Levon Hakhverdian Passes Away

YEREVAN–Prominent Armenian philologist–literary and art critic–academician of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences–and Director of the Institute of Art of the Academy Levon Hakhverdian died at the age of 79 on February 6–following a long illness.

Levon Hakhverdian was born in Kirovakan on December 24–1924. He was a graduate of the Yerevan Theatrical Institute’s division of theatrical studies. In 1965–he headed the theater and motion picture division of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Art–later becoming its Director. In 1967–he receive his Ph.D. in Philological Sciences.

He wrote several works devoted to classic Armenian writers–the history and theory of theatrical studies–and translated many pages of world literature. The death of gifted intellectual Levon Hakhverdian–an expert in modern Armenian literature and generally the history of the arts–is a great loss for Armenian culture.

In one of his writings–critiquing Hovhannes Toumanian’s poetry–Hakhverdian wrote: "There are writers–and famous ones at that–who are not man’s lifelong companions–but only accompany him along a certain stretch of life’s road–be it childhood–youth or maturity. But there are also writers who belong to all ages–from early childhood to a venerable old age. Toumanian’s works are a living phenomenon in constant motion–a whole world–swarming with countless heroes and buzzing with the sound of human voices. There is something we must know about Toumanian if we want to understand that world. Everything he wrote–prose and poetry–fairytales and real stories–even his journalistic writings and correspondence–have an inner unity–embraced as they are by this great individual’s coherent world outlook. Hence the extraordinary unity of his art–for all its great variety and wealth of tones and shades–is a unity exclusive only to great artists."

On the news of Hakhverdian’s death–Prime Minister Antranig Markarian conveyed his deep sadness and sincere condolences to family and friends.

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