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Mikel Housep Martirossian -The mission of Dhaka’s last Armenian

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Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, was once home to thousands of migrants from the former Soviet republic who grew to dominate the city’s trade and business life.

But Martin, aged in his 70s, is now the only one left.

“When I die, maybe one of my three daughters will fly in from Canada to keep our presence here alive,” Martin said hopefully, speaking broken Bengali with a thick accent. “Or perhaps other Armenians will come from somewhere else.”

Martin came to Dhaka in 1942 during World War II, following in the footsteps of his father who had settled in the region decades earlier.

They joined an Armenian community in Bangladesh dating back to the 16th century, but now Martin worries about who will look after the large Armenian church in the city’s old quarter.

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Moldova. Another color revolution?

Interesting event are going on in Moldova. Like year ago in Armenia, the same scenario.

Many intersting pictures from Moldova and some video showing  young democRats.

http://community.livejournal.com/md_community/751045.html

http://drugoi.livejournal.com/2914511.html

http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/_robot_marvin_/post100030324/

Translation on Twitter

Videochannel on Youtube.

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Armenian bloggers changed the name of the song to be presented at Eurovision-2009

Being pressured by some armenian bloggers Inga and Anush Arshakyan changed the name of the song “Nor Par” to be presented by Armenia at Eurovision-2009 song contest.

Final name of the song  is “Jan,Jan” .

Watch new video of the song.

Updated information on blog.ingaanush.am

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Gurgen Margaryan. 5 years passed……

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Armenian citizen Gurgen Margaryan, 26 years old, was hacked to death while asleep by Ramil Safarov, a Lieutenant of the Azerbaijani Army. Both were participants of an English language training course within the framework of the NATO-sponsored “Partnership for Peace” program held in Budapest, Hungary.

First interrogation of Ramil Safarov.

[Interrogator:] Do you know the names of the attacked person or the person you wanted to attack?

[Safarov:] I appeared in the middle of the hall, where I was about to go, I tried to open the door, it opened, it wasn’t close. I turned on the light and I saw the following things in the room: Entering the door on the left bed the Armenian was lying facing the wall. The Hungarian was on the right hand side bed, I didn’t pay any attention the way he was lying. As I turned on the light the Armenian turned to his back, trying to open his eyes, but at that time I hit him at his forehead with the flat side of the axe. At that time Hungarian guy woke up and told me in English: ”Please, please, [unclear]”

I told him this is not your business; this is the business of Armenians and azerbaijans. After this I turned the axe to the sharp side and I afflicted to the middle of his neck, and I don’t know where else, but I hit him on his leg too.

[Interrogator:] How many times did you hit with the axe?

[Safarov:] Three times on his neck and if I remember right with the flat side of the axe I hit on his face, at that time if I remember well [unclear] after hit on his arm and his leg. As I remember around 6-7 or maybe 8 could be the number of hits, but I do not really remember.

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Selection scoreboard for armenian participants in Eurovision 2009

Uzogh placed a table with the results of selection of armenian participant for Eurovision 2009.

Once more,congrats to Inga and Anush who won with the song “New dance”

Singer Jury score SMS Sum Final result Number of SMS received
Iren 0 91
Hasmik Margaryan 0 62
3 The Beautified Project 2 2 223
4 Gayane Arzumanyan (Hay-ya) 4 1 5 3 173
Marta Bukbulyan 0 55
Anush and Inga Arshakyan 12 12 24 12 5 416
7 Oxigen 0 9
8  (Artem Avun) 0 82
9 Shprot 6 7 13 6 1 055
10 Hayk Kasparov 0 50
11 Arman Harutyunyan 0 57
12 Guzh 0 23
13 Lilu 4 4 2 353
14 David Minasyan 1 1 90
15 Mher 7 10 17 10 4 493
16 Dorians 10 6 16 8 874
17 Bambir 5 8 13 7 1 134
18 Hripsime Hakobyan 2 3 5 4 272
19 Davo 0 100
Tigran Petrosyan 8 5 13 5 494
21 Sergey Grigoryan 3 3 1 127

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Inga and Anush Arshakyan will represent Armenia at Eurovision-2009 song contest in Moscow

So far this marathon from 21 songs is already finished and we already know who will represent Armenia at Eurovision 2009 song contest.

So Inga and Anush Arshakyan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good luck ,and ,of course, we will win!

Watch the video of “Nor Par” song here

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No Grammy for Isabel Bayrakdarian

Unfortunately, Isabel Bayrakdarian -shortlisted for Best Vocal Performance Grammy Nomination with Komitas’ songs was not selected as a winner. Anyway, in my opinion, it was good chance once again  present armenian ethnomusic to the world, like Jivan Gasparyan and Ara gevorgyan done.

The 2009 Grammy nominees and winners.

BEST CLASSICAL VOCAL PERFORMANCE

Winner-“Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan,” Hila Plitmann (JoAnn Falletta; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)

“Fussell, Charles: Wilde,” Sanford Sylvan (Gil Rose; Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
“Gomidas Songs,”  Isabel Bayrakdarian (Eduard Topchjan; Serouj Kradjian; Chamber Players Of The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra)

“Maria,” Cecilia Bartoli (Adam Fischer; Orchestra La Scintilla)

“Terezín: Theresienstadt,” Anne Sofie Von Otter (Christian Gerhaher & Daniel Hope; Bengt Forsberg & Gerold Huber)
More on Grammy

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2008/12/grammy-scorecar.html

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