CONCERT DEDICATED TO SAYAT-NOVA IN KREMLIN MAKES AUDIENCE CRY 19:11, 23 October, 2013 YEREVAN, OCTOBER 23, ARMENPRESS. Positive reactions to the concert dedicated to the 300th anniversary of outstanding Armenian bard and poet Sayat-Nova which was held at the State Kremlin Palace on October 20 were great not only within the Republic of Armenia but also beyond its borders. Armenpress reports that the People's Artist of the Republic of Armenia Tovmas Poghosyan pointed out that there were even tears in the eyes of the audience. "It is enough to introduce ourselves with cheaply sold and light genres of the show business, it is time to be presented with national rich and powerful culture," persisted Pogosyan, who received congratulatory calls from a number of angles of the world. According to the People's Artist of the Republic of Armenia Tovmas Poghosyan, national music is more than needed in the area of Armenian audience." In the first part of the concert the audience enjoyed the performance introduced by "Sayat-Nova" State Minstrel Song Ensemble led by the People's Artist of the Republic of Armenia Tovmas Poghosyan. The second part of the concert was dedicated to the Armenian variety singers, such as Alla Levonyan, Andre, Arman Hovhannisyan, Gevorg and Gourgen Dabaghyans, Inga and Anoush Arshakyans, Sirusho, Nersik Ispiryan and many others. Sayat-Nova (14 June 1712, Tiflis - 22 September 1795) meaning 'King of Songs' in Persian, was the name given to the Armenian poet and ashik Harutyun Sayatyan. His mother, Sara, was born in Tbilisi, and his father, Karapet, either in Aleppo or Adana. He was skilled in writing poetry, singing, and playing the kamancheh. He performed in the court of Heraclius II of Georgia, where he also worked as a diplomat and, apparently, helped forge an alliance between Georgia, Armenia and Shirvan against the Persian Empire. He lost his position at court when he fell in love with the king's daughter, and spent the rest of his life as an itinerant bard. In 1795 he was killed in Haghpat Monastery by the army of Agha Mohammed Khan, and is buried at the Cathedral of Saint George, Tbilisi. About 220 songs can be attributed to Sayat-Nova, although he may have written thousands more. Most of his extant songs are in Azeri, but he also wrote in Armenian, Georgian and Persian. A number of his songs are sung to this day. He was also fluent in Arabic. Sayat-Nova is considered by many to be the greatest ashik (folk singer-songwriter) that ever lived in the Caucasus. Composer Alexander Arutiunian wrote an opera called "Sayat Nova". There is a street and a music school named after him in Yerevan, Armenia, as well as an Armenian-American dance ensemble in the United States, and a pond located in Mont Orford, Quebec, and Canada. The 1968 film "Sayat Nova" directed by Sergei Parajanov - which was banned in the Soviet Union - follows the poet's path from his childhood wool-dying days to his role as a courtier and finally his life as a monk. It was released in the United States under the title The Color of Pomegranates. It is not so much a biography of Sayat Nova but a series of tableaux of Armenian costume, embroidery and religious ritual interspersed with scenes and verses from the poet's life. In Armenia, Sayat Nova is considered a poet who made a considerable contribution to the Armenian poetry of his century. Although he lived his entire life in a deeply religious society, his poems are mostly secular and full of Romantic expressionism. http://armenpress.am/eng/news/737568/concert-dedicated-to-sayat-nova-in-kremlin-makes-audience-cry.html
Edited by Yervant1, 24 October 2013 - 11:34 AM.