YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A monument to the great Armenian poet Vahan Terian was unveiled in Yerevan on February 9–the 115th birthday anniversary of the poet.
The monument to the author of the lines "Am I really the last poet?" was well-placed in the ring of the capital’s public garden amidst the monumen’s to Charents and Isahakian. The event marked by artists–cultural workers–Terian poetry lovers and his relatives was perhaps a little late but was a success.
Stressing the high merits of the sculpture–the poet’s gran’son–Grigor Emin-Terian–said that the creation of the public garden in Yerevan immortalizing the name of Terian had been the dream of his mother–Nvard Terian.
The author of the sculpture–Norayr Karganian–remarked it was 15 years ago that he won the competition for the creation of a monument to Vahan Terian scheduled to coincide with the 100th birthday anniversary of the poet.
He began work but had to suspend it for lack of funds. It was not until recently that the sculpture was finished due to the assistance rendered by Yerevan’s Municipality and the "Mighty Motherland" party.
Speeches during the opening ceremony were made by Chairman of the Union of Writers–Hrant Matevossian–and Yerevan’s Vice Mayor–Chairman of the "Mighty Motherland" party Vardan Vardapetian. The regal words of Terian were voiced by People’s Artist Vladimir Abajian–Azat Gasparian–and other artists and singers.