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.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Arbi Avanesian

Born on 1941 in Jolfa,Isfahan, In an Armenian family.

After finishing high school education in Kooshesh Davitian,he became a member of the "Armen" theatrical group in Ararat cultural organization that was established on fourth of December 1960 . Shahen Sarkissian the head of the group of national art was also the director of the group.At that time Avanesian started with costume designs and decoration of the scenes.

Between 1963 until 1966 he studies film directing and animation at London International film School and starts attending to theaters at Milan,Paris,Rome,Vatican & Athens due to his great amusement to theater.

Upon his return to Iran, he shoots a documentary about the ancient Armenian church "Saint Tadeous" located in northwest of Iran. Soon after Shahen Sarkissian invites him to direct the Armen theater group , and the first play "The gracious beggars" becomes the first theater he directs.

After some brilliant plots ,between the 1969 to 1974 he teaches film and theater at Tehran university of fine arts and Iran national radio and television school,and meanwhile established the "Theater workshop" a step which within 12 years succeeded at organizing more than 6 theater groups that all of them have had their unique impact on the Iranian theater.

Avanesian starts shooting "The source" at 1961,a movie which according to many is the starting point of a new era in Iranian cinema.

At 1979 on an invitation from German cultural administrators he leaves Tehran for Stuttgart,Berlin & Munich and cooperates with German theaters and directors.

At the same year he directs Anton Chekhov's famous "Lady with a puppy dog" for a autumn theater festival in Paris and has been resided in France ever since.

The massive impact of Avanesians work on Iranian theater and cinema has been numerously indicated by Iranian intellectuals and artists.And he is known worldwide for his superb knowledge of contemporary theater and innovations at this field .He has also during many occasions , displayed Armenian cinema and movies to a vast majority of cinema audience.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Zoya Pirzad

Born in Abadan, south of Iran, at 1952,she is an Armenian Iranian novelist very well known for her supperb ability at characterizing the women and creating suspense through defamiliarization of everyday life. "One day befor easter" was her first story in which she told the two stages of an Armenian man born in Anzali harbor in north of Iran who later become a teacher in Tehran. Pirzad can once more repeat the success she experienced with her first novel, “I Turn Off the Lights“, given her specific outlook in “We Get Used to It.“ The latter is the familiar story of the individuals encountered in everyday life, displaying the continuous reasonable trend of Pirzad’s short stories. The writer’s two recent novels seem to be more integrated due to the experience gained through writing for several consecutive years. Besides her particular approach toward the contemporary life, focusing on the characters’ attitudes and thoughts plays a decisive role in making the novels more successful compared to her former short stories.The themes picked by Pirzad seem to be melodramatic and sorrowful, simple and ordinary at first glance. It should, however, be noted that the content does not generally account for the artistic value of any work. “We Get Used to It“ should be lauded in view of the writer’s outlook and her potential in covering the most minor and inexpressible human feelings. Pirzad was nominated and has won a lot of awards for her recent book "I turn off the lights".

Marcos Grigorian

Grigorian was born in Kropotkin, Russia, to an Armenian family, who immigrated to Iran in 1930. After finishing pre-university education in Iran, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. In 1954, he returned to Iran, opened the Galerie Esthétique, an important commercial gallery in Tehran. In 1958, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, he organized the first Tehran Biennial. Grigorian was also an influential teacher at the Fine Arts Academy, where he disseminated his enthusiasm for local popular culture, including coffee-house paintings, a type of folk art named after the locations in which they were often displayed.
In 1975 Grigorian helped organize the group of free painters and sculptors in Tehran and was one of its founder members. Artists Gholamhossein Nami, Massoud Arabshahi, Morteza Momayez and Faramarz Pilaram were amongst the other members of the group.
Grigorian left Iran in 1977 at the age of 52. He lived for a short time in the United States before moving to Yerevan, Armenia, then still a republic of the Soviet Union. In 1989, he traveled to Russia at the invitation of the Union of Russian Artists, visiting Moscow and Leningrad.
He exhibited his clay and straw works in Yerevan in 1991. He later donated 5,000 of his artworks to the government of Armenia.
Some of his works are now on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kerman, and the National Gallery of Armenia.
He died on August 27, 2007 in Yerevan, at the age of 82.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Samuel Khachikian

Samuel Khachikian ( 1923 , Tabriz Iran, – 22 October 2001, Tehran) was an Armenian-Iranian film director, screenwriter, author, and film editor.
Graduated in history and journalism, he started his career as a stage director for a short period and made his first film, Return in 1953. As a pioneer, he was the first director of Iranian cinema who showed the importance of film directing to the public and was the most popular and influential director. He made forty films, mostly horror and thriller, including some box office hits, which brought him the ironic title of “Iranian Hitchcock”.His son Edwin Khachikian is currently a director in Tehran, Iran. Samuel's brother Souren Khachikian was also heavily involved in the production of his films. Souren's grandson Ara H. Keshishian is currently working as Film Editor in Hollywood, CA.

Loris Tjeknavorian

Loris Tjeknavorian , born october 13, 1937 is a contemporary Armenian-Iranian composer and conductor. He was born in Borujerd in the province of Lorestan, southwestern Iran, and was educated in Tehran.
In the course of his career, Cheknavarian has made about 100 recordings (with RCA, Philips, EMI, ASV, etc.) and written more than 75 compositions (symphonies, operas, a requiem, chamber music, concerto for piano, violin, guitar, cello and bipa (Chinese lute), ballet music, choral works and an oratorio. And over 45 Film mosaics. Cheknavarian also has conducted international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, U.S., Canada, Hungary, Iran, Finland, former USSR, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Denmark, Israel, etc.
His own compositions have been performed by major orchestras, including the London

Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the London Percussion Virtuosies, the Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra.