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Komitas Park, . . . the Pantheon of Prominent Art Figures
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All the photos below were taken during late october 2005 when most trees had shed their leaves and the grass had dried out. The park and the cemetery area within the park were going under some repairs at the time.

 

One of the gates to the Komitas park where the cemetery is located in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within the park, approaching the cemetery. Many of the trees have already dried up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearing the cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarkis Parajanyan better known as Sergei Parajanov was born on January 9 of 1924 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has been a director/producer who has many movies to his credit. In addition to his movie career he was also know for his art including paintings. His work can be seen in the Parajanov museum in Yerevan. He died on July 20, 1990 in Yerevan. There is a lot more about him than is said here and is worth looking into.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aram Khachaturian was born on June 6th of 1903 in Tblisi. He was and is the most internationally famous Armenian composer with his classical compositions. His most famous work was his "Gayaneh" ballet with its "Saber Dance". During his career he had many concertos, symphonies and ballets. His music is still heard today, worldwide. He died in Moscow on May 1st, 1978.

 

 

 

 

 

Komitas vartapet was born "Soghomon Soghomonian " on September 26, 1869 in Asia Minor (Anatolia). His childhood was not the best, he lost his mother when he was less than one years old and lost his father when he was eleven. He was admitted to Etchmiadzin to do religion studies. In 1890 he was ordained a monk. In 1893 after finishing his studies at the seminary, he was ordained a priest (vartapet) and started calling himself “Komitas”, which was the name of a poet of 7th century. While at the seminary he was assigned as a music teacher. Following that he continued with his musical studies and his musical creations (Anush is one of his works). In 1910 he left Etchmiadzin for constantinople (modern day Istanbul), little did he know of what would come to face the Armenians. In 1915 he was arrested along with other Armenian notables. he was eventually deported to Anatolia where he witnessed the brutal extermination of the Armenian minds. He was returned to Constantinople but his life was not the same anymore after what he had witnessed. He stayed in isolation in his thought as he was sad and broken. In 1916 he was put in a psychiatric hospital due to his deteriorating mental health. He spend the last twenty years of his life in Paris where he died on October 22, 1935. His body was bought back to Armenia and was buried in the Pantheon of Prominent Art Figures in the park named after him.
Read about Komitas on the official site.

 

 

William Saroyan was born on August 1st 1908 to his newly immigrated parents in Fresno, California. He wrote many many short stories and plays during his life. some of his work were translated into many other languages. Many of his stories were base on his childhood experiences including the period that he was in an orphanage. he died on may 18, 1981 in Fresno. He was cremated and half of his ashes were buried in California, while the other half was taken to Armenia. Read more about Saroyan here or here

 

 

 

 

 

Avetik Isahakian was born on October 19, 1875, in Kazarapat, near Alexandropol (modern day Gyumri), Armenia. After finishing his studies in Leipzig, he returned to Alexandropol in 1895, where he joined the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. His activities in Alexandropol supported the struggles in Western Armenia. He was arrested in 1896 and sent to prison for a year in Yerevan. In 1897 he published his first poems collection “Songs and Wounds”. Throughout his life he had traveled abroad a few times. His work has been translated in many languages. Avetik Isahakyan died October 17, 1957 in Yerevan.

 

 

 

 

Sero Khanzadyan (left) was born November 20, 1915 in Goris, Armenia. It was during WWII, when at the age of 18 he joined the red army. He wrote many notable novels, Sero Khanzadyan passed away in 1998.

Hrant Matevosyan (right) was born in March 13, 1935. He died on December 19, 2002. He was one of the most recent Armenian writers whose writings have been translated.

 

 

 

 

 

Aleksandr Movsesian, better known as Shirvanzade because he was born in Shirvan (in Azerbaijan) on April 18, 1858. He immersed himself in Armenian and Russian literature while working in Baku's oil industry. His work included many novels, plays, short stories, and newspaper articles. His work has been translated. He died in Kislovodsk, Russia in 1935, and was buried in Yerevan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest addition in this cemetery was Karen Demirjian, who although not an artist, was loved by all Armenians as a nationalist figure who did a lot for his country Armenia. Demirjian was the head of the communist party of Armenia during Soviet period. After the independence he was politically active; he created the People's party and later was the speaker of the parliament On October 17 of 1999 he was assassinated in the parliament of Armenia along with others by gunmen who had made it inside the building unnoticed. He was a great lose for a nation that had its hope on him for the future.