It was organized by “Lusine Zakarian” Facebook page staff. Guests of the event were distinguished ensembles, Yerevan Chamber Choir, “Hover” Chamber Choir, Honored Artist of Armenia Silva Yuzbashyan, as well as young performers from Anna Mayilyan’s Vocal Art Center.
Memorial evening was conducted by the RA Honored Artist Sargis Najaryan. The venue for this event was provided by the RA Ministry of Culture and YSU had assisted it in providing appropriate equipment, videos and photos from its archive. Participants of the event received Lida Gevorgyan’s book “Lusine” as a gift.
Khoren Palyan was born in 1935 in the Lebanese city of Tripoli. In 1946 he moved to Armenia. After graduating from secondary school he studied at the Theological Seminary. In 1955 he was ordained a deacon at the Holy See. In 1961 he was ordained as priest by Catholicos of All Armenians Vazgen I. He has held responsible positions in Etchmiadzin. In 1965 he left the religious arena and married wit spiritual singer Lusine Zakaryan.
In 1965-68 he studied at the Faculty of Philology of Yerevan State University and then was appointed at the Chair of the Armenian Language as a lecturer, teaching history of Armenian language and grabar (old Armenian language. In 1995-2005 he delivered lectures at the Faculty of Theology. For 15 years he conducted the chorus “Tohmik” at the Faculty of Philology.
He is the coauthor of the children’s Christian encyclopedia and the book “Selection of Classic Grabar”, as well as the author of other works. In 2006 he was elected the member of the Armenian branch of the International Academy of Nature and Social Sciences. He is the recipient of the medal of Catholicos of All Armenians “Saint Nerses Shnorhaly”.
Lusine Zakaryan was born in 1937 in Akhaltskha, Georgia. In 1952 she moved to Yerevan. In 1957, she entered the Vocal Department of Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas, where her talent was noticed. In 1970-83 she worked as a soloist at Armenian National Television and Radio Symphonic Orchestra. She also performed with the Armenian Apostolic Church Choir in Echmiadzin.
She has performed opera, as well as Armenian folk and spiritual music. In Soviet times, when many musical styles, as well as spiritual music were banned she had enough courage to bring the spiritual music to the stage. In 1972 she was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the USSR. She died in 1992 in Yerevan and is buried in the cemetery of Saint Gayane Church in Etchmiadzin.