Artsakh (song)

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"Artsakh"
Song by Ara Gevorgyan from the album Ani
Released 1999 (1999)[1]
Genre Instrumental folk
Length 05:35
Label Eye Records
External audio
Full version of Artsakh in Ara Gevorgyan's website

"Artsakh" (Armenian: «Արցախ») is a instrumental folk song from Armenian contemporary composer Ara Gevorgyan's 1999 album Ani. The song has become wildly popular in Armenia.[2][3] Over the years, it has used been in cultural and political[4] events and occasions. Figure skaters, gymnasts, and other athletes around the world have also used the song.

Name[edit]

Artsakh was one of the 15 provinces of the ancient Kingdom of Armenia.[5] Today, the term "Artsakh" is used by Armenians to refer to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The region, largely populated by Armenians, was taken over by the Armenian forces during the bloody war with Azerbaijan in 1988-94. The war is seen by Armenians as liberation of their historic lands and the song is a tribute to the Armenian military victory.

Usage in sports[edit]

Parts of "Artsakh" have been used in sports, including:

Year Athlete Country Sport Event(s) Ref
2001–02 Alexander Abt  Russia Figure skating All season long, including at the 2002 Winter Olympics [6]
2005–06 Elene Gedevanishvili  Georgia Figure skating All season long, including at the 2006 Winter Olympics [7]
2007 Dinara Gimatova  Azerbaijan Gymnastics [8][9][10]
2007-08 Vazgen Azrojan
Anastasia Grebenkina
 Armenia Figure skating Original dance [11]
2008 Aliya Yussupova  Kazakhstan Gymnastics [12]
2009 Holon Israel  Israel Figure skating [13]
2009 Vic Darchinyan  Australia Boxing Entrance song [14]
2010 Dou Baobao  China Gymnastics 2010 Corbeil-Essonnes International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament [15]
2010 Marta Koczkowska  Poland Gymnastics 2009 Corbeil-Essonnes International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament [16]
2010 Giorgio Petrosyan  Italy Kickboxing Entrance song [17]
2013 Victoria Moors  Canada Gymnastics 2013 AT&T American Cup [18]
2013 Gegard Mousasi  Netherlands Kickboxing Entrance song [19]
2014 Susianna Kentikian  Germany Boxing Entrance song [20]
Other

Controversy[edit]

In 2007 Azerbaijani ambassador in Russia and former singer Polad Bülbüloğlu alleged that "Artsakh" contains an Azerbaijani song. Ara Georgyan responded that Bülbüloğlu's statements were a result of confusion from an incident that occurred during one of the episodes of the Russian TV show "Ice Age" broadcast by Channel One. During the performance of Russian singer Aleksandra Savaleva (ru) and Israeli ice dancer Sergei Sakhnovski, it was initially announced that the song they were going to use was called "Armenian dance" by Ara Gevorgyan, but instead a song called "Sene de galmaz" by Azerbaijani composer Tofig Guliyev was played and only after that a small portion of "Artsakh" was played.[22] Ara Gevorgyan suggested that Azerbaijanis tried to justify Dinara Gimatova's use of the song without his permission in a 2005 grand-prix.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ani". Ara Gevorgyan Website. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Գիլանն առաջարկ է արել Արա Գևորգյանին" (in Armenian). A1plus. 23 May 2012. Այսուհետ կոմպոզիտորի հանրահայտ «Արցախ» ստեղծագործությունը.... 
  3. ^ "Հայաստանի շունչը՝ Ռուսաստանում". Aravot (in Armenian). 23 March 2007. ...«Արցախ» հանրահայտ կոմպոզիցիան: 
  4. ^ Examples of political events (rallies, demonstrations) where "Artsakh" can be heard:
  5. ^ Croissant, Michael P. (1998). The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Causes and Implications. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger. p. 10. ISBN 9780275962418. 
  6. ^ Alexander Abt 2002 Olympics SP on YouTube
  7. ^ Elene Gedevanishvili & Ara Gevorkyan - Artsakh on YouTube
  8. ^ "Ара Геворкян подаст в суд" (in Russian) (187). Kommersant via Golos Armenii. 12 October 2007. ...выступления своей спортсменки Динары Гематовой на соревнованиях по художественной гимнастике в Минске под музыку Ары Геворкяна "Арцах". 
  9. ^ Dinara Gimatova Ribbon AA Deriugina Cup 2007 on YouTube
  10. ^ Dinara Gimatova Ribbon 2007 Miss Valentine on YouTube
  11. ^ "Anastasia GREBENKINA / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. 
  12. ^ Aliya Yussupova Music Ribbon 2008 (Exact Version) on YouTube
  13. ^ Holon Israel - Armenian Dance on YouTube
  14. ^ "Դարչինյան-Ագբեկո մարտը՝ Ջեքսոնի երգերի ուղեկցությամբ". Aravot (in Armenian). 7 July 2009. ...Վախթանգ Դարչինյանը, որը, ինչպես հայտնի է, ավանդաբար ռինգ է մտնում Արա Գեւորգյանի «Արցախ» ստեղծագործության երաժշտության հնչյունների ներքո: 
  15. ^ DOU Baobao ribbon - Corbeil 2010 AA on YouTube
  16. ^ Marta KOCZKOWSKA rope - Corbeil 2009 AA on YouTube
  17. ^ Albert Kraus vs Giorgio Petrosyan - Entrance K-1 MAX 2010 FINAL on YouTube
  18. ^ "Victoria Moors - Floor Exercise - 2013 AT&T American Cup". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Giorgio Petrosyan [Artsakh Gegard Mousasi HD] on YouTube
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mnt1iI-2w8
  21. ^ Фигурное катание on YouTube
  22. ^ Հարցազրույց Արա Գևորգյանի հետ (in Armenian). Tert.am. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  23. ^ В "Ледниковом периоде" прозвучала и азербайджанская и армянская композиции (in Russian). News.az. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2013.