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.
Akn, a town in the Sebastia region of the historical Lesser Armenia, was famous for its rich and varied musical folklore. A number of samples of Armenian folk music of old tradition, which had preserved their Armenian image, reached the 20th century thanks to the residents of Akn and were preserved in their environment. Antunis of Akn are one of such samples which are considered to be the inheritors of the medieval hayrens of gusans. In 1895 Komitas recorded 25 songs of the Akn region from the repertoire of the resident of Akn Hovsep Janikyan and published in the ‟Collection of folk songs of Akn”. Two of our broadcasts are dedicated to the review of the content of this collection.