How can a man do without the sun? How can he forget the fire? I have always loved the sun. Always loved the fire. The sun is in all my works. Over the years, I cherished the title under which I hoped to write a good thing – “Fire in the opera house.” Until now,
In February and March 1968, the musicians of the famous British band The Beatles, who were inspired by Eastern philosophy and music, arrived in India. Paul McCartney was accompanied by actress Jane Asher, with whom he was engaged at the time. On their way back from India to England, Paul and Jane decided to stay
The academic publishing house Gorgias Press headquartered in the state of New Jersey, which occupies a leading position in the field of publications on oriental literature in the US, published an English translation of the textbook “Introduction to Aramean and Syriac Studies.” The author of the textbook is a lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental
On September 16, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates one of its five major church holidays – the Feast of the Cross (Armenian: Khachverats). Khachverats is celebrated in the memory of the return and glorification of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord. The Armenian Church celebrates this feast on the Sunday between September 11 and 17.
On birthdays and especially on anniversaries, it is customary to make gifts. So, in the year of its eightieth birthday, Armenian jazz received a wonderful gift. The book “The History of European Jazz; The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context” beautifully published by the British publishing house Equinox contains information about jazz music and musicians
Yerevan is the current and twelfth capital of Armenia. Before it, the capital cities of Armenia have been Van, Armavir, Yervandashat, Artashat, Tigranakert, Vagharshapat, Dvin, Bagaran, Shirakavan, Kars, and Ani. The current Armenian capital founded in 782 BC is 29 years older than Rome. The city was founded by King of Urartu Argishti I. The
The winters in Armenia can be harsh. Even in the relatively warm Ararat valley, the temperature sometimes goes as low as -38 degrees Celsius. Therefore, the population has always thoroughly prepared for winter. For example, they baked and stocked up on lavash (Armenian flatbread) for the entire winter. Stocks of dairy products, cereals, legumes, and
For many centuries, the tonir (an Armenian oven) was an integral part of peasant houses. Due to the round shape of the tonir, houses have also been made round. In the roof of such houses was a chimney (“yerdik” in Armenian). This chimney let the smoke out and at the same time let sunlight in.
Skunder Boghossian was a painter from Ethiopia who played an important role in presenting European modernist styles in Africa and who, as a longtime resident of the United States, became one of the most famous African contemporary painters in the West. Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian was born in Addis Ababa in 1937 into the family of
The Armenian culture, literature, and history have always been at the center of attention of European art historians and publishers. Dutch painter, engraver, and poet Jan Luyken lived and worked in Amsterdam in the late 17th – early 18th century. His most famous works are the illustrations for the five-volume cartographic atlas “Nieuwe Lichtende Zee-Fakkel”
Grigor Tatevatsi (1346-1409 or 1410) was a prominent Armenian scholar, philosopher, theologian, and teacher of the Middle Ages. He was the rector of Tatev University in Armenia. Together with his teacher Hovhannes Vorotnetsi, he was one of the main representatives of the Tatev school. Tatevatsi was born in 1346 in the town of Tmok (now
The Cathedral of St. Vartan is the first cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church in North America. Built in 1969, it has been designed to resemble ancient Armenian temples. The construction of the cathedral had been conceived back in 1926 when the young Armenian community of New York raised 100 thousand dollars. Three years later,
One of the greatest medieval Armenian philosophers, scientists, theologians, poets, mathematicians, cosmologists, and a successor of the traditions of Aristotle was Hovhannes Imastasser (Hovhannes Sarkavag, 1047-1129). Little is known about his biography. The information that we have comes from a manuscript biography rewritten in 1375. The author of this manuscript, apparently, lived in the middle
The Mush plain is a small fertile plain situated in the middle reaches of the Aratsani River (Murad) where it connects with its tributary Meghraget (Karasu). “Msho Dasht” (Մշո դաշտ) means “Mush plain” in Armenian. According to an ancient Armenian legend, goddess Anahit loved to swim in the waters of the Meghraget river at night.
At the age of 18, a Norwegian young man Christian Lindgren left school and began to travel the world in search of adventure, as well as to follow his passion for photography. By the age of 27, he had already visited 97 countries, including Armenia, taking highly interesting photographs. This was reported by British tabloid
In San Marino, a presentation of the Italian translation of the novel of French film director and playwright Henri Verneuil (born Ashot Malakian) “Mayrig” (“Mother”) was held recently. Verneuil shot the film “Mayrig” based on his novel as well. As the Radio and Television of San Marino reports, the event was held under the auspices
In a 90 km drive northeast of the lively capital of Armenia Yerevan, the highway narrows, turning into mountain roads. You drive into the Tavush Province famous for its resort town of Dilijan. An unusually hot and humid summer makes vacationers flock to the “Armenian Switzerland” not only from all over the country but also
Monument “Hands of Friendship” is located in the Circular Park in Yerevan. In 1967, the fragments of the monument were brought to Yerevan from the Italian city of Carrara. According to the official agreement signed in 1973, Yerevan and Carrara are twin cities. However, their actual cooperation began in the early 1960s. In 1965, a
The Church of St. Astvatsatsin crowns the heights of the Yerevan quarter of Nork. The church is located not far from the former villa residence of the Ter-Avetikyan family, famous entrepreneurs of that time. The church was destroyed by an earthquake of 1679. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was rebuilt with the
The “Komitas” disc continues the international popularization of Armenian music. Every culture has a future if it lives, constantly breathes, attracts international interest, and if it is of universal human value. Armenian music is deep and universal, and it can become an important key to the perception of ancient civilizations. One of the most important