Posts Tagged ‘armenian culture’

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[Web Wrap]: The Art of Calligraphy: Script in its Purest Forms.

January 9, 2011

Calligraphy as discipline was a rare find in the rich legacy of Armenian culture.
– Ruben Malayan

By Ruben Malayan via Asbarez.com

Two years ago I had a request from the Editor of upcoming “Encyclopedia of World Calligraphy” to contribute to the edition by drawing samples of Armenian script. When I asked what exactly would this request imply I was told that they needed all four major scripts executed with sequence of strokes ( i.e. the direction of writing). For over three month I have spent nights drawing letters, digging out anything I could find on my bookshelf, only to discover that calligraphy as discipline was a rare find in the rich legacy of Armenian culture. How come, I said to myself, how could it be that we have so little written about it? We have studies of paleography (science of writing) but practically nothing on calligraphy (art of writing).

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Armenian Erkatagir Alphabet

Credit: Ruben Malayan via Asbarez.com

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[Web Wrap]: Rock ‘n Roll Rebels – Bambir go from Strength to Strength.

September 22, 2010

By Onnik Krikorian via Oneworld Multimedia Blog

YEREVAN, Armenia – It’s well past midnight when Narek Barseghyan and Arman Kocharyan, lead guitarist and bassist with the Armenian rock band Bambir, return home. For once, they’ve decided to call it an early night, providing me with the opportunity to interview them over a bottle of vodka diluted down with orange juice.

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Credit: Onnik Krikorian / Oneworld Multimedia

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[Web Wrap]: Salute on Independence Day.

September 21, 2010

Via ArmeniaNow

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Credit: Nazik Armenakyan via ArmeniaNow

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[Armenian Archeology]: Karahunj.

September 20, 2010

By Levon Lachikyan

With a history stretching back farther than the pyramids, the stones of Karahunj near the town of Sisian in Southern Armenia, is considered by both Armenian and foreign archeologists alike to be one of the ancient astronomy centers of the world. For years, parallels have been drawn between Karahunj and England’s Stonehenge.

Recently, Vachagan Vahradyan, biologist, adviser and chief scientist of the 2010 Armenian-British “Stones and Stars” expedition, summarized his latest research, reporting that Karahunj is older than its previously thought 3,800 years, and that it is in fact 7,000 years old.

During a recent press conference he quoted Heinrich Schliemann, an excavator of ruins of the famed city of Troy by saying, “For Europe, the tragedy was to choose as the basis of its civilization the ancient Greek culture and not the ancient culture of Armenia.”

One of the brilliant examples of Armenia’s leadership as an ancient civilization is its ancient religious complex Portasar, located in Turkey. By drawing parallels between photos, stone shapes and galaxies, Vahradyan believes that the stones of these monuments appear to be a continuation of each other.

Months ago, Vahradyan presented these studies to Oxford University professors. They were received with great enthusiasm and interest. This September, a delegation of scientists from Oxford visits Armenia for a two-week expedition.

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[Armenian Life]: One Nation, One Culture. An All-Armenian Festival.

July 29, 2010

By Levon Lachikyan

Armenia is a nation with a large diaspora. Armenians living abroad triple the country’s population. The reasons for this, of course, are different. The main reason is the Armenian Genocide of 1915, when hundreds of thousands of Armenians fled to Lebanon, Syria, Russia, Europe, America, and Australia as a result of Turkish massacres. Unfortunately, the migration continues today due to social hardships.

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

The 4th annual All-Armenian Festival “One Nation, One Culture,” recently opened in Yerevan. It aims to tie together the Armenian Diaspora, offer Armenians an opportunity to relate to each other, and also promote Armenian culture. The festival is organized by the Republic of Armenia’s Ministry of the Diaspora, which approved the program at the end of last year. Within the frameworks of the festival, cultural events were initially held in different regions of the country and in all Diaspora communities to select the best participants.

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

Fifteen hundred participants from 13 countries are visiting Armenia for this event. Half of them are from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), 131 are from the Middle East, 103 come from Europe, 42 are from the Northern America, and 80 are from Karabagh.

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

In addition to the concerts, special classes for dance teachers from the Diaspora will be organized and the All-Armenian Conference of Representatives of Performance Art will take place.

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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[Web Wrap]: Food for Thought: Eating Our Way to Peace.

July 29, 2010

By Liana Aghajanian via ianyan Mag

For Armenians, eating isn’t just about satisfying hunger pains.

It is so much more.

Where it’s at weddings, funerals or even just a Friday night dinner, to Armenians, food is an essence of their being, of their culture and a big majority of what life is all about: to share a mouth watering smörgåsbord of dishes that can satisfy everyone at the table, and sneak some laughs and conversation in between.

Joie de vivre as the clever French like to say. The joy of living.

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Jose Gonzalez prepared dough for
lahmajunes – the bakery’s signature dish

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Credit: Liana Aghajanian

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[Armenian Life]

July 27, 2010

Yoga

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Credit: Hasmik Manukyan