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Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Paruyr Sevak: A Century of Armenian Literary Legacy

Updated: Jan 25

Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Paruyr Sevak:: A Century of Armenian Literary Legacy

Today, on January 24, we commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of the distinguished Armenian poet, Paruyr Sevak. Born as Paruyr Ghazaryan in the village of Chanakhchi (now Zangakatun), Soviet Armenia, on this day in 1924, Sevak's life and literary contributions have left an indelible mark on Armenian literature and culture.

Early Life and Education:

Paruyr Sevak's journey began in the humble village school where he received his early education. In 1940, he embarked on a new chapter by moving to Yerevan to pursue studies at the philological faculty of Yerevan State University, completing his graduation in 1945. The same year marked the commencement of his postgraduate studies in Armenian literature at the Academy of Sciences Abeghyan Institute of Literature. Eager to broaden his horizons, Sevak traveled to Moscow in 1951 to study at the Gorky Institute of World Literature, where he later served as a professor of translation from 1957 to 1959.

Adoption of Pen Name and Literary Career:

Inspired by the Western Armenian poet Ruben Sevak, Paruyr Ghazaryan adopted the pen name Paruyr Sevak. Returning to Yerevan in 1960, he continued his prolific literary, scientific, and public career. Joining the Abeghyan Institute of Literature as a scientific researcher, Sevak's impact was felt as he served as the secretary on the Board of the Writers Union of Armenia from 1966 to 1971.

Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Paruyr Sevak: A Century of Armenian Literary Legacy

[Rupen Chilingiryan (Sevak) was an Armenian poet, prose-writer, and doctor. He was sent to a concentration camp along with Siamanto and Daniel Varoujan on April 24, 1915 during the Armenian Genocide and killed on August 26, 1915 by Ottoman Turks (modern day Turkey)].

Academic Achievements and Political Engagement:

In 1967, Sevak achieved the prestigious title of Doctor of Philology after successfully defending his dissertation. A year later, he was elected to the Supreme Council of the Armenian SSR in 1968, showcasing his influence not only in literature but also in the political arena.

Tragic End and Controversial Legacy:

The brilliant journey of Paruyr Sevak met a tragic end on June 17, 1971, in a fatal car crash while returning to Yerevan. His outspoken criticism of the corruption within the Soviet establishment has led many Armenians to believe that his death was orchestrated by the Soviet government. The loss extended to his wife, Nelly Menagharishvili, who also perished in the accident. Today, Paruyr Sevak's home in Zangakatun stands as a museum, open to all, where he is buried in the backyard.

Notable Works and Literary Influence:

Sevak's literary legacy is characterized by profound works such as "Immortals Command," "Uncompromising Intimacy," "Love's Road," "Let There Be Light," and "Your Acquaintances." These pieces continue to resonate with readers, reflecting the depth of his understanding of human emotions and societal dynamics.


As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Paruyr Sevak, let us reflect on the enduring impact of his literary contributions and remember the poet who courageously voiced his critiques, leaving an indomitable legacy in Armenian literature. Paruyr Sevak's words continue to echo through the pages of history, inspiring generations to come.


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