Paradjanov Bust Unveiled On Artist’s 75th Birthday

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A bronze bust of famed filmmaker and director Sergei Paradjanov was unveiled Thursday at the Yerevan City Pantheon–nine years after the artist’s death.

Filmmakers from Georgia–Russia–Ukraine–Poland–Iran–including Miron Chernenko–Janusz Gazdan–Victor Janson and others–arrived in Yerevan to attend the celebrations marking what would have been Paradjanov’s 75th birthday.

The Paradjanov Museum–founded after the artist’s death in 1991–is exhibiting more than 200 works by the great master. The museum’s exhibits were put on display in Italy–Japan–France–Germany–Russia and other countries.

In an interview with Noyan Tapan–Ukrainian Ambassador to Armenia Alexander Bozhko said that Paradjanov’s art brought nations and people closer together. Paradjanov’s films embraced cultures of more than 100 nations.

The Ambassador explained that "The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" addresses the life of Guzuls–"The Color of the Pomegranate" depicts the life of Sayat-Nova–while "The Secret of the Suram Fortress" and "Ashugh Kerib" characterizes life in Georgian and Oriental tales respectively.

Meanwhile–a requiem service was held for Paradjanov at the main Cathedral at Holy Etchmiadzin. The service was officiated by Catholicos’ Vicar General Garegin Nersissian.

"It is a comfort that today we are praying for the great son of the Armenian people–Sergei Paradjanov–the artist whose art–with its national sources–is added to the values common to all mankind," the Vicar General said.

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