October 26, 2017 Lively Arts Foundation – honored for 28 years of bringing professional talent to Fresno .
October 26, 2017 Lively Arts Foundation – honored for 28 years of bringing professional talent to Fresno .
As Armenians around the world prepare to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, writer and playwright Dr. Herand Markarian has taken on the ambitious task of memorializing 13 of the most prominent Armenian writers who were martyred in the genocide, in a new anthology entitled The Martyred Armenian Writers 1915-1922.
Markarian’s anthology, which was published by Libra-6 Productions in New York earlier this year, begins with an introduction to Armenian history, with a particular focus on the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire and the evolution of Ottoman-Armenian literature. Markarian then gives readers a concise, yet methodical history of the Armenian Genocide through eyewitness accounts, and a chronology of events during the genocide based on the memoirs of the Very Rev. Krikoris Balakian. Markarian also dedicates a page to the different prison sites where Armenian writers and intellectuals from Constantinople were detained starting on April 24 and later murdered.
The final hours of Taniel Varoujan, Rupen Sevag, and Indra (Dikran Chrakian) are detailed through excerpts from Micheal Shamdanjian and Ohan Bedigian, two eyewitnesses to the genocide.
Markarian then provides comprehensive biographies of the 13 martyred writers—which include Rupen Zartarian, Kegham Parseghian, Yerukhan (Yervant Srmakeshkanlian), Hrant (Melkon Gurjian), and Taniel Varoujan—and highlights their literary characteristics and accomplishments.
Perhaps the biggest highlight in Markarian’s anthology is his masterful translation of the writers’ works. The excerpts are carefully selected and are wide-ranging in literary style and genre—from plays, (like Smpad Pyurad’s “The Eagle of Avarayr”) to poems (Siamanto’s “The Dance”) and both fiction (Krikor Zohrab’s The Burden of Responsibility) and non-fiction (Hrant’s Lives of Bantookht).
Markarian has done an exceptional job in presenting nearly all facets of Armenian literature at the time. The translations of the original Armenian versions are done meticulously, and are vital to the success of this book.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the night when most of the profiled writers were arrested and subsequently murdered, Markarian’s book proves to be a fitting tribute to the martyrs of what is sometimes called our Red Sunday.
The Armenian history is filled with violence, domination by empires, and a far-flung diaspora as a result of both, shaping the modern national and international identity of its people.What makes millions of people share certain traits or beliefs? History is what fleshes it out for us and makes it clear. I’ve been reading a lot about the Armenian people recently, and the revelations of their history have been very interesting – and educational. I feel like I know my Armenian friends a little bit better – and also why I have so many Armenian friends living so far from their homeland. The Silk Road Armenians have lived in the area near modern-day Turkey, between the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas, for thousands of years. They were ideally placed, in fact, along the trade route between Europe and “the East” that became known as the Silk Road due to both the wealth that travelled along its route and one of the dominant products being hauled along it, and were very prosperous and rich in their oldest history. Still, they were tribal and disunited, as were most people in those days. The Armenian people were united into a single nation just once prior to the modern age: In the very end of the first century BCE, under the rule of King Tigran the Great. The unification did not last long, and eventually the Armenian people fell under the shadows of first the Byzantine Empire and later the Ottoman Empires. The Genocide The Armenians did not fare well under the Ottoman Empire. As Christians in a Muslim country, they were always treated as second-class citizens. While they enjoyed certain protections, they were also frequently harassed and the victims of prejudice and official oppression. In the early 20th century many Western nations began to officially object to the treatment of the Armenian people. The Ottoman Empire, by then very weak and disorganised, decided that this meant the Western powers might intervene militarily, and their solution was to forcibly evict the entire Armenian population. Millions were driven out of the country, and many were killed in what is now known as the Armenian Genocide. This is why the Armenian diaspora is so large – so many Armenians fled their homeland for their lives during this period. Today Armenia is one of several post-Soviet republics establishing itself as an independent nation for the first time in thousands of years, with the enthusiastic support and affection of its far-flung refugees. Its history of domination and violent oppression has had the ironic effect of making the expatriate Armenians fiercely proud of their heritage, guaranteeing that the Armenian way of life continues, no matter where they have settled. – See more at: http://www.onehourtranslation.com/translation/blog/short-history-armenia#sthash.9kDanb6J.dpuf
ANEC Releases ‘Atlas of Historical Armenia’
ANEC’s Historical Atlas of Armenia
NEW YORK—The Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) recently announced its publication of the bilingual (Armenian and English) Atlas of Historical Armenia, edited by Dr. Vartan Matiossian, the executive director of the ANEC. The Atlas was published under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, on the 500th anniversary of Armenian printing. The cost was underwritten through the generous donation of the Hagopian family of Providence, RI, in memory of their parents, Ervant and Serpouhi Hagopian.
While the book’s primary target audience are students and teachers, the Atlas is equally valuable for the general public. The basic premise is to offer readers an essential core that may serve as a starting point to widen their knowledge. To this end, the new edition has been rewritten and updated, with the addition of four new chapters. It contains 32 chapters, 30 maps, and 174 photographs (148 in full color). The maps are also provided on a CD attached to the book.
The Atlas combines three books in one: a book of historical geography (maps), a book of history (text), and a book of illustrated history (photographs). It is an educational tool that may be used as a standard textbook of Armenian history—in Armenian and English—that supersedes other textbooks currently in use.
The book is structured in four sections. It opens with an overview of Armenian historical geography, followed by a second section on Armenian cultural heritage. The main section of the book is the third, which introduces compact chapters on Armenian history from its origins to 1991. The final section, entitled “Armenians Today,” presents chapters on the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh (Artsakh), and the Armenian Diaspora. An extensive chapter on the Armenian Church is followed by an “Afterword” that succinctly explains the current status of Armenians and Armenia.
As part of its series of publications in Armenian studies, the ANEC released the first edition of the Atlas, written by Dr. Garbis Armen and edited by Vrej-Armen Artinian, in 1987. It remains the only bilingual atlas of Armenian history ever published. (Whereas other atlases were published before and after, all of them were monolingual). Incidentally, the Atlas was the first such publication in English until Dr. Robert Hewsen’s Armenia: A Historical Atlas (2001), an erudite work for a different audience.
The unprecedented historical transformations that followed the initial publication of the Atlas, including the independence of the Republics of Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh in 1991, demanded a revision. After a long hiatus, work on the new edition resumed in 2010 and 25 years after the first edition, the ANEC can offer a new atlas for a new generation.
Copies of the Atlas of Historical Armenia are available from the Eastern Prelacy Bookstore, 138 E. 39th Street, New York, NY 10016. For more information, call (212) 689-7810, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In front of dozens of supporters from the local Armenian community, the City Council Monday unanimously approved a proposal for a memorial dedicated to the 1915 Armenian genocide, which will be erected in Memorial Park, the Pasadena Star-News reports.
Thirty-six people submitted comment cards to speak before the council Monday night, the majority of whom spoke in favor of the project, which would be completed by April 24, 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the slaying of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. In addition, 93 others in attendance signed a petition of support submitted to the council. More than 1,000 other community members signed an earlier petition in support of the project submitted to the city.
Former Pasadena police chief Barney Melekian, who is also on the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee, said the monument is an important commemoration of an event in Armenian history that many, including the U.S. government, do not recognize as a genocide.
“Most people have no idea of the significance of April 24, part of this is because the Turkish government continues to deny that this event ever happened,” Melekian said. “This memorial should not only be a memorial to the past but it should serve as a beacon for future generations to ensure they do not forget not just the Armenians but all victims of injustice.”
The city has officially recognized and commemorated the anniversary of the Armenian genocide for 30 years. In May 2012, a group of local Armenian leaders came together to form the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee (PASAGMC) and submitted an application for the memorial in May 2012. The final design, by Pasadena Art Center Environmental Design student Catherine Menard, was chosen from 17 proposals submitted in a design competition held in the fall of 2012.
The memorial design consists of a sculptural tripod from which a drop of water would fall every 21 seconds into a basin beneath it. Approximately 1.5 million drops will fall over the course of a year. The tripod would be surrounded by stone paving, benches and a formal hedge in a circular pattern. It would be 28 feet in diameter and 16 feet in height.