The Launch of the International Francophonie Days Announced at ASPU

Today, a series of events within the framework of the International Francophonie Days were launched with the hymns of Armenia and France at the hall of the Faculty of Culture of the Pedagogical University.

Among those present at the solemn opening ceremony were the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Lebanon in RA Jean Maccaron, the Advisor of Cultural and Cooperation Affairs of the Embassy of France in Armenia Jean –Michelle Gasparyan, the ASPU Rector Rouben Mirzakhanyan, together with lecturers and students.

This year, the International Francophonie Days at the Pedagogical were marked with the introduction of Armenian culture. On the initiative of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, the Department of Romanic Languages the French translation of the poem “Abu-Lala Mahary” of the eminent Armenian writer Avetik Isahakyan was staged in a performance format.

“Even though, the poem is full of sad and dark episodes, it still has world significance and refers to the whole mankind’s history; it teaches to win difficult situations and disappointments, to find strength and to move forward to the Sun, life and eternity,” the Head of the Department of Romanic Languages Ms. Donara Ghazaryan mentioned in the beginning of the event.

Episodes raising the philosophy and mankind issues, poetry, generalizations and conclusions- all these in French and seasoned with the most Armenian works of Komitas, such as the “Krunk”, “Kilikia”, “Dle Yaman”, “Siretsi, Yars Taran”.

The Advisor of Cultural and Cooperation Affairs of the Embassy of France in Armenia Jean –Michelle Gasparyan expressed his delight first in Armenian, and then passed to his native language and mentioned, “It is difficult for me to add something, but one thing I know for sure all this must be recorded and must find its unique place in the French University of Paris”.

What is more the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Lebanon in RA Jean Maccaron, also could not hide his delight. He had read the great poem when he was still young, at the age of 17, preparing for a scientific report.

At that very moment the Ambassador asked himself a question- who was the greatest poet of Baghdat- a writer or a philosopher; and he realized that he was both at the same time.

“Very often I found similarities between the Abu –Lala Mahary and myself; we are both pessimistic, but I have also realized that people like us truly perceive the reality.”

Moreover, remembering the questions in the poem ‘What is Love, Glory, and Life? The Ambassador called to simply glorify the God, to live in love and praise the life.

“And the blazing hair of the beautiful Sun streamed far in the heavens above his head. And clothed in purple all broidered with gold Abu Mahari, the Poet sublime, Triumphantly flew through the fields of space victorious and great till the End of Time”, the students of the Faculty of Culture, Department of Choreography complemented the performance by directing the audience up to the Sun.