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Posted 24 October 2013 - 06:38 AM


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

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.


Edited by Yervant1, 24 October 2013 - 11:34 AM.

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