YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Prominent Armenian singer Hovanes Badalian passed away on August 19 at the age of 77. Badalian was born in 1924 in the Iranian village of Shavari. His family repatriated to Armenia after the end of World War II. He sang Armenian folk music for more than half a century.
There were no Armenia’s anywhere in the world that did not enjoy the art of Hovanes Badalian. Badalian was also a splendid teacher having trained numerous of singers who now teach at the Yerevan Conservatory.
"We lost a great artist. He was the father of Armenian folk songs. We lost very honest man. I am shocked," said Armenian composer Vardan Ajemian.
President Robert Kocharian send his condolences to Badalian’s family Monday.
The special government commission–headed by Minister of Culture Roland Sharoyan will organize Hovaness Badalian’s funeral.