The Tagharan program is dedicated to the spiritual and folk branches of Armenian music. At the heart of the creation of the program is the idea of kinship of these two branches, which was first scientifically dealt with by Komitas. In the episodes of the program, we consider the relationship between Armenian folk and sacred music branches, present the stages of their historical development and their genre manifestations, describe the music component of folk and Church rites, reflect on the most important works of Church singing art as well as discuss actual problems of Armenian medieval studies and folklore with specialists.
The two parts of this episode are dedicated to the musical folklore of the region of Balu or Balahovit, Tigranakert province of historical Armenia. They are based on Bedros Alahaydoian's book "A Musical-Ethnographic Collection of Palou (and the Region)" (in Armenian, Glendale, 2009). During the broadcast, you'll listen to songs recorded in the two CDs attached to the book (performer Maro Nalbandian, native of Balu).