Artsakh (song)

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Single 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 1999 instrumental folk song composed by Armenian composer Ara Gevorgyan. The song has been popular in Armenia since it was released. "Artsakh" is widely used in cultural, sports and political[2] events and occasions and by figure skaters and gymnasts around the world. It is also in the video game EA Sports MMA.[citation needed]


Artsakh was one of the 15 provinces of the ancient Kingdom of Armenia.[3] Today, the region is more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh. A bloody ethnic conflict took place there in 1988-1994, as a result of which Armenian forces took over the region. The war is seen by Armenians as a liberation of historical lands, while Azerbaijanis consider it as an occupation of their territory.

Usage in sports[edit]

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

Year Athlete Sport Event(s)
2001–2002 Russia Alexander Abt Figure skating all season long, incl. 2002 Winter Olympics[4]
2005–2006 Georgia (country) Elene Gedevanishvili Figure skating all season long, incl. 2006 Winter Olympics[5]
2007 Azerbaijan Dinara Gimatova Gymnastics [6][7]
2007-2008 Armenia Vazgen Azrojan
ArmeniaAnastasia Grebenkina
Figure skating Original dance[8]
2008 Kazakhstan Aliya Yussupova Gymnastics [9]
2009 Israel Holon Israel Figure skating [10]
2010 China Dou Baobao Gymnastics 2010 Corbeil-Essonnes International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament[11]
2010 Poland Marta Koczkowska Gymnastics 2009 Corbeil-Essonnes International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament[12]
2010 Italy Giorgio Petrosyan Kickboxing entrance song[13]
2011-2012 Russia Sergei Voronov Figure skating Short Program of Season 2011/2012[14]
2013 Canada Victoria Moors Gymnastics 2013 AT&T American Cup[15]
N/A Australia Vic Darchinyan Boxing entrance song
N/A Netherlands Gegard Mousasi Kickboxing entrance song[16]


In 2007, the Azerbaijani ambassador in Russia, former singer Polad Bülbüloğlu stated that the Ara Gevorgyan's "Artsakh" is of Azerbaijani origin. Ara Georgyan later explained it is a result of confusion from an incident that happened during Russian TV show called "Ice Age" broadcast by the Channel One, when Russian singer Aleksandra Savaleva and an Israeli ice dancer Sergei Sakhnovski did a figure skating performance. It was first announced that the music they were going to use was called "Armenian dance" by Ara Gevorgyan, but instead a song called "Sene de galmaz" by an Azerbaijani composer Tofig Guliyev was played and only after that a small portion of "Artsakh" was played.[18] Ara Gevorgyan also said that Azerbaijanis tried to justify the fact that Dinara Gimatova used his music without his permission in a grand-prix in Minsk in 2005.[19]


  1. ^ "Ani". Ara Gevorgyan Website. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Video of Raffi Hovannisian's rally on YouTube during the 2013 Armenian presidential election protests. "Artsakh" can be heard.
  3. ^ Croissant, Michael P. (1998). The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Causes and Implications. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger. p. 10. ISBN 9780275962418. 
  4. ^ Alexander Abt 2002 Olympics SP on YouTube
  5. ^ Elene Gedevanishvili & Ara Gevorkyan - Artsakh on YouTube
  6. ^ Dinara Gimatova Ribbon AA Deriugina Cup 2007 on YouTube
  7. ^ Dinara Gimatova Ribbon 2007 Miss Valentine on YouTube
  8. ^ "Anastasia GREBENKINA / Vazgen AZROJAN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. 
  9. ^ Aliya Yussupova Music Ribbon 2008 (Exact Version) on YouTube
  10. ^ Holon Israel - Armenian Dance on YouTube
  11. ^ DOU Baobao ribbon - Corbeil 2010 AA on YouTube
  12. ^ Marta KOCZKOWSKA rope - Corbeil 2009 AA on YouTube
  13. ^ Albert Kraus vs Giorgio Petrosyan - Entrance K-1 MAX 2010 FINAL on YouTube
  14. ^ "Sergei VORONOV: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Victoria Moors - Floor Exercise - 2013 AT&T American Cup". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Giorgio Petrosyan [Artsakh Gegard Mousasi HD] on YouTube
  17. ^ Фигурное катание on YouTube
  18. ^ (Armenian) "Հարցազրույց Արա Գևորգյանի հետ". 2 February 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  19. ^ (Russian) "В "Ледниковом периоде" прозвучала и азербайджанская и армянская композиции". 30 December 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2013.