- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
February 06, 2004


Arts: Matters of Art and Culture in Armenia


Eighty Years of Sevak: A tribute to a poet

Last February when thousands demonstrated against presidential election violations, passionate speeches from politicians were followed by actor Vladimir Abajyan's, who recited a poem: "People are different"

What he likes most of all,
Best of all in his life,
Is his... chair.
He loves it,
He woos it,
He creeps to proceed,
At all costs he crawls to it,…
And thus he climbs up to sit
on the shoulders of the world.

The words belong to Paruir Sevak, and perhaps no others could be so in tune with speeches about seizure of power, fraud and injustices. And even if another such poem does exist it probably is one of Sevak's.

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Is There a Problem Here?: Painters turn protestors, but not sure why

Last week the vernisage in Saryan Park was filled with not only paintings but also with unhappy painters. The park, across from the Opera House, is usually empty during winter months, but became active due to Mayrakaghak (Capital) Union of Artists non governmental organization which organized a demonstration for artists' protection.

Many gathered. But it turned that only a few knew why.

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According to Agnes


Hungry to be Heard: Prisoners want a review of sentences after ratification of Criminal Code

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Card Controversy: Opponents of identification system decry "human labeling"

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