Karnig Sarkissian

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Karnig Sarkissian
Karnig Sarkissian performing in Aleppo, Syria. 11 December 2015.jpg
Karnig Sarkissian performing in Aleppo, Syria, December 2015
Background information
Born Aleppo, Syria
Origin Syrian-Armenian
Genres patriotic songs
Occupation(s) Singer

Karnig Sarkissian (Armenian: Գառնիկ Սարգիսեան), is a popular Armenian singer born in Aleppo, Syria, and a naturalized American citizen. He is well known for his Armenian patriotic songs throughout the Armenian diaspora and a big supporter of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF).


In 1982, Sarkissian was convicted in taking part in a plot to bomb the Philadelphia Turkish Consulate.[1] A resident of Anaheim, California at the time, his accomplices according to the courts were Viken Vasken Yacoubian of Glendale; Vicken Archavir Sarkissian Hovsepian, of Santa Monica; Dikran Sarkis Berberian, of Glendale and Steven John Dadaian, of Canoga Park, California and lisbon 5. They were accused of being members of Justice Commandos Armenian Genocide (JCAG).[2]

His prison sentence was cut short.[3][4] After release from prison, Karnig Sarkissian resumed his artistic activity and is a popular singer in the Armenian diaspora.




  • Housher (double album, 2009)[6]
  • Lisbon Five1989
  • Meghavore Tashnagtsutyun1995
  • Ezkush Kordzir Hayasdanum1996
  • Ver Gats Joghovourt 1997
  • Gharapaghi Engadznerin 1993
  • Hayots Mardigner 1985
  • Heghapokhagan Yerker 1977



  • Arjani (duet with Sevak Amroyan, produced by DerHova, 2017)[7]


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