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Aram Asatryan

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Aram Asatryan (Armenian: Արամ Ասատրյան; 3 March 1953 – 7 November 2006) was an Armenian pop singer and songwriter known for his energetic concerts and music.

Career[edit]

Ever since his childhood years he had been a prodigal musician. In the year of 1985, he formed his own band. He became known in Armenia and internationally particularly in the Armenian diaspora for his voice and his musical styling. Aram loved to work and he devoted his life to music. He approached positive things and was confident about himself. His love for his country and the Armenians as well as other ethnic groups are expressed in his songs. During the Nagorno-Karabakh War, he performed songs for the soldiers and Armenians in general for moral support.

Aram performed many concerts internationally (Asia, Europe, Russia, the Middle East), and in many cities in Armenia. He has written over 500 songs and constantly held world tours. Throughout his life he had received many awards such as the “Gusan” he was awarded on April 18, 2003 from the Cultural Music Ministry in Armenia.

Personal life[edit]

Aram Asatryan was born in Echmiadzin, Armenia, the son of Hapet Asatryan and Ashken Mampreyan. He was born to a refugee family.

Until his death, Asatryan resided in the United States. He believed his music would pass on from generation to generation. His son Setrak (Seto) died in a tragic automobile accident approximately a year before Aram's death, which left Aram in a very sad depressed grieving state up until his return trip to Armenia in 2006.

Death[edit]

Aram Asatryan died on 7 November 2006 in Oshakan in the Aragatsotn region, from an apparent heart attack. He was at a baptism being the godfather of an Armenian family. He did not show early symptoms of sickness as it was reported that he was in a very good and warm mood.

Dying surrounded by his close relatives, he was grieved by fans as he was considered one of the big names in Armenian pop music in modern times, and dubbed the "voice of Hayastan". The entire Asatryan family is considered to be a foremost contributor to the pop music of post-Soviet Armenia.

His son, Artash Asatryan, continues his legacy as a popular Armenian musician.