TCA Hosts Debut Presentation of Khatchkar


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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Acclaimed photographer Hrair “Hawk” Khatcherian’s new book Khatchkar made its United States debut in an event hosted by the Tekeyan Cultural Association of Greater New York on Friday, March 3 at the TCA Center in Englewood Cliffs.

Khatcherian spoke about the images featured in Khatchkar, his 14th publication, which includes stunning shots of khatchkars in Armenia, Artsakh, Western Armenia and Cilicia. Khatcherian made special trips to Jerusalem and to the Hermitage Museum in Russia to photograph a khatchkar they have on exhibit from Nakhichevan (Old Julfa), where Armenians once created 10,000 khatchkars.

He also made visits to the Louvre Museum in Paris, the United Nations and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to capture the khatchkars on display.

The glossy, high quality book, numbering 516 pages, was created over the course of 25 years. Khatcherian’s first shots of khatchkars were taken in Artsakh in 1992 when he was there photographing the war.

Following an introduction by Tekeyan Cultural Association of Greater New York Chair Hilda Hartounian, who noted this event was the first of the season dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the TCA’s founding in Beirut, a book signing and Q & A followed the presentation.

A busy season filled with culturally rich activities lies ahead for the Tekeyan Cultural Association of Greater New York. A piano trio concert titled “The Armenian Spirit” featuring renowned artists Ani Kalayjian on cello, Ani Kavafian on violin and Orion Weiss on piano will be performed on Sunday, May 21st at the Alliance Francaise’s Florence Gould Hall.

A 70th anniversary banquet will take place on Saturday, November 18, to celebrate 70 years of cultural excellence since the Tekeyan Cultural Association’s establishment in Beirut, Lebanon in 1947. Named after the prolific poet Vahan Tekeyan, the organization’s mission is to preserve the Armenian culture and heritage in the Diaspora and promote cultural, spiritual and educational ties with Armenia.