On March 13, 2013, Armenians are marking the 116th anniversary of renowned Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents. Pupils from Yerevan schools, literary critics, poets and prominent cultural figures today visited the memorial to the great writer.
Every year on this day we gather here to congratulate the birthday of the most untranslatable and the most spiritual poet and genius which will always remain alive for us, said Lilit Hakobyan, director of Charents museum in Yerevan.
"Charents was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century who shared with his people all sufferings and hardships, falls and delights," said Levon Ananyan, President of the Writers' Union of Armenia.
"Yeghishe Charents has gifted many beautiful poems to Armenians. We should be proud of him and return him everything. I like his "Yes Im Anush Hayastani" (To My Sweet Armenia) most of all," said pupil Armen Barseghyan.
Yeghishe Charents was born in Kars in 1897. The outstanding poet of the twentieth century fell victim to Stalinist repression.