. I
chose that date because it was her birthday and I couldn't think of
a better time to exchange our vows.

Cheers go out to the other three favorite people in my life --
children Sonya, Ara and Raffi -- and the six grandchildren in our
lives. Get set for Disneyworld, guys. We've got a lot of celebrating
to do this February in the land of unbroken dreams.

Let's hit the newspaper crowd next -- editor Bill Cantwell, who
peruses my columns each week and makes them readable, along with
climbing cohorts Dave Dyer, Paul Tennant and Mike LaBella. I still
remember that time we got stranded on Mount Katahdin in Maine and
spent the night on a rock studying the stars. Turned out to be a
pretty decent Almanac, as I recall.

You'll find me three afternoons a week playing racquetball at
the Haverhill YMCA. Maybe George Yell will let me win a game this
Christmas. Welcome Clint "CJ" Clay. You're the next generation. I
marvel at the job Executive Director Tracy Fuller does in keeping
that facility intact. Kudos to you, too.

You'll also see me browsing up a storm at the library -- a true
resource for our community -- and all that it avails to me, whether
books, CDs or DVDs. I am proud to admit that both my sons secured
their Eagle Scout badges by doing community projects for the library.

Not a bad consideration for any good scout.

As the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide approaches in 2015,
the congregation at our Armenian Church at Hye Pointe is already at
work planning a milestone commemoration in the community. Watch for
details. While I'm at it, good luck to all those involved with the
church's building project in Ward Hill. It's been a long time in
the making.

Greetings and salutations go out to my doctor, Peter Rees, for keeping
me agile. He sets a fine example for health and fitness. And to my
cardiologist Salmon (Sonny) Ghiasuddin for saving me from expiration --
not once but twice. It's been 10 years since I've become "pipe free."

Same goes for Dr. Alan Gonick and his staff at Greenleaf. Be true to
your teeth -- otherwise they will become false. He makes a root canal
seem so tolerable. My sentiments also go out to Dr. Alvin Yadgood,
my oral surgeon at Northern Essex. I cannot say enough about implants.

I marvel at the work being done by cohorts Kathy Bresnahan and Rita
LaBella in organizing a myriad of activities at the Council on Aging.

There's no reason why any senior citizen in this city should be bored.

The guy behind it all is head honcho Vinny Ouellette, who seems to
have more arms than an octopus.

The ping-pong vibrations you may hear Monday nights come from West
Meadow Road, where some pretty hot table tennis activity is heard. Bob
Baillargeron and Malcolm Anderson are two fine players who don't act
their age. May their paddles always keep them young.

Special Christmas greetings go out to the sick and the infirmed of
this city, those who will spend the holiday in hospitals and nursing
homes. It's not the place you want to be. May you be joined by family
and friends.

Extended wishes are conveyed to the caregivers and medical support
staffers who must work this day to keep the health system mobilized
and in good hands. Santa applauds you.

Here's a greeting to all the police and firefighters who maintain
their constant vigil, holidays or not. And to all those who do not
celebrate Christmas. May some of you get caught up in the spirit,
whether you're a Christian or not.

For one brief day, bury all the bad news and put a moratorium on crime
and punishment. Let's finally end this terrible plight in the Middle
East and live in a world where peace and harmony work hand-in-hand.

Above all, let's put Christ back into Christmas and honor the day
for what it was intended.

If you're looking for the perfect last-minute gift, try this. Human
kindness costs nothing and goes the furthest.


http://www.hgazette....5dfd60004c.html
 

 


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#301582 Repat Armenia

Posted by Nan on 28 January 2013 - 12:35 PM


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#299973 Man oh man does Armenia have a way with you!

Posted by man on 19 December 2012 - 03:24 AM

Post-Armenia Blues

Posted on December 15, 2012

Nathalie Kazandjian aka Nat K
(Canada, AVC ‘ 12)

The "Welcome Home Natty" poster along with friends and family were what greeted me as I made my way past the Arrival gates of the Montreal Trudeau Airport. In that instant, I felt pretty good about coming home. However, as the days went by, the post-Armenia blues violently kicked in as soon as I found myself doing the same old things I used to do. Suddenly, things that seemed so familiar felt foreign and strange. It was a whole new culture shock but it was real and unfortunately, there wasn’t much I could do about it. The problem was not coming home to friends and family. The problem itself was leaving Armenia. For the little bit that I was back, I couldn’t even look at my photos nor talk about it for fear of being overcome with even more heartbreak and anguish than I already felt. I missed everything and everyone that belonged to my life in Armenia.

Before I know it, I found myself longing for Armenia. I missed waking up every morning to hearing my host mother say “ Parev parev garmir arev siroon jan”. I missed walking down 58 district to catch the marshrutka, 100 drams in hand and giving my regular Parev to the locals. I missed walking home from work and being greeted by the cutest little munchkins from my neighborhood showering me with hugs and kisses. I missed finishing the night off with a nice cup of MacCoffee alongside my host sisters while watching Armenian soap operas. I missed staying up with Nvartig, my baby host sister, till late at night drawing, coloring, playing cards, checkers, chess and teaching her English. I missed going to Ponchig Monchig and ordering a ridiculous amount of food. I missed going to the khorovadz place near the OLA center and engaging into a 45 minute conversation with the cook each and every time. I missed getting a ridiculous amount of daily texts and reminders from Allegra. I missed joining my Armenian brothers and sisters over weekend excursions. I missed running in the SAS supermarket and yelling like a crazy person “where’s the Ttvaser ?” before boarding our marshrukta to head back home. As well, as Heeng dzap, Marshrukta 9, besties crew, whatever your face, tracking down wifi, Le Cafe and Sevan’s inspirational speeches among many other things.

The desire to connect to people and the joy of making the connection was life affirming. The physical intensity of the excursions was invigorating. The time walking alone, listening to my own footsteps, sitting in the marshrukta watching the sunset, gazing at the stars was refreshing. Most of all, I long for the way I felt when I was in the Motherland. I felt alive, free, inspired and grateful. Man oh man does Armenia have a way with you. Each and every day there was a goal and an accomplishment that could be measured in different ways: in kilometers, in hugs, in the number of times I laughed out loud.

Although I was only gone for two months and while nothing has changed at home, everything has changed within me. Living in Armenia, gave me a deep appreciation of my life – where I live, where I work, my family and my friends. It also made me appreciate things that we too often take for granted such as the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, weeping eyes, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

To travel to Armenia is to truly take a journey within yourself. When we leave the comfort of home and everything that we have grown to be accustomed to, we often live more simply, with no more possessions than we can carry. We tend to surrender ourselves by becoming much more accepting to the twists, turns and little surprises that life has to offer. I came to Armenia searching for answers. Instead, I left in search of better questions. Sometimes, the unexpected is just what is needed to put life into perspective.

So here I am, back to my same old routine of stop and go, impatiently waiting to graduate just to start a new adventure. All the while feeling nostalgic about my time in Armenia which can feel heavier than the far too many pounds gained abroad.

When I think about it, perhaps the post-Armenia blues is something you can never truly let go of. For it that where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

To sign off, I simply cannot say goodbye to those whom I have grown to love, for the memories we have made will last a lifetime and never a goodbye. None of this would have been possible without Birthright Armenia & Armenian Volunteer Corps. For those of you who are thinking of joining the program, I encourage you to take a leap and go for it. Armenia 2012 always in my heart.
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#340245 We Are Armenians

Posted by MosJan on 09 January 2017 - 06:07 PM


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#338869 Military Photos: Armenia and Artsakh

Posted by MosJan on 19 May 2016 - 10:56 AM


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#337079 Short Video of Yerevan

Posted by gamavor on 23 December 2015 - 11:15 AM


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#334531 Impressions Of The Day

Posted by Private Arshak on 24 August 2015 - 12:12 PM

Հայեր ջան շատ շնորհակալ եմ բոլոր նրանց ովքեր գտնվելով Հայրենիքից հեռու մասնակցում են նրա պաշտպանությանը, այսօր մեր որդիներն ու եղբայրները վտանգելով իրենց կյանքը պաշտպանում են Հայրենիքի սահմանները, ինչպես միշտ մեզ քանակապես և զենկով տասնապատիկ գերազանցոլ թշնամուց, և հենց մեր սատարման հաշվին է որ դա նրանց հաջոլվում է կատարել մինիմալ կորուստներով: Մեր ամեն մի հայի կյանքը մեզ համար անգին կորուստ է այնպես որ մինիմալ բառը այնքան էլ տեղին չէ օգտագործել: Հայրենիքը հեռվից չեն սիրում արտահայտությունը սխալ է հենց այն հայերի շնորհիվ ովքեր ապրելով տասնյակ հազար կիլոմետր հեռու ակտիվ մասնակցում են Հայրենիքի պաշտպանությանը,  ցավում անհաջողությունների համար և հուզվում և ուրախանում նրա ձեռկբերումներով: Մնացեք մասնիկը ձեր սուրբ հողի...https://www.youtube....h?v=A5CXwcsYGVc

 


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#332749 ARTSAKH REVIVES TRADITION OF BREEDING KARABAKH STALLION ALMOST LOST BE

Posted by Yervant1 on 12 June 2015 - 10:58 AM

ARTSAKH REVIVES TRADITION OF BREEDING KARABAKH STALLION ALMOST LOST BECAUSE OF MILITARY AGGRESSION OF AZERBAIJAN

19:39 11/06/2015 Â" SOCIETY

The assistant to the head of Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) Department
of Tourism, Artak Grigoryan's exclusive interview to Panorama.am.

- What was the process of recovering the population of Karabakh
stallions after war?

- The breeding of Karabakh stallions in the NKR revived since early
2000s. The breed was really under the threat of extinction at the
beginning of the 90s, the years of Azerbaijan's military aggression.

Today there is no threat for Karabakh stallion on its homeland, and
all the favorable conditions have been created for them to breed
in the natural habitat. The center engaged in taking care of the
recovering population is in the village Kirsavan.

As the history shows, the "Karabakhtsis" are quite enduring and
capable to overcome any natural difficulties. They appear on the edge
of extinction only in turbulent times of war and attacks. Generally,
this breed is the child of freedom and piece and best of all reproduces
itself in natural environment in the mountains near Kirsana.

- We know that Karabakh stallion played a special part in the Armenian
history since the ancient times.

- The Karabakh stallions were the pride of the cavalry of the
Armenian kings and meliks in Karabakh, and today they are the pride
of Nagorno Karabakh Republic. Suffice it to mention a few facts
about the Armenian stallion. Back in the 19th century the journal
Horse-breeding published an article according to which the Persian
horses are so popular because they have the blood of the "Karabakh"
breed. In 1952 a group of specialists from the Russian Empire arrived
in Persia and noted that the key to success of the Persian cavalry
were the Karabakh stallions among them which actually did not yield
to their Arabic kindred in anything.

In his book "Melikdoms of Khamsa" Raffi writes that the cavalry rich
in Karabakh stallions and famous for its power since the ancient times
was a part of the Artsakh Army. Raffi points that Karabakh stallion
was outwardly analogous to the Arabian breed, but had a specific
golden-red color. These fast and safe horses helped the Armenian
cavalry in the historically significant battles, even outside Artsakh.

Another interesting fact is that the famous tsarist general
Artsakh-born Valerian Madatov - who founded dynastic stud farm in
Shushi - also dealt with the cultivation of Karabakh stallion.

- Actually, until the beginning of the last century the cultivation of
Karabakh stallions was local meliks' prerogative. What happened next?

- As a result of wars and revolutions, Karabakh racer appeared on
the edge of extinction. Only in the 1940s it was possible to restore
the population of Karabakh stallion with titanic efforts. By the way,
in Soviet times, Nikita Khrushchev gifted a wonderful Karabakh racer
to the British Queen. And again, because of the war in the early 90s,
Karabakh stallion was on the verge of extinction. Today, no less than
Herculean efforts are being made to protect it from aggression.

- How is the Karabakh stallion peculiar?

- It is not very tall, but it is very strong and enduring. It has
broad chest and a distinctive color. It is often called "orange"
because of the special yellow-orange color.

http://www.panorama....rtak-grigoryan/
 


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#329949 Islamic State bulldozers 'erasing history' in Nimrud, Iraq

Posted by Yervant1 on 06 March 2015 - 10:07 AM

Just like the Turks and Azeries did to Armenian monuments and churches before them, animals!!!!!
 
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Islamic State bulldozers 'erasing history' in Nimrud, Iraq

Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq, the BBC reported.
On Thursday IS - which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria - began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, Iraqi officials said.
The UN cultural body's Iraq director, Alex Plathe, called it "another appalling attack on Iraq's heritage."
"They are erasing our history," Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani said.
IS says ancient shrines and statues are "false idols" that have to be smashed.
Nimrud lies about 30km (18 miles) south-east of Mosul.
 



Source: Panorama.am

 

 


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#322421 "Nowhere, A Story of Exile" book on Armenian massacres in Baku

Posted by Yervant1 on 08 September 2014 - 10:00 AM

"Nowhere, A Story of Exile" book on Armenian massacres in Baku presented

Saturday, September 06, 2014


Novosti international press center in Yerevan yesterday hosted
"Nowhere, A Story of Exile" book about a family of Armenian refugees
from Baku. The head of Ordinary Genocide Project Marina Grigoryan said
at the event that the book was published in the U.S. and is unique in
the sense that it is the first English-language book about the
Armenian massacres in Baku.

According to M. Grigoryan, the book is based on Anna Astvatsaturian
Turcotte's diary that she kept at age of 10-12 when she lived in Baku.
Later in the United States where she moved along with her family, Anna
Astvatsaturian Turcotte published the book that contains her memories
of the 1988-1992 events. The book also includes recollections from
witnesses of persecution and atrocities committed against Armenians.

M. Grigoryan said that because of the records made in the diary, Anna
Astvatsaturian Turcotte can be compared to Anne Frank, a Jewish girl
who described the Nazi terror in her wartime diary.

Ms. Grigoryan informed those present that the creative group of "The
Baku Tragedy in Eyewitness Accounts" Project that was launched on the
25th anniversary of the Armenian massacres in the Azerbaijani capital
went to the U.S. to meet with Armenian refugees residing there. "As a
result, extensive interesting materials with unique accounts were
gathered to be used for a new collection and a film," the project head
said, adding that new forms of presenting the tragedy will be sought.

"We consider it important to show that not only Armenians, but also
families in which one of the spouses was of Armenian descent suffered
from the tragedy," Marina Grigoryan said. She announced that the
English- and Russian-language premieres of the film are scheduled for
January 2015.

Novosti-Armenia news agency reports that Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte
who is on a visit to Yerevan said for her part that the Americans are
not familiar with the Karabakh problem and the Baku events, but
following the book's publication and the meetings held, many of them
started taking a sincere interest.

She told those present that in September 1989 when she was 11 her
family fled Baku and moved to Armenia. The plight of Armenian refugees
from Baku worsened after the 1988 Spitak earthquake, amid the Karabakh
war and the disintegration of the USSR.

"After living in quite difficult conditions in Armenia for two and a
half years, our family made a decision to move to America. We arrived
in the U.S. with four suitcases, $180 and refugee status: that was all
we had. It was the beginning of a new peaceful future," Astvatsaturian
Turcotte noted.

In her words, at that time she took a decision to preserve the diary
for her children and grandchildren so that "they could be aware of
their roots, their past and imagine those hardships that the people of
Artsakh have endured," she said.

"Interest in the Baku events and the Karabakh independence process is
increasing in American society in recent years. Many members of the
Armenian Diaspora had no idea of it, and I consider this inadmissible.
My husband and me worked together to contribute to the adoption of the
resolution about Karabakh's independence by the State of Maine,"
Astvatsaturian Turcotte stated.
In her words, she has repeatedly made speeches, sharing her memories
not only in various U.S. states, but also in the Congress, and she
received an invitation to deliver a speech in the European Parliament
in October.

"I will speak about the difficult path that Armenians of Baku have
followed, as well as the Karabakh problem and the work aimed at the
recognition of Karabakh's independence," said Anna Astvatsaturian
Turcotte, a lawyer and a mother of two. She was granted U.S.
citizenship in 1997.

The Ordinary Genocide Project is implemented the PR and Information
Center of the Armenian President's Administration. As part of the
project, a series of documentaries was filmed in five languages about
the events in Sumgait, Baku, Maraga, the Ring Operation, Karabakh
records website was launched, and a number of books were published,
republished, and translated.

http://www.aysor.am/...ian-anna-frank/
 


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#322302 The City older than Rome

Posted by onjig on 29 August 2014 - 12:05 PM


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#316023 Some Radio Yerevan classics

Posted by gamavor on 12 February 2014 - 12:38 PM

- How come there are so many Armenians around the World, yet your country is so small?
- You got it all wrong! The whole World is “our country” and Armenia is just our office:)


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#308481 DIYARBAKIR EXODUS CHRONICLES MEMORIES OF THREE FAMILIES

Posted by Yervant1 on 14 August 2013 - 09:42 AM

DIYARBAKIR EXODUS CHRONICLES MEMORIES OF THREE FAMILIES
The Achod Amassian family in Aleppo, circa 1913, young Josephine Mangasarian pictured fifth from left - See more at:
http://armenpress.am...e-families.html
13:55, 14 August, 2013

YEREVAN, 14 AUGUST, ARMENPRESS: The late Josephine Mangasarian's
Diyarbakir Exodus is more than the story of a singular life; the
memoir is an extensive family history - the interconnected stories
of Mangasarian's mother's, father's and husband's families - between
the years 1895 and 1927. In April, the Mangasarian family published
her unfinished memoir, reports Armenpress referring to Armenian
Mirror Spactator.

In 1905, Josephine Mangasarian's father, Achod Amassian, accepted
a transfer from his post at the Diyarbakir telegraph office at the
mysterious urging of the telegraph office's director and relocated
his young family there - roughly a 15-day journey. Her family was in
Aleppo at the time of the Genocide and deportations and she watched as
countless relatives came to Aleppo seeking refuge and rebuilding. At
one time, 20 people were living in her family home, many of whom were
friends and family who had fled the massacres.

Josephine Mangasarian wrote of how she collected these stories,
saying, "The events that I have described in this family memoir are
all true. The account of these incidents was related to me by the
survivors who took refuge in my family's home in Aleppo." Her father's
position at the telegraph office afforded her access to secret messages
that he decoded corroborating the mass killings and much of what she
learned was confirmed by eyewitness accounts from family members.

The publication of Diyarbakir Exodus itself was a family endeavor.

Josephine Mangasarian began the work with three detailed genealogical
charts completed in her late 80s. From there, she wrote 270 pages by
hand about her family and the events during this time period.

Josephine Mangasarian died in 2002 before she could complete the
section on the 35 years of her life spent in Baghdad, Iraq after they
left Syria. Her son, John Mangasarian, had already begun aiding his
mother in her endeavor by transcribing and typing her handwritten
pages.

Upon her death, he continued editing and assembling the materials
for the book until he passed the torch to his sister-in-law, Claire
Mangasarian, in 2010. In 2011, John Mangasarian died and she continued
editing and assembling the manuscript.

Claire Mangasarian described her mother-in-law as a "very generous
and very confident in her own ability," who had spent years of her
life working with charitable organizations in Baghdad. According
to Claire Mangasarian, Josephine was known for her "sharp mind"
and spoke five languages.

Unlike many memoirs centered on Genocide survival, "hers shows the
day-to-day life and situation of a young Armenian woman and the
experiences of these families that fled during turbulent times and
started to rebuild," said Claire Mangasarian.

In addition to the three family histories - that of the Amassians,
Kurkgys and Mangasarians - Diyarbakir Exodus includes several rare
photographs offering a visual perspective into these stories

 

http://www.mirrorspe...h.97IkWxgM.dpuf

 


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#300118 Impressions Of The Day

Posted by MosJan on 21 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

yerbeq mi vaxetsir inchvor mi ban kortsneluts, vorovetyev Shat hnaravor e vor iyn inch vro kortsrel es xangarel e qez gtnel shat aveli karevor mi ban vardan/qaghaqum
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#298600 East of Byzantium

Posted by Yervant1 on 15 November 2012 - 11:05 AM

KUPELIAN CREATES ARMENIAN GRAPHIC NOVEL

El Vaquero, The Student Newspaper of Glendale Community College, CA
Nov 14 2012

Rebecca Krueger, El Vaquero Staff Writer

Roger Kupelian is the creator of some of the most iconic worlds
in contemporary cinema, such as the "Lord of the Rings "trilogy,
and he has constructed a new world in his latest endeavor, "East
of Byzantium."

With the job title of matte painter, it's up to Kupelian to paint
and digitally enhance the environments and backdrops of the movies
he works on.

"East of Byzantium" is Kupelian's recently published graphic novel
series and he is looking to make it into not only a mini-documentary
series, but into a major motion picture.

Kupelian promoted his latest project at the Glendale Central Library
Auditorium on Thursday.

"East of Byzantium" spans 150 years of Armenian history starting at
301 A.D. when Armenia became the first Christian state in history.

"Persia and the Roman Empire were warring with one another and between
this collision is Armenia," said Kupelian. "Emperor Diocletian sent an
exiled Armenian king back to claim Armenia as an ally of Rome. That
changed that region of the world forever. It set a series of events
in motion and altered not only the balance between empires, but the
balance of religions and cultures."

The story covers the aftermath of the Armenian king's reinstatement
and his people's division by religious tension. Armenia's monarchy is
soon toppled by the Persian army and the remnants of wealthy noble
families become rivals. The warring nobility's allegiance is deeply
rooted in its pagan (Persian) or Christian (Roman) heritage.

The constant bloodshed leads into the year 451 A.D. and Kupelian's
interpretation of St. Vartan Mamigonian, the most venerated saint in
the Armenian Orthodox Church.

"I wanted a Vartan that was very different than the one history
depicts," said Kupelian. "I wanted a Vartan that I can relate to. I
wanted someone that was in the mud, on the battlefield and was
struggling for his life, because that moment is glory for a warrior."

Kupelian painted his first image of Vartan in New Zealand, on the
set of "Lord of the Rings."

Working on "Lord of the Rings" sparked Kupelian's desire to write
the screenplay for "East of Byzantium" that also prompted the graphic
novel, but his foundation and passion for this story delves deep into
his childhood.

Growing up in Sierra Leone, Africa, Kupelian was apart of the minority,
being one of the very few African-Armenian kids in the region.

"You realize when I was growing up that I was a part of the United
Nations. Out of a mixed group I was the Armenian kid in Africa," said
Kupelian. "That is where my sense of identity came from. My parents
made sure that I understood our history, mythology and culture. I
knew where I came from."

During his childhood, Armenia was under the control of Soviet Russia.

When Kupelian was two and a half years old, his father took him to
the harbor in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where there was a Soviet ship
docking named Armenia.

"The ship was being sent around for propaganda purposes," said
Kupelian, "so, of course with a ship called Armenia there were soldiers
from Soviet-Armenia."

The Soviet-Armenians were exiting the ship when Kupelian was perched
on his dad's shoulders. His dad told him, "these are Armenians."

In response the young Kupelian recited in Armenian, "I am armenian,
I am son of Vartan, fear me."

The small chant is a loose translation of a traditional Armenian poem
about St. Vartan.

Kupelian recalls the power of his words, "There wasn't a dry eye
getting off that boat. These people were oppressed and nationalism
wasn't allowed. They didn't expect to hear something so free and
patriotic from some kid in Africa and we all grew up with that poem."

This experience has heavily impacted his love for his culture and
people. He also derives inspiration from his culture through learning
about the Armenian Genocide. Armenian culture has evolved over the
years, according to Kupelian. Armenians have gone from proud unicorns
to helpless victims.

"A culture that is thousands and thousands of years old, one hundred
years ago had to endure almost complete annihilation," said Kupelian.

"So we learned about the genocide in 1915."

He was a nationalist stuck between two conflicting emotions that are
a part of a culture that, seems to him, is always struggling.

Armenia was struggling again in 1998 when the Nagorno-Karabakh War
started and Kupelian set out to film it. "Dark Forest in the Mountains"
was Kupelian's first documentary, and the first time he directed a
movie. He started filming the war in the 1990s.

Avedis Sangigian is an Armenian-American veteran from the
Nagorno-Karabakh War who attended Kupelian's lecture. Sangigian
fought for a year and a half and was one of many Armenian Americans
that volunteered to fight.

Garo Kyahkidjian was a friend of Sangigian and is a main character
in Kupelian's documenatry. Kyahkidjian died after the war.

"I watch that documentary everyday," said Sangigian, in memory of
his old friend.

Sangigian and Kyahkidjian's bravery makes them warriors, according
to Kupelian.

"I want our next generation to see itself in terms of being a warrior,"
said Kupelian. "We must once again embrace and embody what it means
to be a warrior tribe."

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