Hovhannes Shiraz, 110th anniversary, part 1

This year marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Hovhannes Shiraz. What was Shiraz's entry into literature, how was he able to create works of the traditions of Armenian pastoral poetry in the times of "factory" and propaganda poetry, and what was the attitude of the literary environment towards Shiraz, especially Yeghishe Charents? These questions are discussed by literary experts Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and Samvel Muradyan.

From a poem to a song and vice versa

Music and poetry have been closely related at all stages of the development of art. Many poets have also been musicians and many songwriters poets. We also have such examples in our time. How does the poetry match the music, are the lyrics a poem? Literary experts Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and songwriter, poet Narek Kosmos discuss these questions in the "Parallel Readings" program.

Gayane Eliazyan

For 25 years, Gayane Eliazyan has been leading the Restoration department of Mesrop Mashtots library. He remembers when he was hired, there were eight employees in the department, now twenty-seven specialists work under his leadership. Ms. Gayane admits that working with ancient manuscripts gives meaning to life.

Henrik Siravyan

"This is how, one beautiful day, the Armenian people will embrace and love you", back in 1961, Martiros Sayran, drawing his student, predicted his future. Henrik Siravyan, one of the brightest and original artists of the 60s generation.

Hakob Khalatyan

Hakob Khalatyan has been inseparable from Kamancha for forty years. He made many adaptations of classical and folk works. He performed Khachatryan's violin and orchestra concerto with kamancha on different stages of the world, Ed. Baghdasaryan's Rhapsody, Avet Terteryan's 5th Symphony and other classical works. 

Armen Atayan

The 94-year-old painter considers his most successful painting to be the one he made in kindergarten. Even today, Armen Atayan is in the studio for hours, trying to tell about the harmony of nature and man with his thousands of works.

Eduard Kharazyan

Painter Eduard Kharazyan outlined his limits of freedom at this stage of his life, where he is alone with himself. The artist replaced the busyness of his young years with silence in the studio.

Ara Zaryan

For six years now, every summer, famous Armenian architect Ara Zaryan has been coming to Armenia from Italy to restore the frescoes of our churches and monasteries. Although he has been living in Italy for decades, he does not sever ties with his homeland. It is certain that the ideas passed on from the famous grandfather, Kostan Zaryan, help to remain Armenian and to be a pilgrim of the homeland.

Khoren Ter-Harutyan

In the works of sculptor Khoren Ter-Harutyan, the theme of the Armenian pogroms seen in his childhood runs through the red thread. Although due to fate, the artist settles in the USA, but he manages to bring all his creative heritage to his homeland. Director of Ter-Harutyan Museum Harutyun Harutyunyan, art critic Mariam Davtyan and Gurgen Muradyan, a relative of Ter-Harutyan.

Stepan Ohanyan

Pilot Stepan Ohanyan went through the Artsakh Liberation War, made dangerous flights, transported soldiers and wounded during the hard days of the war, saving hundreds of lives. Awarded the Combat Cross. The pilot is now the deputy director of "Arm-aero" CJSC. He remembers the not-so-distant days in front of our camera...

Zaven Vardanyan

Under the leadership of conductor Zaven Vardanyan, many Armenian festivals and competitions have taken place, the listener heard many world masterpieces in his interpretation for the first time. Today, Zaven Vardanyan is the artistic director of the State Ensemble of Soloists, regularly presents new projects.

Varuzhan Voskanyan

His novel "Book of Whispers", published in 2009, was translated into 20 languages, won the prize for the best literary work of the year in Romania, and was highly appreciated by literary critics. During the program, Varuzhan Voskanyan talks about his ideas about literature and about his ancestors who were canonized martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.