In Yekaterinburg, the International Center for the Arts “Main Prospect Gallery” opened the doors for those who wanted to experience the Armenian classics. Such a gift was given to the residents of the Urals Capital by the Armenian community ANI-Armenia, which organized an Evening of Armenian Poetry.
“Every year on the day of Hovhannes Tumanyan’s birthday Armenia celebrates the “Book Giving Day”. Armenians of the whole world brought such a good tradition to the Eurasian continent. Now everyone can get a book about Armenia or with the works of Armenian classics on this Day,” – said Masis Nazaryan, Chairman of the non-governmental organization ANI-Armenia opening the Evening of Armenian Poetry.
“The Sverdlovsk region is a recognized center of interethnic and intercultural dialogue, a region that provides equal opportunities for self-realization and preservation of the national identity to all 160 peoples living here,” - said Marina Plyasunova, Head of the Representative Office of the International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations “Eurasian Peoples' Assembly” in the Sverdlovsk region.
Motherland, Mother and Language are inextricably linked concepts for the Armenian people! Of course, these concepts cannot exist without love. That is why the main topics of the evening were: Homeland, Mother and Language. By means of a native word, threads are stretched from each child’s heart to that great and eternal, whose name is the people; to the mysteries of its language, its culture, the glory of its many generations. It connects human souls, history with modernity, ancestral life with our lives.
Poems of Armenian classics in the original, including Ovanes Tumanyan, Ovanes Shiraz, Silva Kaputikyan, Avetik Isaacian, Paruyr Sevak, Amo Sagiyan, Vaan Teryan and others, as well as translations of famous poets Valery Bryusov, Osip Mandelstam, Bella Ahmadulina, Anna Akhmatova, Mark Ryzhkov were performed throughout the evening.
Poetry united the younger and the older generations. The reciters were students and teachers of the Armenian Sunday Center, activists of the Armenian Youth Union, parents and even grandparents.
There is no doubt that any country has its admirers from those who have kept the fondest memories. Armenia is no exception.
Among the guests of the evening was the famous Ural artist Alexei Ryzhkov, who repeatedly captured Armenia in his paintings. As the son of the famous poet-translator Mark Ryzhkov, Alexey Markovic knows firsthand about Armenia, because the famous translator was in love with the country around Ararat, and his translations were a way of self-expression.
Hovhannes Tumanyan deeply understood the truth that art unites national and universal, that only with the depiction of life, the national character of the native people the artist can express thoughts and ideals that will be close and understandable to all peoples.
On behalf of the Armenian youth, Lusine Ustian, project coordinator of the youth wing of the Armenian community "ANI-Armenia", welcomed the audience and said that it is literature and poetry that can awaken the best feelings in the youth of the Eurasian countries!