Friday, July 9, 2010

Vartges Bashian


Vartges Bashian Haigazi was born on July 10, 1942 in Tehran, Iran. His parents, Haigaz & Marinos Bashian were survivors of the Armenian Genocide who immigrated to Iran in early 1930s. He received his education at Kushes and then at Firooz Bahram High School.
In 1966 he met and married his wife Araks Amirian. They created a family which grew like a flower with the birth of their daughter Karineh. He was a cartographer by profession and his detailed and excellent work was recognized and appreciated by his colleagues.
From an early age his talent for art and theatre became apparent to everyone. He was in a committee which established the “Sipan” cultural organization. His career in the field of theatre began in 1960 when he accepted the role of ‘the teacher’ in the “Jakharaki Yerge” play. Critics soon welcomed the new talent into the world of Armenian theatre. Through his own hard work and talent he became one of the stars of the Iranian Armenian stage, giving life to more than 40 roles. All the roles were uniquely different yet Vartges was able to embody them and make them his own, taking his audience along with him on this journey.
From 1960 to 1983 he accepted roles in plays directed by Arousyak Tashtjian, Armen Mkrtoumian, as well as Toni Amatouni. The plays he participated in were “Namous”, “Vasake Bantoom”, “Khghji Khaite”, “Kendani Meryalner”, “Char Vogi” and so on. In 1980 he became a member of Ararat and joined their theatrical team. He began working with Gevorg Noubarian, Aramais Aghamalian, Roland Bold, Kitoush Arzouian, Misha Hayrabedian, and Grigori Amyan. He starred in several plays such as, “Avedoom”, “Ey, ov ka Aidegh”, “Mernile Vorkan Djvar e”, “Pepo”, “Karapi Yerge”, “ Kilikyo Arka”, “Votki Datarann e Galis”, “mets Lroutioun”, “Phisikosner”, “Jamboun Vra”, “Bel Boughi”, “Keri Vania”, “Hin Asdvatsner”. “Tsir Katin” in which he presented 5 different roles concurrently,…,“Gna Meri Ari Sirem” to name just a few. Aside from participating in the above mentioned plays, Vartges also directed and starred in “Bebeks” performed in 1989 and 1993. He was also scheduled to star in two Iranian films and was busy rehearsing for these roles.
One of the most well known plays he starred in was “Boomerang” and “Gna Meri Ari Sirem”. In these plays he once again worked with Lorik Minassian. His role as ‘Daron’ in “Gna Meri Ari Sirem” was one of his last roles before his untimely death on February 10th 1997. Vartges had an impact on many people including his family, friends and everyone who knew him. He was kind, humble, and always had a joke handy. Although Vartges is no longer with us, we are fortunate to have his humanness, kindheartedness as well as his body of work to remember him by.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Alinoush Terian


Alinoush Tarian, was born in an Armenian family in 1920 in Tehran. She graduated in Khordad 1326 [1947] from Tehran University Science Department and began her career in physics laboratories of the same university and was elected as the chief of laboratory operations in the same year.

She could not convince her teacher (Dr Hessabi) to pay for her studies abroad and was obliged to go to Paris on her own where she began studying in Atmospheric physic in Paris University. She graduated in 1856 and after rejecting a teaching job in Sorbonne University came back to Iran to become an assistant professor in thermodynamics physics in Tehran University.

She studied on solar physics observatory for 4 months by a scholarship of German government and finally became the first female professor of physics in Iran on 1964.

In 1966 she became a member of the geophysics committee of Tehran University and in 1969 finally was elected as the chief of the solar physics studies in that university and began to work in the solar observatory which she was one of its founders. She was retired on 1979.
The first Iranian woman, teacher of physics, the founder of the first solar telescopic observatory in Iran, was graduated from Sorbonne University in Paris, and after teaching for 30 years in universities was resting in an elderly house when she died at 91 on March 5 2011.
Her best memories regard the successful students who have became professors today.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hovhannes Badalian







Hovhannes Badalian was born in December 15, 1924 in the village of Shavarin near the city of Hamadan, Iran. His parents were from the ancient Armenian village of Gardabad near the city of Urmia. They came to Shavarin as refugees when the Turkish army invaded northwestern Iran. The Armenians of the region, well aware of the genocide of their kin in eastern Anatolia, fled further south, hoping to find safety with the British army which occupied Baghdad, Iraq, and was poised to move north.
Despite hardships and uncertainties, young Hovhannes was able to attend an Armenian school in Baghdad until he was a teenager. In 1936 he returned to Iran where he started singing first in social gatherings and then in choirs. In Tehran, he studied and performed with maestro Hambarsoom Grigorian but was not satisfied with his prospects in Iran. He wanted to achieve more, hence, when the opportunity was offered to him at age 22, Badalian left for the Armenian SSR with a group of students to study music and train his voice.
In Yerevan he attended the Romanos Melikian Music College and joined the Folk Music Instruments Ensemble of the Armenian Radio. His voice began to echo throughout the diaspora and soon he was among the favorite performers on the Armenian Radio. In 1949 pressures from the Soviet regime forced him to leave the Radio Ensemble and join the Tatoul Altunian Folk Dance and Song Ensemble but five years later he returned to the Radio program where he worked until the end of his life. In 1980 he also began to teach at Yerevan State Musical Conservatory.
In 1957 Badalian received the title of Honored Artist of Armenia and in 1961 he earned the title of the People's Artist of Armenia. Catholicos Aram the First presented him with the Saint Mesrop Mashtots Medal and the title of Singer of All Armenians in 2000. A year later his achievements were recognized with the Movses Khorenatsi Medal from the President of the Republic of Armenia. Hovhannes Badalian passed away on August 19, 2001 in Yerevan after a short illness. Throughout his life Hovannes performed on many world stages from the Middle Eastern countries to Europe, Australia, Canada, US and countless tours within the Soviet Union and Armenia. He displayed an unparalleled enthusiasm whenever and wherever he walked on the stage. He left behind his distinctive school of singing a delightful collection of Armenian folk and patriotic songs and a living legacy in the minds of his contemporaries.

Hambarsoom Grigorian


Hambarsoom Grigorian was a composer and the founder and director of the “Komitas” choir. He was born in 1893 in Tabriz, Iran. After graduating school in 1913, he was invited to teach at the Ghazvin Armenian School.
During World War I (1914-1918), he dedicated himself to help people. After the war, he moved to Salmas and Oroomieh and assisted survivors of the Armenian Genocide. In 1923, he and a group of young Armenians were invited to Prague’s National University where he became interested in the Rimsky Korsakov School and continued his education there. After six months, he moved to Paris, France where from 1924-1927, he was taught under Venesandi at the Scola Cantorum School. He also attended Sorbonne University where he graduated with a degree in child development and psychology.
In 1927, he moved to Rasht and taught in an Armenian school. Later, he moved to Tehran and continued his dedication to school and people. He was one of the founders of the Alik Daily Newspaper, in Tehran, which continues its daily publications till today.
He established the Komitas choir in 1928, where without interruption it actively dedicated itself to Armenian culture in Iranian cities. The choir selected “Hayrenyaz Sirov” (Love for Country) as the song that represented it.
Hambarsoom Grigorian composed more than 200 songs. He converted Iran’s National Song, written by Amir Jahedi, to choral and presented in front of Reza Shah for his birthday ceremony. Later, he was awarded the Hamayoon Medal by the king. In 1969, Tehran cultural groups celebrated Grigorian’s 55th work anniversary and Komitas’ 40th anniversary. In 1973, Kilikiya Soorb Mesrob awarded him the Mashtos medal for his active role in the Armenian culture.
He died on July 28th, 1975 in Tehran.

Biurakn Hakhverdian


Biurakn Hakhverdian (born October 4, 1985 in Leiden) is a Dutch water polo player who represents the Dutch national team in international competitions. She is of Iranian Armenian descent.Her Armenian parents have had immigrated from Iran to Holland befor she was born in Leiden, where she began her water polo career playing for Zwem Vereniging Leiden (ZVL). In 2000, Hakhverdian rose to national level as she was selected for the national Dutch junior women's team. Two years later, she became the captain of the Dutch national junior women's team.
Since 2004, she has been playing for the Dutch national senior women's team. In 2005, Hakhverdian stopped playing for ZVL and signed a contract with Ethnikos Piraeus (Athens, Greece), but returned within three months after internal mismanagement. Upon her return to the Netherlands, Hakhverdian signed a contract with Polar Bears and has been playing for them since.
Hakhverdian was part of the Dutch team that finished 10th at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal. At the 2006 FINA Women's Water Polo World League in Cosenza and the 2006 Women's European Water Polo Championship in Belgrade they finished in 5th place, followed by the 9th spot at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne. The Dutch team finished in fifth place at the 2008 Women's European Water Polo Championship in Malaga and they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. There they won the gold medal on August 21, beating the United States 9-8 in the final.

Alfred Yaghobzadeh



Alfred Yaghobzadeh was born in a multicultural family of an Armenian father and Assyrian mother in Teheran, Iran.
In 1979 the Iranian revolution interrupted his university studies in interior design and incited him to begin photography in the streets of Teheran.The turmoil in his country, the raging battles on the Iran-Iraq front were dramatic, cutting-edge events that Alfred covered with the passion, courage, drive, and youthful instinct of a 19-year-old..This instinct guided the photographer in his choice of subjects covered as well as the agencies which represented his work, beginning with the Associated Press, then onto the Paris-based agencies, Gamma and Sygma, and finally, for the past 23 years, Sipa Press.
Alfred’s passion for his profession has taken him around the globe witnessing conflicts and news-breaking events. He was wounded and taken hostage in Lebanon’s civil war, covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for over l3 years, “captured history with no blood shed”, as he says, as the first stones of the Berlin wall tumbled. He has covered wars, famine, feuds, political events, human crises in Somalia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Cuba,, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Mexico, India, the Philippines, Turkey, Armenia, Iraq, Russia, China, Sri Lanka. While covering the Chechen conflict, Alfred was wounded by shrapnel from a tank shell which exploded but a few meters from him. He was lucky to have survived the incident which could have proven fatal.
The collapse of the Communist regime and the resulting new freedom to practice religion in Eastern Europe inspired Alfred to begin an exhaustive reportage on christianity.. HIs imipressive exploration of religious rites, rituals and traditions in more than 24 countries, spanned 10 years and culminated in numerous publications, exhibitions in Perpignan, Milan, and Budapest, and a 220-page book, “Christianity around the World”.
His early work in Iran is llustrated in 2 publications, “War Iran-Iraq”, as well as “Faces of War”. His assiduous coverage of Palestine and Israel was published in “Promised Peace”.
Alfred’s pictures are rich portrayals of the many facets of humanity and the world in which it evolves. His mastery of color is not only visible when he is capturing life and death situations, but evident in his feature work, his stunning images of Paris’ haute couture fashion, or even his pictures of the Venice Carnaval.
His work has been recognised by international juries: he has been awarded the World Press Photo first prize, as well as first place in The American Overseas Press Club and the NPPA Best of Photojournalism. Other awards have been discerned by the Internattiona Festival of Journalism and Scoop in Angers, and the Fuji Europe Awards. He has also been a member of the World Press Photo jury.
HIs award-winning photographs have graced the covers and inside pages of such prestigious international publications as Stern, Time, Geo, Newsweek, Paris Match, Elle, Life, El Pais, Sette, to name but a few.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Karo Lucas


Born on 1951,in an Armenian family in Iran is widly known as the father of the Robatic of Iran.
Lucas first received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering (Fanni) University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran in 1973 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976. He is a Professor, and a member (as well as the founder- Director) of Center of Excellence for Control and Intelligent Processing, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tehran.
His research interests include biological computing, computational intelligence, uncertain systems, intelligent control, neural networks, multiagent systems, data mining, business intelligence, financial modeling, and knowledge management. Professor Lucas was the founder of the ISRF, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics
and has assisted in founding several new research organizations and engineering disciplines in Iran. He is the holder of the patent for Speaker Independent Persian Isolated Word Neurorecognizer. Professor Caro Lucas has published about 150 papers in Journals and over 300 papers in Conferences.
Professor Lucas was elected as the honorable Iranian Science and Culture Hall of Fame in 2006 who is the second winner of this honorable award from ECE Department of University of Tehran, which is a great deal of respect with a high repute for Iranian Scientists and Artists to be elected to this position.
Karo Lucas passed away on July 8 2010 in Tehran.