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Adiss Harmandian (in Western Armenian: Ատիս Հարմանտեան; in Eastern Armenian Ադիս Հարմանդյան 14 January 1945 – 1 September 2019)[1] was a Lebanese-Armenian pop singer.

He was born Avedis Harmandian on 14 January 1945 in Beirut, Lebanon from Armenian genocide survivours. His stage name Adiss is a derivative of his given name. His career began in the 1960s, and his first single was the song "Dzaghigner" (Armenian: Ծաղիկներ), which quickly gained popularity among Lebanese and diaspora Armenians.[2][3] Harmandian is considered a pioneer of the estradayin genre of Armenian music.[4] Songs in the genre, such as Harmandian's own "Nouné" (Armenian: Նունէ) or "Karoun Karoun" (Armenian: Գարուն գարուն) are primarily sung in Armenian, and were influential in the formation of Armenian identity in Lebanon, the Middle East and throughout the Armenian diaspora.[2] Other famous songs by Harmandian include "Ayl Atcher" (Armenian: Այլ աչեր), "Djeyrani Bes" (Armenian: Ճէյրանի Պէս), "Akhtamar" (Armenian: Ախթամար), "Mdamolor", "Kisher e Kisher", Inch Imanayi" (Armenian: Ինչ Իմանայի) etc.

Harmandian has released over 40 albums and around 400 songs and has received numerous awards,[5][6] both abroad and in the Republic of Armenia.[3] During the Lebanese Civil War, Harmandian emigrated to the United States and resided in Los Angeles, CA.[7]

He died on 1 September 2019 at the age of 74 in UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica,[8] after a long 15-year fight with cancer.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sharoyan, Levon. "«Ատիս. Երգի ճամբով»". Hairenik Weekly Newspaper. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Alajaji, Sylvia Angelique (2015). Music and the Armenian Diaspora: Searching for Home in Exile. Indiana University Press. p. 118-127. ISBN 0253017610. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan awards Diaspora Armenian singer Adiss Harmandian". Panorama.am. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Adiss Harmandian - NTS Live". NTS Radio. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Legendary Adiss Harmandian to entertain Sydney for Mayis 28". ArmeniaOnline. Armenia Media Inc. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Adiss Harmandian". Armenia Zone. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  7. ^ Dorian, Frederick; Duane, Orla; McConnachie, James (1999). World Music: Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Rough Guides. p. 335. ISBN 9781858286358. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ Adiss Harmandian 1945-2019

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