The program "Tagharan" is dedicated to the Armenian spiritual and folk music. At the heart of the creation of the program is the idea of kinship of the above two branches of national musical culture, which received its first scientific justification thanks to Komitas. In the frames of the program we'll try to consider the edges of contact between Armenian folk and sacred music, to present the stages of historical development and genre manifestations of the mentioned two branches, to describe the music component of the national rites and rituals of the Church, to turn to the works of genius of the art of spiritual singing, and also to discuss actual problems of the Armenian medieval science and folklore science with the participation of the representatives of these areas.
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.