Poet Zahrad Passes Away

ISTANBUL (Noyan Tapan)–Istanbul-born Armenian poet Zahrad died at the age of 83 Tuesday in Turkey, reported Ara Kochunian, the editor-in-chief of the Armenian Zhamanak newspaper published in Istanbul. Zahrad entered the literary scene in the 1940s. In literary critics’ words, a poet with new handwriting was clearly noticed in his "Big City" collection published in 1960. He also developed poetry with social messages, often writing about man’s suffering in contemporary Armenian literature from Istanbul. The poet’s "Kind Sky" collection was published in 1971, the "Green Ground" in 1976, and the "Two Springs with One Stone" collection was published in 1989. Chairman of the Writers’ Union of Armenia Levon Ananian called Zahrad "the huge oak tree of Diasporan poetry whose literary heritage had a deep and stable influence on modern poetry of not only Diaspora but also Armenia. Literary critic Suren Danielian, Director of Spyurk Scientific-Educational Center, in an interview with a Noyan Tapan correspondent said that Zahrad’s literary heritage had a deep and stable influence on modern poetry of both Diaspora and Armenia. Zahrad’s successors included such writers as Hovhannes Grigorian, Henrik Edoyan, Armen Martirosian, and Artem Haroutiunian. "Today Armenian literature from Istanbul is the most prolific in the Diaspora, in the person of Zahrad, Zareh Khrakhuni and Robert Haddejian. There is a huge literary potential in these three writers. And today Zahrad’s fellow-writers will first of all feel Zahrad’s loss," Danielian emphasized. Zahrad (Zareh Yaltchian) was born in Istanbul. In 1942 he graduated from the Mkhitarian college. Zahrad appeared on the literary scene from the 1940’s.

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