SAYAT-NOVA (Harutyun Sayadyan), from 1712 to 1795.
  The highest peak of armenian classical folk art.
  He was born in Tbilisi, his father whose name was Karapet, was born in Aleppo, and his mother whose name was Sarah, was from Havlabar.
  He had been taught by ashugh Dostin (his teacher was ashugh Dostin), and he had been given the name Sayat-Nova. Аfter some short time he began singing and writing songs in Armenian, Georgian and Turkish languages. He became famous and renowned very soon. Georgian king Herakl invited him to his palace, and Harutyun became a court singer.
  He got married. He had four children: Melikset, Ohan, Sarah and Mariam.
  Then he consecrated into a clergyman (priest) as Ter-Stephanos and took the name Kakheti Kakh. After his wife Mariam’s death he served as a monk. In 1795 when the troops of khan Aga Mahmed reached Georgia, Harutyun immediately sent his children to Mozdok, and he himself stayed in Georgia and died there. He was buried near the main entrance of the church St.Gevorg in Tbilisi.
  He has left a great inheritance of compositions, and the majority of them have been preserved in manuscripts. His compositions have been published many times in different collections and books.
  He played kyamancha and chonguri.
  His famous songs are : “Dun En Glkhen”, “Qani Vur Djan Im”, “Ashkharhums Akh Chim Khashi”, “Kyamancha”, “Dun En Hurin Is”, “Tamam Ashkhar Ptut Eka” and others.
NAHAPET KUCHAK (forefather, master-ashugh(ashik), Kuchak, Chichak, Kuchak from Van)
He was born at the end of 15th century or at the beginning of the 16th century (by tradition he lived 100 years), he died in 1592 and he was buried in the cemetery of St. Teodoros church, which was situated at Kharakonis village near  the lake Artchak, East Van.
He was one of the first Armenian ashughs. He was a great singer of love and pilgrimage.
Some interesting facts form his life had been preserved among the people, and they became traditional stories. The names such as “forefather” and “master” evidenced that he had been well-known singer and ashugh.
Besides the traditional stories, a dozen of religious, moralizing and love ashik songs had been preserved in Armenian and Turkish, and the seven of them had been preserved in Turkish language but written in armenian letters.
The medieval “hairens” (couplets with a single coherent theme) had been ascribed to him, which had been published and had been translated in numerous languages. This problem of  “hairens”  continues to be controversial and unsolved.
  The name “Nahapet Kuchak” became conventional and collective, but in the history of Armenian culture his name is and it will be one of the peaks of representing the classical ashik art.
NAGHASH HOVNATAN (Hovnatan Hovnatanyan), from 1661 to 1722.
He was an ashugh, a poet, a painter, and the forefather of the family of Hovnatan painters.
He was born at Shorot village, in Nakhchivan, which had been one of the biggest commercial centers.
He studied at Shorot, then in the monastery of Tovmas Araqelyan (he studied: theology, old armenian, miniature painting, persian language). He got skilled at painting and especially at miniature painting from his father Hovhannes, who was famous miniature painter. He opened a drawing school-studio, where also studied his sons, and famous painters at the same time: Hakob Hovnatanyan and Harutyun Hovnatanyan.
Nakhash Honatanyan became popular and well-known painter, poet and ashugh very soon.
Nakhash Hovnatan was in Yerevan from 1680 to 1682. He was reconstructing the churches of the country, which had been ruined because of the earthquake in 1679. And among those churches were: Poghos-Petros, Zoravar, Katoghike. He brushed the ornaments, the icons and the frescos (wall-paintings) of Shorot, Yerndjik, Aprakonis, Zoravor, Agulis churches. From 1715 to 1720 Astvatsatur A. Hamatantsi supreme patriarch
invited him to adorn and to decorate the Mother Cathedral of Etchmiadzin. From 1708 the Georgian king Vaghtang the 6th invited him to his palace as court singer and painter.
During those years Naghash became famous also as an ashugh.
The last two years of his life he passed at Shorot, where he died.
80 songs and poems have been preserved.
  His famous songs are: “Vrastana Gyozalner”, “Tasern Chlini” and others.
               PAGHTASAR DPIR (Paghtasar Grigori), from 1683 to 1768.
He was an ashugh , a poet, a teacher, a man of letters, a grammarian, a publisher.
Paghtasar Dpir was born in Constantinople. His father was Grigor, a carpenter who had migrated from Caesarea, and his mother’s name was Turvantan. At the age of 18-19 he went to school of Astvatsatur Djughayeci which had been opened in Constantinople, and he got his higher education there. He led the scientific engineering works of a number of printing-houses in Constantinople for 60 years.
Paghtasar Dpir, together with the religious and theological literature, published also the books which were associated with the medieval history and the development of the mental life of his times (Arakel Syunetsi “Adam Girq”, Grigor Narekatsi “Matean Voghpergutean”, Grigor Tatevatsi “Girq Harcmants”, David Anhaght “Girq Eakats” and others).
He had been occupied with pedagogy for 57 years. He led the mother scholar house in Gumgapu. He was the teacher of Harutyun Karnetsi, Simeon Yerevantsi, Petros Bertumyan, Taghavor monk (the teacher of N. Ashtaraketsi), Petros Ghapanetsi, Barsegh Kesaretsi and others. They praised their teacher P.Dpir in their songs.
P.Dpir had left huge literary inheritance, some of them he published himself ( “Shahavet”, “Tsankgirq of New Testament”, “The Education of Religious Degree”, “The History of Grigor Lusavorchi” (also hairens, moral stories, religious songs), the logic books, “Barevagirq”(the book of letter forms) and others).
In 1768 he published his three books of songs and poems: “A Little Book of Songs and Poems”, “The Book of Songs and Poems about Love and Miss”, “The Book of Songs and Poems Untitled”. The tunes (melodies) of his songs and poems were used by other poets in their songs in different centuries.
P.Dpir was married. He had two sons: Arsen Dpir, Ter-Anton, and we know also the name of Arsen’s son (his name was Mesrop Varzhapet).
P.Dpir died in Constantinople.
  His famous songs are: “I Nndjamed Arqayakan”, “Im Nman Yoydj Goveli” and others.
  GHUNKIANOS KARNETSI (Ghukianos Harutyuni), from 1781 to 1841.
He was born in Karin, in the family of agha Atchem Harutyun and Urma Khatun.
He got his primary education in Persia. When his parents saw his amazing abilities, they sent him to Antonyants monastery in Lebanon to study and to consecrate into priest. Then he left to Egypt, where Ibrahim Pasha invited him to his palace, where he took an honorable position as a court translator, advisor and clerk.
In 1828 he went to Crimea, then to Tbilisi, and finally he inhabited at Varevan village, in Akhalkalaki, where he died.
And though he died as an ordinary human being, he stayed in our hearts and souls as an immortal Ghunkianos Karnetsi singer, and so posthumous he deserved the honor of saint.
  Ghunkianos wrote in Armenian, Tajik, Persian, Arabian languages.
              Miskin Burdji(his real name is Burdj, which means “pyramid” (burg-in Armenian), from 1810 to 1847.
He was born in Old Nakhchivan. After some years he moved to Gandzak, and he inhabited there. He was skilful, he was a man of speech and he called himself a poet (“shahir”-in Armenian). He wrote down his songs in one manuscript in 1832 and, as a clerk he wrote his request not to merge his songs with others.
He was singing, dancing, and he made dolls. He shared the income with the poor. He was known as a humorous person, but he was also a gambler, which became fatal for him.
He was married but had no children. After his wife’s death he travelled with one-eyed horse. (he was one-eyed too, the name “Miskin” means “defective”).
  Miskin was buried near the gates of Askyaran fortress.
  The songs of Miskin had been published several times in different collections.
  His famous songs are: “Garunqnery”, “Eshkhitss Djunun Darats”, “Boyd Bardzr” and others.
  SHIRIN (Hovhannes Karapetyan, his father’s name was Karapet), from 1827 to 1857.
He was born at Koghb village, Yerevan state, in the family of Mahtesi Karapet and Shahxatun. At the age of two he fell ill with smallpox and lost his eyesight. His mother died of sorrow. At the age of 8-9 his father brought him to Alexandrapol to learn the skill of ashughs. He learned for three years, and his teacher was ashugh Bave, and at the same time he got skilled in playing kyamani. Then he left for Erzurum (Karin), and perfected himself with the help of famous ashugh Aspi. Here he got the degree of master and the ashough name “Shirin”. He moved to Vagharshapat with his father and settled there. Some times after he started touring, and very soon he became well-known and famous.
Following G.Akhverdian’s and G.Beroyan’s advise he dealt with self-education. The mentioned two scholars, the members of Etchmiadzin spiritual Synod, and especially the master Sargis Philiposyan (who wrote down Shirin’s songs) helped him in his way of self-education. The supreme patriarch Nerses Ashtaraketsi sponsored the blind ashugh.
Shirin got married. He had children.
Shirin is known in the ashik history not only as master-ashugh, but also as a unique singer and musician. At 50-ies he started touring again (Shushi, Shamakhi, Tbilisi, Alexandrapol, New Bayazet and other places).
Shirin  was almost 30 years old, when he got ill and died.
His Armenian songs were published in 1850 in the daily magazine “Ararat”, in “Qnar Haykakan” and in other collections in 1856, in 1891 and in 1966.
He played kyamani and saz.
  His famous songs are: “Aygepan”, “Agha Zohrab Vasilyan”, “Aknarkia” and others.
SAZAYI (Aghadjan Paroyan, his father’s name was Arakel), from 1843 to 1916.
He was born at Ghshlakh (Artsvaqar) village, in New Beyazid. His father was Arakel, and his mother was Paron, she was a quack-doctor. The absence of the schools at the village made Aghadjan to deal with self-education. He studied the art of ashough at Ddmashen village in Sevan, and his teacher was ashugh Gyuvtaru (Sargis). In 1864 he returned to the village as a master-ashugh. In 1865 he left to make performances. He worked with ashough Djivani at Saroyan’s café in Tbilisi for some time.
In 1874 he returned to his birthplace and he continued composing there till his death.
His victories among ashugh Paytsare (in 1904) and ashugh Faza (in 1906) in ashough-competitions were well-known.
In 1968 he got married. He had three sons and two daughters.
His songs were published after his death, in the following books of songs: “Sazayi Yev Yengi”, “Ov Hayastan”.
He played kyamancha.
  His famous songs are: “Sirahar Kani”, “Sokhak Arevelkic minch Arevmutq”, “Mite Chgites”and others.
  DJIVANI (Serovbe Bangoyan-Levonyan), from 1846 to 1909.
He was born at Kartsakh village, in Javakhk. His ancestors had migrated in 1828 from Basen state of High (Bardr) Hayk. He got his primary education at parish school of his birthplace. His teacher was famous ashugh Siayi. He dealt with self-education consistently. During the years living in Alexandrapol he was taught the musical literacy by Al.Araratyan.
At the age of 19 ashugh Sazayi took him from Kartsakh to Tbilisi for work.
He returned back and settled in Alexandrapol. He sang in Talo’s café.
He married the sister of ashugh Djamali (Mkrtich Salyan). Her name was Ashkhen. He had 6 children: Garegin, Paruyr, Gurgen, Araks, Hripsime and Levon.
In 1885 he was elected as the leader of Alexandrapol craft-union.
In 1895 he removed with his family to Tbilisi and he died there in 1909.
The songs of ashugh Djivani were published in different books from 1882 to 2009.
He played violin and kyamancha.
His famous songs are: “Dzakhord Orer”, “Khelki Ashetsek”, “Kankharavor Ynker”, “Azg Im”, “Yes mi Tsar Em Tsirani” and others.
ATTA (Atta Sayilyan, his father’s name was Sudjo), from 1852 to 1942.
He was born at Karashen village in Goris state. He learned the ashough art in Kharabakh, and his teacher was ashugh Hatama. He wrote in Armenian and in Turkish, and he wrote down moral and satiric songs. He sang ashough old songs and he told stories skillfully.
From 1875 to 1935 (approximately 60 years) he dealt with ashik art. He performed his songs in South Caucasus, Turkey, Persia, Iraq and Syria.
He played saz and violin.
His famous songs are: “Zoravar Andranik”, “Yntsa Havy”, “Mi Voghbergutyun”, “Nabat Khanum” and others.
MAHUBI GEVORG (Gevorg Manukyan, his father’s name was Manuk), from 1857 to 1935.
He was born at Yerindjatap village in Aparan state.
His teacher was ashugh Mahjubi. He got the degree of master from him, and also he got the ashough name “Mahubi”.
After the death of his parents he made three-stringed violin and he dealt with ashik art seriously.
He was self-educated. His victories, which took place in Alexandrapol during the ashik competition with famous ashugh Fizayi, and also in Kars with another famous singer Khrtizetsi Ohannes, were well-known.
He toured in Western Armenia, and in North Caucasus.
The book “Mahubi Gevorgi Glkhi Anckery yev Khratakan Yergery”, which had been published in Tbilisi in 1912 with the help of Yenok Khachatryan, had disappeared.
His songs were published in “Djutak” collection, in honor of ashugh’s 100th anniversary.
He played violin.
His famous songs are: “Tsnva, Yeka Ashkharh”, “Gorts Chunis”, “Hayreniq”, “Bakht” and others.
 SHERAM(Grigor Talyan, his father’s name was Karapet), from 1857 to 1938.
He was the member of the Writers’ Union of Armenia. He was born in Alexandrapol, in the family of ashughs. He passed his childhood in his father’s café of Talo, which was the point place of ashughs. His grandfather, whose name was Baghdasar, was the famous ashugh Kyamili.
Sheram learned playing the musical instruments and also to make them in his youth.
In 1879 he made the group of three members and made performances in Baku, in Yerevan, in Tbilisi, in Astrakhan, and he participated to the 1500th anniversary of Creation of Armenian Letters. In 1885 Sheram, as tar player, joined the group of Hakob Manukyan (Sheram was the best in group) and made performances in Kars, in Etchmiadzin. Very soon Grigor got the honorable name Goqor and he became respectable not only for Av. Isahakyan, but also for the people.
In 1914 H.Hovhannisyan heard his performance in Baku, and gave him the name of “Sheram” as a person who sang songs as tender as the silk was.
From 1915 to 1935 he lived and composed in Tbilisi, from 1935 he was in Yerevan. His first song: “Partizum Vard er Batsvats”, was published in 1900 in “Khagher yev Tagher” collection of Al. Mkhitaryan. Some other collections were published too: “Yergich Grigor Talyani Knary”, “Gangati Shanter”, “Ser yev Kriv”, “Anzusp Arshav”, “Sheram”, “Yerger”.
Sheram played tar.
His famous songs are: “Shorora”, “Partizum Varder Batsvats”, “Dardzi Mek Ashe”, “Zov Gisher e”, “Du Im Musan Es”, “Lre Yergd”, “Olor-Molor”, “Vard Tsanetsi”, “Kheghtch Hoviv em”, “Mi Bala e”, “Angut Datastan”, “Situn es Hogyak”.
Ashkhuyjh (Khachatur Grigoryan, his father’s name was Sukias), from 1884 to 1961.
He was the member of the Writers’ Union of Armenia.
He was born at Aragats village in Aparan. At the age of four he got ill with smallpox and he lost his eyesight. His father’s name was Sukias, who was the singer of the village, and he was also the first teacher of Khachatur. From the age of 14 he went from village to village with his father, which gave him a huge theme for writing. For some circumstances he stayed in Alexandropol for a long time, where he made friends with ashugh Djivani, and he learned a lot of things from him. He composed a lot of songs, love fairy-tails, quires.
Some collections were published: “Ashugh Ashkhuyjhi Knary”, “Djoghovrdi Yntrialnery”, “Ashughakan”, “Knar”, “Aghbyur”.
He played violin.
His famous songs are: “Surmalu”, “Ari Mek Tesnem” and others.
HAVASI (Armenak Markosyan, his father’s name was Parsam), from 1896 to 1979.
He was the member of the Writers’ and Composers’ Union of Armenia, he was the People’s Artist of Republic of Armenia.
He was born at Ayazma village, in Tsalka state, Javakheti. His ancestors had migrated from Erzurum from 1828 to 1830.  The only brother of 8 sisters Havasi got ill with the smallpox at the age of three, and he lost his eyesight. He learned the ashik art with the help of  his teacher ashugh Dovrani, and then in Akhalkalaki, at Sulda village, with the help of ashugh Tifili (Yegho Manukyan). Tifilli gave him the certificate and gave him the ashough name “Havasi”. From 1929 to 1945 he joined the famous duduk-player Samaretsi Harutyun and he started playing saz.
In 1945 he removed to Yerevan and lived there till his death.
From 1945 to 1947 he participated to republican ashik reviews, and from 1960-ies he participated to ashik reviews in Baku.
  His songs were published in different books: “Burmunq”, “Yerger”, “Im Knary”, “Hasmik” and others.
Havasi played saz, tar and tambourine(dap).
His famous songs are: “Inch, Inch Asem Yaris”, “Kolxozi Choban”, “Zur Kertas”, “Yeghniki Pes”, “Naze-naz” and others.
Dvali Mkrtich (Mkrtich Sahakyan, his father’s name was Sahak), from 1904 to 1998.
He was born at Big (Mets) Sepasar village in Shirak state. His ancestors had migrated from Molesman village, state Alashkert, Western Armenia.
He was the son of ashugh Dval Sahak. He got a primary education. He was self-educated.
In 2009 his “Kyanq te Tarapanq” autobiographic novel was published.
He had six children.
His famous songs are: “Krunkner”, “Arevshoghin”, “Nman e”, “Andranikin” and others.
  Ashot (Ashot Dadalyan, his father’s name was Hayrapet), from 1907 to 1989.
He was the member of the Writers’ and Composers’ Union of Armenia, he was the People’s Artist of Republic of Armenia.
He was born in Goris. His father was Hayrapet, and his mother’s name was Ditsuhi. He had been a shepherd in his childhood. In 1921 he finished Banerit school in Baku, but he chose the instrument kemenche as his future. In 1930-ies he took part in republican Olympiads.
Ashot lived in Goris and in Yerevan. Sometimes he used to lean against the wall of his teacher’s house and to compose. In our days there is a sign on that wall with Ashot’s name and it is called “The Wall of Gusan” (“Gusani pat”-in Armenian).
His songs were publishing from 1942 in books of songs and poems. They were: “Gusanakan Yerger”, “Gusani Sery”, “Siro Ktavner”, “Tsovastghiks” and others.
He played pipe (sring-in Armenian) and kemenche.
He was married, and he had three children.
His famous songs are: “Sarvori Yergy”, “Sari Sirun Yar”, “Odjakhum”, “Tsovastghiks” and others.
           Igitt (Gegham Martirosyan, his father’s name was Martiros), from 1908 to 1996.
He was born in Leninakan. His first teacher was his father Martiros, who was singer and played saz. His grandfather was famous ashugh Malul.
The well-known ashugh Djivani visited them very often.
An epidemic broke out in those years, and his father died.  His mother moved to Tbilisi with her three orphans.
Soon the artistic talent arose in him, and the famous producer Vardan Atchemyna noticed him, and invited him to work in dramatic theater after Mravyan in Leninakan (till 1945). In 1937 Igitt acknowledged as ashugh. He took part in folk reviews, he had his own ensemble, and he toured not only by Shirak, but also by the whole republic.
He lived and composed in his birthplace till his death.
His collection of songs named “Shirakn Im Musan” was published in 1968.
He played kyamancha.
His famous songs are: “Sayat-Nova”, “Im Yerevan”, “Hayrenikis”, “Parav Yars”, “Yet Ari Tarlans”,”Hamid Matagh” and others.
Shahen (Shahen Sargisyan, his father’s name was Eghiazar), from 1909 to 1990.
He was the People’s Artist of Republic of Armenia, he was the member of the Writers’ Union of Armenia and USSR, and also the member of Literary Fund. He got the order of ‘Badge of Honor’ in 1939.
He was born in Khnusaberd, in Khnus state, Western Armenia. He studied in Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas at classical vocal section from 1937 to 1941. He worked as a soloist in Armenian national song and dance ensemble directed by T.Altunyan from 1938 to 1941, and from 1946 to 1948 he worked in USSR national song and dance ensemble directed by I.Moiseev.
He created his ashugh-ensembles in membership of Armenian Filharmonia. They were: “Shaheni Knary”, “Yerevan”, and “Shirak” (from 1951 to 1982). He took part in republican ashugh-reviews, and form 1960-ies he took part in USSR ashugh-reviews which took place in Baku. In 1973 he deserved first price from UNESCO at “International song scaffold” festival in Almaty.
In 1982 he established his own ashugh’s school in Gyumri. In 1988 he was shot in “Gusan Shahen” music on-film (produced by professor Margarit Brutyan). He got prices at republican and international festivals, he won the first price in ashugh-competitions (in 1981, Baku).
“Gusan Hayastani” collection was published in 2006, “Antsa-Gnatsi” book of songs and poems was published in 2009, “Shaheni Hushamatyany” (autobiographical-notebook) was published in 2011.
He was married, and he had eight children.
He played kanon.
His famous songs are: “Sasna Tshur”, “Tukh Mazerud”, “Antsa-Gnatsi”, “Khrovatsh er”, “Zephyuri Nman” and others.
Bagrat (Bagrat Avetisyan, his father’s name was Movses), from 1915 to 1986.
He was born at Tchartar village in Nagorno-Karabakh. In 30-ies he appeared in Leninakan orphanage, where he wrote his famous song “Deronts Tshorumy”, which met great approval. Filled with enthusiasm he continued writing songs as “Sraktory”, “Bambak”, “Hoktember”. In 1936 he returned to Yerevan, and he started touring by Armenian villages and states by permission of creative folk house. From 1946 he took part in pan-Armenian reviews.
He was appreciated by such highly merited persons of Armenian art as Garegin Levonyan and Mushegh Aghayan. In 1968 the book of songs and poems of ashugh Bagrat named “Manushakner” was published.
He played tar and mandolin.
His famous songs are: “Bjhishk Dekh Dir Verkis”, “Sayat-Nova”, “Ynkeratsu”, “Arev es Du Indz Hamar” and others.
Tsovyan (Gurgen Tsovyan, his father’s name was Arshak), from 1916 to 1987.
He was born at Sevqar village, in Ijevan state. He was born in the family of workmen.
He got his primary education at village school for seven years, then from 1932 to 1933 he studied in performing art studio after V.Vardanyan in Yerevan. From 1935 to 1938 he studied in Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas at eastern music section.
In 1945 the ashugh degree was given to Tsovyan. From 1959 to 1951 he worked as tar-player and singer in folk song honored ensemble after “Sayat-Nova”. In 1957 he created his own ashigh’s group and made concert tours.
His book of songs and poems “Tsovyann em Sevqaretsi” (which consists of 50 songs), was published in 2001 after his death by his sons own initiative.
He played kemenche.
His famous songs are: “Hay Aghjik”, “Vorn e Im Meghky Yar Djan”, “Sev Kary” and others.
Hayrik Ghazaryan (Hayrik Ghazaryan, his father’s name was Sirakan), from 1922 to 1995.
He was born at Dzoragyukh village, in Gegharkunik state.
His grandfathers had migrated from village Chlkani, which was situated in Alashkert state in Western Armenia, from 1828 to 1830. He graduated from Teachers College and from Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan. He worked as a teacher of Armenian language and literature at the secondary school of his native village.
He had been composing from his youth.
He published the book of songs and poems named “Msho Havqer” in 1991.
The Armenian television shot a film, which was dedicated to him (in 1990).
He had seven children.
His famous songs are: “Mshi Aghjik”, “Andranik Pasha”, “Msho Havqer”, “Hayoc Aghunak”, “Inch Lur es Berel”, “Imacir” and others.
     Kochar (Kochar Kocharyan, his father’s name was Beglar)
He was born at Horbadir village, in Vayots Dzor state, in 1927. He studied at Gevorgyan seminary of Echmiadzin from 1946 to 1949. He also studied at veterinary and cattle-breeding college of Yerevan.
He has been composing from his youth.
He has six children.
His famous songs are: “Ingo”, “Harsanekan” and others.
Hezik (Zaruhi Yeprikyan, her father’s name was Samvel).
She was born at Ghaurma village, in Ninotsminda (Bogdanovka) state, in 1934.
She studied at industrial college of Tbilisi.
She has been composing from 1963.
Her songs were published in numerous magazines and journals.
She was consecrated and took the ashugh-master degree in 2004.
She is married, and she has four children.
Her famous songs are: “Aghotvats Karapner”, “Yerevan”, “Kapuyt Yerkinq” and others.
Mekhak (Mekhak Tadevosyan, his father’s name was  Rushan)
He was born at Garni village, Kotayk state, in 1934.
In 1940 he moved to Byuravan village in Ararat state, and he got there his secondary education.
After finishing the school, he started working at the same village as the headmaster of village club, and in 1950 he worked as the director of cultural house. Now he is the director of his own ensemble in the cultural house of the village.
In 1982 he was consecrated as ashugh by ashughs-masters Shahen and Ashot.
He is married. He has six daughters.
He plays tambourine (dap-in Armenian).
His famous songs are: “Khachkarer”, “Parir-Parir”, “Aygepan Aghjhik” and others.
Kaghni (Emma Badalyan, her father’s name was Abgar).
She was born at Aygezard village, in Artashat state, in 1935. She got philological and medical education. Armenian Academy of Sciences published her “Kaghakatsiakan Krivnery 1917-1921 Ghamarlui Shrjanum” reference book-manuscript. She participated to pan-Armenian rewarding ceremony after Sayat-Nova with her song “Heros Monte”, which had been dedicated to heroic battles of Artsakh. She studied ashugh’s versification at ashugh-school after Djivani.
She was consecrated and got the ashugh-master degree in 2003.
In 2005 her book “Siron Kaghni” was published. In 2011 her book “Tsanatss Luys e Tchshmartutyuny Serm” was published.
Her famous songs are: “Sirus Manana”, “Im Artashat”, “Heros Monte” and others.
Andranik Udjantsi (Andranik Ghazaryan, his father’s name was Sedrak), from 1937 to 2012.
He was born at Udjan village, in Aragatsotn state. He got secondary education. In 1982 he and his brothers ashugh Anush and ashugh Arevshat were consecrated by ashugh Shahen as ashugh-masters. Those three ashughs established their own ensemble, and they had performances at Armenian villages, as well as in Armenian communities in the territory of USSR.
In 2005 his “Yergaran” was published.
He had two sons.
He played kemenche and kemeni.
His famous songs are: “Im Perin”, “Erebuni-Yerevan” and others.
Berd (Jora Gasparyan, his father’s name was Zohrap).
He was born at Tsaghkasar village, in Aragatsotn state. His ancestors had migrated from Derka village, in Manazkert. He was descended from the family of famous fidayi (devotee, fighter) Derktsi Darman.
He inhabited in Armavir from 1960. He was a shop superintendant of Armavir brandy factory, he was in correspondence with state and republican magazines.
He worked in state committee in different posts from 1947 to 1992.
He worked in boarding school N15 as a headmaster from 1992 to 2003.
He studied ashugh’s versification at ashugh’s school after Djivani.
He was consecrated and got the degree of ashugh-master in 2004.
He has more than five hundred songs.
He published the collection of poems and songs “Hogevor Manana” in 2008.
His famous songs are: “Kapuyt Achqer”, “Herik e Tanjes”, “Im Surb Hayrenik” and others.
Onik (Onik Mkrtchyan, his father’s name was Israel)
He was born at Geghashen village, in Kotayk state.
He got secondary professional education. He learned to play kemenche by himself and he sang at self-employed group of cultural house. He toured by different cities of USSR with the ensemble. He learned ashugh’s versification from gusan Razmik. In 2004 he was consecrated and got the degree of ashugh-master.
In 2011 his collection “Ashughi Knachov” was published.
He became the member of the ensemble “Hay Ashughner” of the cultural committee after “Sayat-Nova” in 1998.
He has four children.
His famous songs are: “Sayat-Nova”, “Sayat-Nova Ashughakan Hamuyty” and others.
Zulal (Vaghinak Mnatsakanyan, his father’s name was Norayr)
He was born at Verin Getashen village, in Gegharkunik state. He was graduated from the urban-machinery college of Yerevan.
He is the member of Writers’ Union of Armenia.
His poems were published in republican periodicals for many times.
In 1981 his collection of poems for children named “Garnan Achqer” was published, in 2002 his collection of poems for children named “Tsur Taty” was published, and in 2012 his collection of poems for children named “Tevikner” was published.
He learned ashugh’s versification at ashugh’s school after Djivani.
He is married, and he has three sons.
His famous songs are: “Msho Aghjik Kele”, “Yergogh Trchunn Urish e”, “Vordu Sery” and others.
Leyli (Leyli Yeprikyan, his father’s name was Samvel)
She was born at Ghaurma village of Ninotsminda (Bodganovka) state, in Georgian Republic. She finished the secondary school of the village, and she studied at Pedagogical institution in Kirovakan. She worked as a song teacher at the school of her native village.
She has been composing from her youth.
She learned the ashugh’s versification at ashugh’s school after Djivani.
In 2003 she was consecrated and got the degree of ashugh-master.
In 2004 her first book named “Karoti Tevov” was published. In 2009 her collection “Khas Baghi Mej” was published.
She has six children.
She plays tambourine (dap-in Armenian).
Her famous songs are: “Khas Baghi Mej”, “Ov Bakht Anardar”, “Ari Gharib Djan”, “Yeghnik Yar”, “Nairuhi” and others.
Apa (Jora Shekyan, his father’s name was Avetis)
He was born at Chldran village in Martakert state, in Nagorno-Karabakh.
He graduated from Hidromelorativ institute in Yerevan, getting the specialty of cartographer and geodesist.
He has been composing from his youth. But he started writing songs in maturity.
His poems were published in “Avandart” newspaper.
He specialized in the theory of ashugh’s art at ashugh’s school after Djivani.
He was consecrated and got the degree of ashugh-master in 2003.
In 2003 his “Zarmank es Ashkharh” collection was published.
He is married, and he has two children.
His famous songs are: “Artsakhi Artsiv”, “Tchanachir” and others.
Yeraz Margaretsi (Emma Hovhannisyan, her father’s name was Hayk)
She was born at Margara village, in Armavir state. She was graduated from the institute of food industry in Yerevan, and she passed nursing courses, and engaged in nursing for many years.
She was consecrated and got the degree of ashugh-master in 2005.
She was published repeatedly in republican periodicals. She learned ashugh’s versification at ashugh’s school after Djivani.
Her famous songs are: “Ampel e Yerkinky”, “Hayots Tsaghik”, “Arev Dardzir”, “Ororir” and others.
Pargev Tiflisetsi (Sargis Hakobyan, his father’s name was Andrey)
He was born in Tbilisi, in Republic of Georgia. He got his secondary education at Armenian school N95 in Tbilisi. He has been composing since 2002.
He learned ashugh’s versification at ashugh’s school after Djivani.
He is married, and he has two children.
His famous songs are: “Sirun Aghjik”, “Esor Kuzem” and others.
Almast (Zemfira Militonyan, her father’s name was Hovhannes)
She was born in Yerevan in 1948. She was the devotee of battles in Artsakh.
She was awarded with the medals such as “Vazgen Sargsyan”, “Martakan Tsarayutyun”, “HH Zinvats Ujer-20” by the Ministry of Defence of Republic of Armenia, and she was also awarded with the medals such as “Mayrakan Yerakhtagitutyun” , “Martakan Gortsoghutyun” and “Yerkrapah” by the Army of Defence of Republic of Artsakh, and with the medal of “Veratsnvats Arabkir” by Arabkir Committee. She was rewarded with a golden medal from the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Armenia for her 60th anniversary.
In 2002 she participated to the ceremony after “Sayat-Nova” with her song “Ashughner”, and she got the third prize.
She was consecrated and got the degree of ashugh-master in 2005.
She is the founder and the artistic director of the ensemble of ashugh’s national instruments named “Almast”. She is the founder and the director of cultural unities named “Almast” and “Bazmazavak Mayrer”.
In 2008 the book of songs and poems “Hay Yergi Kanch” of ashugh Almast was published.
She is married, and she has two sons.
Her famous songs are: “Ashughner”, “Gitem Kgas”, “Tsov es, Tsov es” and others.
Aliq-Djavakhk (Alik Kspoyan, his father’s name was Margar)
He was born at Djigrashen village, in Ninotsminda (Bogdanovka) state, in Republic of Georgia.
He was graduated from the historical and philological section of Pedagogical Institute of Blagoveshchensk (Bogdanovka).
He has been working as the director of the cultural house of Akhlkalak since 1989, as well as the director of the section of the ashugh’s school after Djivani.
He is married, and he has two children.
His famous songs are: “Im Akhlkalak”, “Arajin Ser”, “Djavakhk” and others.