Mousadaghian- Writers

Yetvart Boyajian (1915-1966)

Yetvart Boyajian was born in Kheder Bek, Mousa Dagh, in 1915. He was three months old, during the heroic battle of Mousa Dagh when he, along with his family, was transferred to Port Saaid where they stayed for four years, before returning to their village.

He received his primary education in the local schools of Kheder Beg and Yoghun Olukh and his secondary education in Beirut "Jemaran”.

He started writing in his early ages, while the publication of his works started in the year 1932.

He worked with the "Hayrenik” monthly in Boston, the "Harach” newspaper, the "Aztag’ daily and the "Nayiri” newspaper in Beirut. He also had his works published in the "Hasg”, "Agos”, "Aztarar” and "Pakin” newspapers. He used several pen names like Albatros, Vazken Diranian and Y. Dzovigian.

Besides his literary work, he worked as a teacher in schools in Syria, Mousa Dagh, Anjar, and Beirut. He was one of the founders of the "Pakin” Monthly. His published works are "Ser yev Vishd” (Love and Sorrow) in 1944, "Hoghe” (The Earth) in 1948, "Baykaroghner Tuk Baykaroghner Kazazadz” (Incinerate Strugglers) in 1958, "Tought Zavagnerus” (Letter To My Children) in 1961, "Domar Darakri” (Registers of Deportation) in 1963 and "Yergu Namag” (Two Letters) in 1964.

"Temker” (Portraits) , "Dzenentavayr Gorusyeal” (Lost Birthplace), "Endani” (Domestic), "Gyanki Aperen” (From The Shores Of Life), "Tun” (You) and "Midk Bahe” (Keep In Mind) were published after his death in 1966.

Boghos Snabian

He is born in August, 1927, in Bitias, Mousa Dagh.

He received his primary education in the local school and later in the "Harach" school in Anjar.

In 1944, he was admitted to the "Jarankavorats” school of Jerusalem from where he graduated in 1949.

In the year 1950, he started working as a teacher in the Armenian national schools of Lebanon while his literary works were published in the "Nayiri” and "Agos” newspapers.

He was assigned as the editor of the "Pakin” monthly in 1962. He stayed in Paris for two years where he followed literary and philosophical courses.

From 1966 to 1973, he worked as the chief editor of the literary and cultural sections of the "Aztag” daily.

He is a member of the "Kevork Melidentsi” literary judicial board of the Patriarchal Seat of Cilicia, where he has edited more than 50 books.

His published works are;

  • "Jamanag Chega” (There Is No Time) in 1953
  • "Heghapokhutyan Hamar” (For Revolution) in 1956
  •  "Verchin Arare” (The Last Scene) in 1958
  •  "Antershimiryan Tsayner” (Voices From Beyond The Graves) in 1960
  •  "Avazakradz Nave” (The Sand Beaten Ship) in 1963
  •  "Yes Ayt Shounn Em” (I’m That Dog) in 1966
  • "Goresdagan Touyner” (Perishable Venoms) in 1970
  • "Aghkadneru Avantutyune” ( The Traditions Of The Poor) in 1983
  • "Inchbes Hayhoyem” (How To Blaspheme) in 1990
  • "Michnarar” in 1990
  • "Haysmavourk” in 1997
  • "Daretartsner” (Birthdays) in 2001
  • "Grgesin Mech”(In the Circus) critical articles, in 2005
  • "Dbavorutyunner Henkov” Critical articles
  • "Verdzanoumner”
  • "Yes Im Anoush”
  • "Tsekhoghagan”

He has several works which are ready for publication, which are: "Beghdor Chourer” (Troubled Waters), " Kretsek Patsagay” (Write Absent), "Temkeru Hed” (With Portraits), "Kirkeru Hed” (With Books), "Im Doctoras” (My Doctorate) and "Zroutsner” (Discussions).

Zoulal Kazanjain (1936-2011)

Zoulal Kazanjian was born in Mousa Dagh, in 1936.

He was transferred to Anjar along with the people of Mousa Dagh when he was a child, where he received his early education in the "Harach” school. In 1949 he went to Venice to continue his education in the "Mourad Rafayelian” school.

He worked as a teacher in Aleppo from the year 1954 to 1961 after which he settled in Paris. His articles have been published in several Armenian newspapers.

During the last decade of his life, he lived in Armenia, where he spent most of his time writing and editing Armenian books.

He passed away in France in 2009.

His published works are; "Gyanke Kouyres” (Life My Sister) in 1964, "Arevadzaghigi Me Nman” (Like a Sunflower) in 1975, "Sharounageli” (Continual) in 1992, "Panasdegdzoutyunner” (Poesy) in 1996, "Hadendir Hay Yev Hin Keraganoutyan”, 2 volumes, in 1998.

Tovmas Habeshian

He was born in 1904, in Yoghun Olukh, Mousa Dagh. In 1915, along with the Mousadaghians, he ascended the mountain of Mousa Dagh and later was transported to Port Saaid where he attended the "Siswan” School.

He returned to Mousa Dagh in 1919, where he started teaching in the schools of Kheder Beg, Vakef and Yoghun Olukh. He continued teaching in the schools of Anjar till his retirement.

He started writing at his young age. He worked particularly in studying and documenting the Mousadaghian ethnographical features. He occupied significant positions in the ARF.

His published works are; "Mousa Daghi Babenagan Artsakankner” in 1986 and "Hishadagaran Mousa Leran Parpari” in 1993.

Yessayi Markarian (1889 – 1964)

He was born in Kheder Beg, Mousa Dagh, in 1889.

He received his primary education in the national school of the village. His love towards poetry and music was revealed in his early years.

In 1910, he enrolled in the Ottoman Army and served in "Marash”. In 1913, he went to USA where he stayed for more than 33 years. In 1946, he returned to Anjar and participated in the construction of the village. He spent his last years in Anjar amongst his people where he was known as "Dolar Baboug”.

He composed songs and wrote stories in Armenian and in Mousadaghian dialect.

His famous songs are; "Mousa Leran Kouygheren”, "Havoun Yeke”, "Amousinneroun Veje”….. etc.

He passed away in Anjar in 1964.

Zaven Nalbandian

He was born in Antioch. He lost his father in the massacres of Cilicia in 1909.

He received his primary education in the national school of Aintab. After studying the mentality and psychology of the Turkish people, he became an expert in "Touranism”.

He is the author of two documentaries, "Inch Ge Dzerakren Turkere” (What do Turks Plan) and "Grnank Hashdevil Turkin Hed” (Can We Reconcile With the Turk).

Hagop Torossian

He was born in the Yoghun Olugh village of Mousa Dagh. He received his primary education in Port Saaid.

After returning to Mousa Dagh, he left for Istanbul where he attended the "Mkhitarian” school and later continued it in the "Mekhitarian” monastery in Vienna.

He worked in different magazines and newspapers and is the author of several documentaries where his domination on the linguistic, critic, derisive and theatrical methods are revealed.

His published works are; "Lezvashinoutyun”, "Toros Dzara” and "Martasbanoutyun me” while his theatrical works were published in more than a few volumes.

Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian

He is born in Anjar, in 1946. He received his primary education in Anjar after which he attended the monastery of the prelacy of Cilicia in Antilias, from where he graduated in 1967.

He served as a teacher and principal in Anjar, Zahle, and the "Trchnots Poyn” in Byblos. As a religious leader, he has served in Lebanon, Cyprus and Greece. In 1997, he was assigned as the surrogate of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cyprus and in 2003 he received the Archbishop title.

He has had valuable educational, literary and churchly activities and is the founder of the "Karni” manuscript which has 41 published volumes. Since 1993, he has been publishing the "Ardziv” monthly and since 1997, the "Keghart” newspaper of the Catholicosate of Cyprus.



Besides his numerous articles which have been published in Armenian newspapers, he has several published books which are; "Hayasdanyants Yegeghetsin Gibrosi Mech”, "Adanayi Vganere yev Sourp Sdepanos Vgayarane”, "Teghtagtsoutyun Sahag P. Gatoghigosi Yev Bedros Ark. Sarjyani”, "Gibrosi Temi Hovagan Garke yev Temagan Gazmavorume” and "Dbakroutyun, Vorper, Melkonian Hasdadoutyun".

Rev. Father Haroutyun Bzdigian

He is born in Beirut, in 1937, in a Mousadaghian family. He received his education in Anjar and he continued it in Venice, Rome and Paris. He has specialized in Theology and history of Philosophy and Art. In 1962, he was ordained and consecrated to the Holly order of priesthood, as Father Haroutun Bezdigian and became the director of the "Mekhitarian" School of Venice.

He has organized private and group exhibitions in Lebanon, Austria, Italy, Syria, USA & Armenia. He has received many awards while his paintings are exhibited in different expos.

He is the author of several books whose covers are revealed beneath.

Mardiros Koushagchian

He was born in the Yoghun Olukh village of Mousa Dagh, where he received his primary education. He continued his education in the "Melkonian” establishment later he specialized in English language and literature.

He taught English and Armenian languages in secondary schools. He was the chief editor of the "Donigian” publishing house.

He had great contribution to the Armenian press with his narrations, poems and literary articles.

He edited the "Tebi Yergir”, "Yergir” and "Houshartsan Mousa Leran” publications.

He is the Author of "Gyanki Garod” 1957, "Houshamadyan Mousa Leran” 1970, " Mousa Leran Haygagan Kaghtojakhe” 1988 and an English-Armenian, Armenian-English dictionary with Rev. Dikran Khentouni.

Arsen Janian

He was born in 1938 in the Vakef Village of Mousa Dagh.

He received his primary education in the local school and later continued it in the monastery of Sgudar in Istanbul where he also attended the "Mekhitarian” school.

Besides teaching, he worked with the Armenian press in Istambul where a few of his works were published.

He lived his recent years in Armenia where "Yes Kalis Em Im Babi Krgits”was published which includes his prosaic works.

His son, Garen Janian, gave his life during the Conflict in Artsakh, who, in his turn, has a work, "Mdavoragan Mardige”, which was published after his death.

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Bedig Hergelian (1954-1987)

Writer, poet and editor Bedig Hergelian was born in 1954 in Anjar.

After receiving his education in the "Harach” "Kalousd Gulbenkian” Secondary school of Anjar he studied Armenian courses in the Hmazkayine establishment of Armenology in Beirut. After an interruption, due to the Lebanese Civil War, he graduated in 1985.

In 1976 he was sent to Greece where he was the chief editor of the "Azad Or” newspaper. In 1978 he returned to Lebanon to join the editorial staff of the "Aztag” daily.

In 1973 his first booklet, "Baduhanes Turs”, was published, which was followed by "Pare” in 1983.

"Yev Yergir Badkam”, "Yuhu”, Razmig Tavoyian’s "Hadendir”, and M. Lerentsi’s "Echer” were published consecutively during the years 1985-1987.

He worked as a teacher in the "Terchnots Pouyn” orphanage in Jibeil.

He died after being hospitalized for a few months in 1987.

After his death, his work, "Kragan Verludzagan Ekher”, was published which includes the studies of Vazken Shoushanian and his press published works.

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