Kolkata Armenian School Turns 194

The Armenian College and Philanthropic School in Kolkata, India

KOLKATA, India—Kolkata’s historic Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy (ACPA) on Wednesday celebrated the legacy of Indian and Armenian educational cooperation on the 194th anniversary of its founding, the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reports.

ACPA was founded in 1821 in then-Calcutta by Astvatsatur Muradghanian and Mnatsakan Vardanian, prominent members of the Armenian community in the city.

It was the only educational center in the East established to educate children of the Armenian community.

“We had a simple program today to mark founders’ day — the day when the school was established,” ACPA principal Soumitra Mallick said. “There was a prayer service and national anthems of India and Armenia were sung.”

“There were welcome speeches, dramatized poems and a performance by the school choir. We celebrated the legacy of cooperation between the two countries,” Mallick told IANS.

The institution currently has 40 Armenian students from Armenia, Iraq and Iran with facilities for kindergarten to 10th grade.

Kolkata has been home to Armenian Christians since the 17th century and as many as 30 families continue to be an integral, yet quiet, part of the bustling metropolis.

A pivotal aspect of their culture is the Holy Church of Nazareth, located in Burrabazar in the central part of the city.

There are five magnificent churches across the state, including Stephen’s Court in Park Street, that boast of splendid edifices.


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  1. daniel janoyan said:


    Written by Daniel Janoyan
    Baghdad, Iraq, May 10, 1961

    On a plain stone
    Under the clock
    In letters of gold
    Thus they had wrote.

    Menatsakan*, Aswadsadoor*
    Were the founders of this school,
    Their memories will never die
    And be immortal as the age of time.

    Vartan*, so was Muradkhanian*,
    Buried many decades ago,
    But like two streams of different births
    They united and as a river flowed.

    And like a river they carried on
    With noble thoughts in mind
    That still murmur for years to come
    And live as they had done.

    * Christian and surnames of the founders of Armenian College Philanthropic Academy, Calcutta, India in 1821

  2. Saaten Maagar said:

    I wish I could say the same about my alma matter Melkonian Educational Institute in Cyprus, donated by the founding Melkonian brothers to AGBU & the latter closed the doors of the school in 2005 saying not enough student interest, while all around Cyprus, countries are being destroyed and Armenian youth have no school to go to. The inept leadership of AGBU has to answer to the general public of how donations to their organization are manipulated against their original intent. The largest institution to preserve the endangered Western Armenian, is destroyed by AGBU. Good job preserving our heritage.