Saroyan’s Armenia outside Armenia
Great losses in just a couple of years.: Charles Aznavour, Adiss Harmandian, great Armenian Diasporans. Diasporans descending from Armenian Genocide survivors haven’t chosen to be diasporans, they are not immigrants who have left their motherland for financial, social, health-related, or political reasons. Diasporans have had to cope with being born and raised far from our motherland, under different nationalities,.They have created their little new Armenian neighborhoods, with churches, schools, clubs struggling to preserve their identity and give a sense of pride to their compatriots who also share the same destiny.
Descendants of the Genocide, or just Armenian Citizens Armenian Artists, Athletes, Chefs, Businessmen, Doctors, Lawmakers, Educational Institutions, Events, Different Associations, and Organizations, have always shined all over the world. No matter their fame or wealth or location, they have always loved and supported our motherland and our compatriots.
Not too long ago, the world lost a great star of Armenian origin. Charles Vaghinag Aznavour, who lived, evolved, created extraordinary art, and left a very huge legacy to the whole world and gaining respect for himself and for Armenia. He was the greatest Armenian Ambassador to the world. Aznavour appreciated Armenian Artists and encouraged them.
Aznavour passed away on October 1 2018 at the age of 94 at one of his homes, in the village of Mouries, north of Marseille.
Requiem services for the legendary singer were offered in all Armenian Churches all around the world.
His Holiness Aram I stated, “through the chansons, he composed and sang, Charles Aznavour embodied and expressed the French cultural heritage; his incomparable voice and delivery expressed the pain of the Armenian Genocide and the call of his people for justice.”
French singer of Armenian origin Charles Aznavour’s death is a universal loss, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Facebook live shortly after the news broke about the legendary singer’s passing.
Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II traveled to Paris to attend the commemoration and funeral ceremonies for the late French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour.
In addition, requiem services for the legendary singer were offered on October 6 at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the diocesan seat churches of the dioceses of the Armenian Church.
France, the whole French Nation, French Citizens, and Officials, paid tribute to an Armenian Artist, who chose to sing in French Language treating as someone not other than their own. Aznavour was a dignified Global artist beyond Comparison. Aznavour deserved all our respect and will be in our hearts and memories until the end of time.
On Sunday, September 1st, 2019, Adiss Harmandian. An acquaintance introduced him to Charles Aznavour, and after hearing Adiss’es debut album “Dans La Nuit”, recorded in French, Aznavour advised him to sing in Armenian.
Indeed Adis sang Armenian. His lyrics were poems borrowed from Vahan Derian, Missak Medzarentz, Avedik Issahagian, L. Tourian, Terenig Temirdjian, etc…
Adiss recorded 30 albums and around 400 songs, becoming the Pioneer of the “Estradayin” genre of Armenian music. His songs won over Turkish songs and our houses were filled with Armenian songs, inspiring other Armenian singers.
Adiss entered every Armenian home and kicked out the Turkish songs, his only misfortune was that he was born in Lebanon, a country that unfortunately was struck with war, slowing the progress of success Adiss could have had if he was born elsewhere.
Upon his death, his family requested, in lieu of flowers donations to be made to the Birds Nest orphanage at the following account;
Name of Bank: Credit Libanais
Branch: Bourdj Hammoud
Swift Code: CLIBLBBX
Account: LB23 0053 00C4 USD0 0120 0871 7007
Birds Nest office phone: 961 09 540867 or 09 540027
email: [email protected]
Minister Hranush Agopyan honoured Adiss Harmandian with a Medal.“ Armenian song is the best weapon that can help Armenians preserve their national identity abroad… You have been able to use that weapon. Your songs and career have been appreciated by Catholicos Aram I, and it is truly difficult to receive the Catholicos’s appraisal.” Minister Hranush Hakobyan.
Aram I Catholicos of the Holy See of Kilikia wrote a letter of Blessing and immense achievements for Adis.
He was honored during his lifetime:
-The Komitas medal by His Holiness Vazgen I, Catholicos of All Armenians of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin of the Armenian Apostolic Church
-Great House of Cilicia high honor by Karekin II, when he was Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia
-Mesrob Mashdots Medallion (with the degree of Prince) title in 2005 for his 40 years of work by Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia
-“Lifetime achievement award” at the 7th Armenian Music Awards with a certificate from the Los Angeles Council members for lifetime achievement in 2005.
-At the suggestion of France’s Armenian community, mayor of Paris, former President Jacques Chirac honored the singer with a medal in recognition of his contributions.
Read more about Adiss’ journey on the Armenian music Estrada