EVN WALKS: A Linguist in Yerevan

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A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is linguist Rafik Santrosyan.

Glossary of Terms


Tzhvzhik  - A traditional Armenian dish made from beef liver and onions. 

Michael Avgustovich Ernst von der Nonne (1838-1919) - Colonel, the head architect of Yerevan, known as the Yerevan province in the 19th century. Architect of several buildings in Yerevan. 

Kara Bala (Stepan Harutyunyan, 1900-1970) - A flower seller in Yerevan in the 20th century, one of the symbols of Yerevan. According to legend, he was in love with actress Arus Voskanyan and one day he got in a fight with a man who was following her. Kara Bala ended up killing him and was jailed. He stayed in the same prison cell with poet Yeghishe Charents who dedicated a poem to Kara Bala. After being released from prison, Kara Bala found his garden destroyed and his family gone. He continued selling and giving away flowers until his death. His statue is located on Abovyan Street and passersby sometimes place flowers in his basket. 

Rafael Israelyan (1908-1973) - An Armenian architect. Among his famous works are Union of Artists of Armenia (1956), the Sardarapat Memorial (1968), Ararat Wine Factory (1937–1961) and many others. 


Music used in the podcast:
Anthem of Armenian SSR, composed by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978), lyrics by  writer Sarmen (1901-1984) in 1944. 
Tigran Hamasyan - The Poet
Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.

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