Thursday, December 29, 2011

IAF spreads smiles - Muskan

Kids are our future. We should take care of them if we want to have a bright future. 


Since the great holidays of Christmas and New Year is approaching, everyone needs to be surrounded with love, care and warmth. This is the most joyful time especially for children. Unfortunately there are lots of children living in orphanage houses who need special care and attention from the society, as they are devoid of this special gift.

To meet this need Indo-Armenian Friendship NGO with the help of the Embassy of India in Armenia decided to share the happiness and smiles with them and hence to organize a visit to one of Orphanage houses in Yerevan.

On December 28th IAF members visited the Orphanage house after Mari Izmiryan in Yerevan. A call for participation and support was announced 10 days before the event which got a huge response among the group members. As a result numerous toys, clothes, stationery and the most important lots of smiles were gifted to the kids.

 Embassy of India provided the event with special edition of Namaste India - a collection of poems for the kids in Hindi by Prof. Anita Verma translated into Armenian by Hripsime Nersisyan.
After getting introduced about India and its culture the kids enjoyed a performance of an Indian traditional dance MAHA GANAPATHIM by two students of YSMU Maria Vincent and Seraphim Angel David. The fun and joyful interaction with the kids was followed by visit of Dzmer Papi (Santa Claus) who helped the kids to decorate the Christmas tree and handed them over the presents.
The meeting was sweetened with a special cake representing the sweetness of Indo-Armenian relationship.
Indian-Armenian Friendship
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Armenian-Indian Center for Excellence in ICT

IAF Bureau

On November 7, the Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan and Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of India Sachin Pilot attended the inauguration ceremony of Armenian-Indian Center of Excellence on Information and Communication Technologies at Yerevan State University.

The center is founded on the Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding signed between the governments of the respected countries on June 26, 2009 and was implemented by Incubator Enterprise Foundation (Armenia) and Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC, India) with assistance of World Bank Armenia office.

The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Ambassador of India to Armenia Mr Achmal Kumar Malhotra, Ambassador of Armenia to India Mr Ara Hakobyan and other high ranked officials.

The opening ceremony started with traditional Indian lamp lighting by the Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Minister Sachin Pilot and followed by the presentation of the center by Mr Pilot.

In his speech the Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan stressed the importance of the center not only for Armenia, but for the region as well mainly because the center is equipped with advanced computer equipments including PARAM supercomputer, the only one in the region. This will certainly contribute to the development of industry in Armenia, to conduct research programs and train specialists. 

In his speech Mr Sachin Pilot said the opening of the center is a vivid proof of the Armenian-Indian cooperation. India is one of the leaders in IT sector providing 2 million jobs in India, which proves that India has a very strong experience to share with Armenian partners contributing to the rapid development of Armenian industry and even to seismic and weather forecasts.

Over 60 professionals from Armenia have already completed trainings in India. The center will hold trainings for minimum 1000 professionals every year The Center will also join Armcluster-the biggest computer network of the region. For the opening of the center India invested 1 million 800.000 dollars. 

Indo-Armenian intergovernmental delegation

The key objectives of the center are:Delivery of IT training, training of trainers, exchange programmes, promotion of research projects.

More information about the center you can find on their official website here.

IAF also showed its presence at the opening ceremony. Two of IAF executive team members, Secretary General Ms Lusine Toroyan and Ms. Sona Ashughyan attended the ceremony and discussed with the officials the implications of the center for Armenia and its youth. Indeed it's one of the best collaborative initiatives by the respective Govts. to cement the bilateral ties, based on knowledge & Technology sharing. 

IAF representatives Ms. Lusine Toroyan and Ms. Sona Ashughyan

IAF congratulates both parties for such accomplishment. Hope to see more Indo-Armenian collaborations in future which correspond to the great historical Indo-Armenian relation.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friendship Flourishes

IAF Bureau

Continuing on its march towards building strong people-2-people connection between India and Armenia, IAF held its second meeting with its members on 11th October 2011. It was the continuation of the previous meeting held on Armenia's Independence Day celebration. The solidarity grew bigger this time, as more members joined the meeting, held at picturesque and historical Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi.

IAF Members in solidarity
The get together started on an introductory welcome note by Founder Mr. Rananjay Anand and then followed by introducing each other. One which is worth mentioning here is that, one of the most active members of IAF in India, Ms. Lilit Andreas made this occasion even special by surprising all members with her Home-made IAF Chocolate Cake and presenting rose flower to each members. It was a pleasant surprise for everyone and this cemented further the closeness of warmth between us.

All members shared this sweet cake and then began the general brain-storming session. Each members shared their experiences and views on their life spent in Armenia or in India and vice-versa. This time the topic of discussion was, what IAF can do in India utilizing this platform. Several options arises with lots of pros & cons. Finally people came to conclusion that though initially small, but we can organize small cultural events with member participation only.

During the discussions, IAF members Aman Bhardwaj and his guitarist friend Jitendra kept the momentum lighter and melodic through their musical performances. He promised to learn and  perform Armenian songs in future IAF meetings.
 The program ended on a high note with all being involved in their talks with different members till they dispersed and vowed to meet again in all future IAF meetings to contribute more.

IAF with love !!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

IAF celebrates Independence Day of Armenia in India

By Karen Mkrtchyan

 “For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, 
See if they will not create a new Armenia”

IAF Members gathers to celebrate
Independence Day of Armenia on 21st September
21st September is a special day for Armenia, as it was on this day 20 years back that the Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia officially was re-born into the current independent nation.  Like any other year, this year as well, the world witnessed celebrations by the Armenians and their friends and well-wishers across the globe, and New Delhi, the capital city of Incredible India was not left out from it. And neither were we at IAF willing to forget the importance the day had. Hence, in the evening of the same day, at the same time when another IAF group had gathered in Yerevan, a small but dedicated group of IAF members gathered together at Connaught Place to mark the 21st year of Armenia’s Independence . Even though on a short notice only a few of us could turn up, we at Indo-Armenian Friendship always believe that in the long run, it is Quality and not Quantity that makes a difference. There is a reason why I say this. If you are a member of IAF, then I am pretty sure you are familiar with the name Aman Bhardwaj-an active member in our facebook group. All of us present that evening were amazed at his dedication when this young man turned up , having travelled three hours from Aligarh to Delhi just to celebrate that auspicious day with us. IAF is proud to have such dedicated members who will stop at nothing to see that our NGO succeeds in executing all our plans smoothly. Aman also entertained using his amazing talent by singing  a few songs for us, and was even joined in and followed by a wonderful performance from our founder Mr. Rananjay Anand.

IAF members in discussion!
The get-together consisted of members from both countries, with the majority of us being students. To start the meeting on a good note, Founder & President Mr. Rananjay Anand welcomed everyone in the first ever IAF group member meeting in India and asked everyone to share their experience and then choke out a future plan of action for proper interaction. Lilit Andreas, an Armenian lady who is married to an Indian was also among us, along with her little angel daughter Ani, who, in Lilit’s own words is “a result of Indo-Armenian Friendship”. Lilit shared her experiences in India and also hinted on the various problems an Armenian girl is likely to face after coming to India, followed by useful tips and points as to how the various problems can be either avoided or solved. We also had two doctors amongst us, Dr. Dinesh Chauhan and Dr.Sony Jose,  who had studied in the Medical College of Yerevan and had returned to India after completing their degree. They both spoke Armenian pretty well and it was really heart-warming for us Armenians to see Indians speaking in Armenian-just as heartwarming it may be for them to see  Armenians speaking in Hindi. They both spoke about the years they  spent in Armenia and how close to their hearts Armenia was. After all, it had been their second home, just like India has been my second home for over ten years now.

Dr. Dinesh Chauhan sharing his experiences in Armenia
during his medical study in Yerevan
Interestingly, we had one journalist young lady from Armenia, Ms. Inga, who is studying in IIMC, and is in India on an ICCR scholarship, and another journalist from India, Ms. Nidhi Gupta.  Both these young and talented media representatives gave us their ideas from a journalists point of view, both stressing on the point that lack of information amongst the citizens of both the countries regarding Armenia and India is a major problem to be tackled, a point we all agreed on. Hayarpi and Anoush, both  on ITEC & ICCR  scholarships from India, also shared  their thrilling experiences in India.

Anush and Dr. Dinesh
The meeting also brought a new addition to our group. Arihant Kumar Vardhan, a Phd student in Persian Language at JNU also joined us, showing great interest in IAF.

Overall, the meeting was productive, and of course, as all good  and bad things come to an end, so did our meeting. Before we could realize, the clock had done its work and it was time for us to depart, promising many more meetings in the future to come. IAF thanks our founders Mr. Rananjay Anand and Ms. Ruzanna Ashughyan for organizing the get-together, and  wishes all Armenians a prosperous year ahead, and may this 21st independence bring our two countries closer and may we grow from strength to strength. Long live India Armenia. Long live Indo-Armenian Friendship.

Long live Indo-Armenian Friendship!

About Author: 
Mr. Karen Mkrtchyan is a full time student in 
India's premier Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Indian, Armenian Epic poetry

By Nelly Manucharyan,

I was thinking about posting such kind of material which will be interesting for both Armenian and Indian readers. It should be some historical literary work, including the entire range of knowledge about the heritage of Armenian and Indian people: their religion, mythology, ethics, philosophy, cosmology, etc. So the thoughts lead me to the Epic works of Armenians and Indians, in other words to Daredevils of Sasun (David of Sasun) and Mahabharata. While examining these epics I have found that our epic poems have so many similarities: in both works we can find a skillful juxtaposition of the ultimate themes of Right and Wrong; Action and Contemplation; Life and Death; Friendship and Enmity; Love and Hatred, etc. We will speak about these below. I will not go through the scientific analysis of the epics but try to describe the essence and spirit of these literary works.

 Hence, next two posts will be dedicated to Armenian epic- Daredevils of Sasun (David of Sasun) and Indian epic- Mahabharata. Hope our IAF members will enjoy these posts.

First a brief review what is called epic or epic poetry:
Epics are long poems that try to articulate the knowledge of the epoch, concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic events significant to a culture or nation, reflecting their problems and suggesting solutions to those problems.

In the East, the most famous works of epic poetry are the Ramayana and Mahabharata- for Indians, for Armenians it is the epic poem of Daredevils of Sasun (David of Sasun).

Daredevils of Sasun (David of Sasun)

Sasna Dzrer (Armenian: Սասնա Ծռեր, English: Daredevils of Sassoun, also translated as Daredevils of Sasun) is the title of an Old Armenian heroic epic / poem in four cycles (parts) and is about four generations of Sassoun's warriors. It is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Armenian folklore. This recital of the legendary deeds of four generations of strongmen in a warrior community in the Armenian highlands is in the tradition of heroic folktales that dramatize the story of a whole nation and voice its deepest sentiments and aspirations. The most accurate and complete title of this epic is "Սասնա Ծռեր" (Daredevils of Sassoun). It has however been published under various titles: "Սասունցի Դավիթ" (David of Sassoun), "Սանասար և Բաղդասար" (Sanasar and Balthazar), "Սասունցի Դավիթ կամ Մհերի դուռ" (David of Sassoun or Meherr's door) and many others. All these titles correspond with four cycles of the epic. The epic took shape in the 10th century based on an oral tradition spanning centuries. The basic text of the epic was first recorded in 1873 by Fr. G. Srvandzdyants. The epic begins with two brothers, Sanasar and Balthasar. The pair of brothers resurface in the Armenian epic as the immaculately conceived sons of the Armenian princess Dzovinar, who was taken from Armenia to Baghdad by the Caliph when most of Armenia was under Arab domination from (7-9th centuries).   The Caliph decides to kill them, but before he can, they escape to Armenia.   After slaying dragons, building cities, and restoring Armenia to prosperity, the brothers return to Baghdad to rescue their mother.
     In the epic of David of Sassoon, the Moslems (referred to as Musr or Egypt in this version of the epic) and their leader (referred to Melik - king) may have displaced the Assyrians, and two thousand years of history may be compressed into a single storylineThe next cycle is the story of David’s father, Lion Mher, who is the epitome of the noble, wise, fair and self-sacrificing father-king. Approaching old age without an heir, he accepts with gentility the passing of his generation as the price of the next generation.  
Lion Mher represents the strength of nature and rectitude of character that bears fruit in his son, David, who is raised an "orphan, no keeper on earth."       

Although King David lacks the dignity and heroic stature of more primitive epic heroes, he is full of life and energy, and his human failings add to his charm. The appeal of the epic is enhanced by the devils and spirits that figure prominently in the numerous incidents and situations involving David and his son Mher the Younger. An epic cannot be summed up in a single word or from a single point of view.   Each reader and listener will relate to certain characters and events in different ways.  Nevertheless, the image of David of Sassoon, his nobility, fearlessness, strength, and simplicity, while having special significance for Armenians, has a universal appeal that speaks to all peoples.


The Mahabharata (Sanskrit Mahābhārata महाभारत,  IPA: [məɦaːˈbʱaːrət̪ə]) is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana. Besides its epic narrative of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kauravas and the Pandavas, the Mahabharata contains much philosophical and devotional material, such as a discussion of the four "goals of life"-dharma (right action), artha (purpose), kama (pleasure), and moksha (liberation). Traditionally, the authorship of the Mahabharata is attributed to Vyasa. the origins of the story probably fall between the 8th and 9th centuries BCE. The text probably reached its final form by the early Gupta period (ca. 4th c. CE). The title may be translated as "the great tale of the Bhārata dynasty"

The book has eighteen parvas and many sub parvas. There are many interrelated side stories in the Mahabharata which try to reflect the then society. 

Mahabharata, though it deals with the war between cousins, it is about the way a person should see life. It shows that there is good and evil in this world and there exists a constant fight between them.Mahabharata, has been able to capture the knowledge and life style of the people during the Dwaparayuga.

The main characters in the epic are the descendants of the clan of Bharata, hence it is titled Mahabharata, meaning the stories about the people of bharata. The story is about a war for power between the cousins. the descendents of Bharata, son of King Dushyanta and Shakuntala, namely the Pandavas and their cousins, the Kauravas. The jealousy, anger and vanity of the Kauravas in depriving the noble Pandavas of their rights leads ultimately to a bitter and bloody war. The Kauravas are killed one by one. The Pandavas establish a rule based on Dharma, i.e. the Righteousness and Truth. The dead heroes, by the grace of Holy Vyasa, all emerge from the sacred Ganges and purged off their sins, meet in Heaven where there is no rancour or malice. The universal lesson is spelt by righteous Yudhisthir: ’’ In all cases, war is evil….he who gains victory, also suffers losses’’. This remains valid for all times and for all nations and individuals. 

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Comparing  Epics

As I’ve mentioned while examining Armenian Daredevils of Sasun (David of Sasun) and Indian “Mahabharata” epics I have found that our epic poems have so many similarities: in both works we can find a skillful juxtaposition of the ultimate themes of Right and Wrong; Action and Contemplation; Life and Death; Friendship and Enmity; Love and Hatred, etc.

In the scientific report of Dr.of Philology Armen Petrosyan the author speaks about the similarities found in the names of heroes, epic motives of Armenian and Indian epics. This analysis had been carried out by different scholars. Thus, we can see common names & motives in these two literary works: in Daredevils of Sasun (David of Sasun) Sanasar as a hero of thunder and a Gemini corresponds to Indian God Indra from “Mahabharata”, who is also a Gemini and a God of thunder. Or let’s see another similar facts: like Armenian Sanasar and Baghdasar were born from a spring water of Katnaghbyur their mother had drunk, Indian Rama and brothers were born from a KHEER (dish made of milk & rice which is semi-fluid) their mother had taken. But the most interesting are the facts of name similarities: in the Armenian version the Gemini brothers’ mother is Sarah, who becomes pregnant by the water of horse’s footprint, and in the Indian version Gemini brothers’ mother - Saranyu becomes pregnant by her husband who turned into a horse. There are striking typological comparable episodes between Aram Nahapet and Indian hero Rama, accounted for historical relations.

You can find  useful information from these websites:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Armenia Celebrates India’s 65th Independence Day


The Celebration of India’s 65th Independence Day in Armenia took place on August 15, at 10 o’clock in the morning at the India House- the official residence of Indian ambassador in Armenia.

Armenian Hindi Students singing 
India's National Anthem "Jana Gana Mana"
The Independence Day of India is celebrated on the 15th of August to commemorate its independence from British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation in 1947. The day is a National Holiday in India. The celebrations take place all over the country as well as outside its borders.
Here in Armenia there became a tradition for Indian embassy to celebrate this national holiday far from India. Yesterday on August 15 at 10 o’clock in the morning the Embassy of India in Armenia cordially invited IAF executive team members and other guests to India House-his official residence in Yerevan.

IAF Executive Team Members 
with Hon Indian Ambassador
The ceremony of flag hoisting took place in the green and sunny backyard garden. While H.E. Mr Achal K. Malhotra was hoisting the Indian Tri-Color flag bursting with rose petals, the Amenian Students of Yerevan Humanitarian Institute studying Hindi were singing the national anthem of India "Jana-Gana-Mana" followed by another Hindi song performed by the students of Galik College in Ijevan.
Hon. Ambassador of India H.E. Achal K. Malhotra 
hoisting Indian National Tricolor

Mr. Ambassador read the speech of the President of India H.E. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the eve of the 65th Independence Day at New Dehli on August 14, 2011.
Hon Ambassador presenting 
India President's Speech
Among the invited guests there were all IAF executive team members,  Indians working and studying in Armenia as well as Armenians having social and cultural relationship with India.

After the official part of the Day guests were invited to have light refreshments, discussing different news both from India and Armenia, exchanging the impressions and experiences of different spheres of intercultural life.

The IAF Solidarity

Friday, August 12, 2011

IAF: Unleashing Youth Power!

(International Youth Day Special)
By Rananjay Anand

On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of the Ministers, responsible for Youth, (Lisbon, 8-12 August, 1998), that 12 August be declared International Youth Day (IYD).

Exactly before two years from now, in August 2009, a group was created on a Social Networking Site Facebook, with a humble name "India-Armenia Friendship" with an intention to gather like-minded people and have a proper interaction between its people to bridge the gap created in the course of history. 

Two years have passed since then. You all have been there. You loved it, you celebrated it, you enjoyed it, you fought for it, you struggled for it, you made new friends, and you showed your anger and complaints too, i.e in a nutshell, a wholesome amalgamation of two different cultures with all colors of emotions and feelings. You have witnessed IAF's great journey so far, by being the part of this Caravan.

Now exactly after two years, I'm proud to announce IAF in its Physical Avatar. A real transformation from Facebook based virtual group to a legally existing NGO in Armenia. My dear friends, let me take this opportunity to congratulate you all by announcing that your virtual IAF has been legally registered as "Indo-Armenian Friendship" NGO in Armenia. From now onward August 12 will be celebrated by us as "IAF Founding Day" every year. This is the real transformation of Youth Power.

The International Youth Day (IYD) is something special this year. "Change Our World" has been chosen as the theme for IYD 2011 as it not only expresses the level of impact that young people strive to achieve, but also reflects the notion of a Global Citizenship. IAF envisages the same Global Perspective of having a Global Platform for Youth from every corner of the world, to come together and change the world. This inspired us to form "Society For Promotion Of Global Understanding"  aka (SPGU), based in India, armed with its country specific chapters through collaborations and creations around Globe. And IAF being the first country specific arm of SPGU, is exactly the "Torch-Bearer" of this theme excellently.

The world is facing myriad of problems: Poverty, Hunger, Unemployment, Natural Calamities, Global Warming, Clash of different cultures, sects & religions, and the list goes endless..Who will be facing this?? Can we afford to sit idle?? As young people we must realize that we are the ones who will be affected tomorrow by today's decision. Do we need to approach Problem to Solution or is it Solution to Problem approach  for all solution?? To my mind we must strive for the later case. 

It is our latent and creative ideas or voices, that will shape the future; We are Young, active and full of energy, we embrace challenges and are open to new and different experiences. With our intense desire for positive change, we have the ability to move beyond the geography and time restrictions and are undoubtedly the dynamic group of people that are the primary enablers of the Social Change. We need to unleash the untapped potential.

We hereby request to all those who can be our stakeholders to realize the theme this year and work together to ensure that policies and processes are in place to provide continuous investments in youth, to encourage youth mind to participate and take the challenge head-on and to improve the Intercultural Understanding among youth. IAF would like to continue with the spirit of IYD forever.

We, the Youth need support and encouragement from all around; be it Government, Corporate Houses, Private sector businesses, National and International Foundations, Philanthropists, Civil Society Organizations or other Stakeholders, we want to see them to work with us for a sustainable future. Youth need to be included at all levels of Decision-making to ensure that their need are met. This will provide the solution.

Let's dream a world, World of Togetherness. Come, join and be the force to reckon with.

To See The Change, Be The Change!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Embassy of India organized an Evening of Film show and IAF Conference in Yerevan

By Nelly Manucharyan

11 July, 2011 - 18:30 - 21:30

Nairi Hall, Hotel Ani Plaza, Yerevan, Armenia

The Embassy of India in Armenia recently held the evening of Film show followed by Indian Armenian Friendship group (IAF) Conference and some cultural programs, which included dance show (Indian and Armenian) and Tabla Play. Chief Guest was Ambassador of India in Armenia H.E. Mr. Achal Kumar Malhotra.

The program of the event consisted of two parts: first part included documentary film show about ”Terrorism in contemporary world”,  presented by the Embassy and second part was the presentation of the Armenian Indian Friendship group’s creation history and future visions, presented by the founder of the group- Mr. Rananjay Anand.

During the first part of the meeting Ambassador of India in Armenia H.E. Mr. Achal Kumar Malhotra spoke about the harmful and dangerous causes of the terrorism in contemporary world, and the efforts which should be made to prevent the expansion and development as well as its harmful impact on our generation. Mr. Ambassador also congratulated IAF members on the building of the cultural bridge between Armenia and India and the solidarity of two countries that it can develop in the future.
H.E. Mr. Achal Kumar Malhotra, Hon. Ambassador of India to RA, 
addressing the IAF members
(Please Click here for Speech video)

During the second part of the Evening Mr Rananjay Anand , the founder of IAF, introduced to the audience the "Society for Promotion of Global Understanding" (SPGU) and its ARMENIA CHAPTER "Indo-Armenian Friendship NGO". He spoke about the missions and visions of the future NGO.

IAF Co-Founder & President Mr. Rananjay Anand
introducing IAF to its members

The participant’s attention was invited to 2 special editions of Namaste India magazine released by Embassy of India. 1st one is a collection of love stories from India translated into Armenian. 2nd one is a collection of poems for little children written by Prof. Anita Verma and translated into Armenian by Hripsime Nersisyan and illustrated by Andranik Asatryan’s paintings.
Prof. Anita Verma

Two Special Editions of NAMASTE INDIA

The cultural programs of the evening presented dance show of India and Armenian national dances, each dance pictured the beauty of Armenian and Indian women’s world. 

First performance was an Indian dance performed by an Armenian professional dancer Gayane. The dance is called Nimbudah which means a small lemon. It’s one of traditional songs of Rajastan State,  well known from a movie  "HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM" The film heroine sings to  her loved one about lemon and asks him to  bring the lemon so that the lemon would save them both from evil and jealous people.

IAF Solidarity

Next performance was an Armenian national folk dance performed by an Armenian beauty Mariam Azizyan. The dance is called “Bardavari or Vardavari. It was performed by Armenian women since ancient times all over historical Armenia showing the grace and the gentleness of the Armenian woman. 

Dancers Mariam (Left) & Gayane (Right) with Hripsime

And finally the audience had an opportunity to get in touch with Indian miracle – the music of Tabla, by Armenian Tabla Player Karen. An armenian who spent most part of his life - almost 30 years practicing hatha yoga. Moreover he plays an Indian national instrument Tabla for more than 25 years. His passion led him to Moscow where he started learning Tabla playing from 7 Gurus at the embassy of India in Moscow.

Armenian Tabla Player Karen, mesmerizing IAF audience with his musical magic

At the end of the meeting one of the participants, famous Armenian-Indian singer Radhe Shyam (original name Dustrik Babayan) expressed her grattitude for the meeting and her will to present a song to IAF co-founders. She performed a Hindi song called "Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

General Cultural Scholarship Scheme of ICCR

ICCR (INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS ) was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. The Council helps formulate and implement policies pertaining to India’s external cultural relations, to foster mutual understanding between India and other countries and to promote cultural exchanges with other peoples.

One of the major activities of the ICCR is its scholarship programme. The ICCR annually offers about 2325 scholarships under 21 scholarship schemes.

The embassy of India in Armenia is authorized to conduct The General Cultural Scholarship Scheme in  Armenia.GCSS is one of the most important and popular schemes of the ICCR for foreign students.

Scholarships are awarded under this scheme annually to international students belonging to certain Asian, African and Latin American countries for the undergraduate, postgraduate degrees and for pursuing research at Indian universities. However, scholarships for medical studies for MBBS, BDS or for medical research leading to a Ph.D. degree are not offered under the GCSS scheme. Within the framework of this program there are 2 slots for meritorious students from Armenia to study under graduate/post graduate courses in Arts, Science, Engineering, Indian classical dance, music and fine arts in educational institutions in India.

The candidates should have fluent knowledge of English.  The selected candidates will be given a monthly scholarship, book allowance, hostel accommodation subject to availability and reimbursement of tuition fees.  However, the candidates will have to bear their own international air passage from Armenia to India and back. 

You can find all needed information with these links below:

Application Form for Scholarships for Foreign Students, 2011
Guidelines for ICCR Scholarship Holders, 2011
List of Universities Recognised by the University Grants Commission of India
Scholarship Terms for Different Courses

The scholarships are usually announced in the month of December for ensuing academic year.  Please watch for announcements.  Meanwhile, for The General Cultural Scholarship Scheme interested candidates may contact Embassy of India on any working day between 10:00 am - 17:00 pm.

For other scholarship schemes offered by ICCR  you have to contact the ICCR directly.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Scholarship opportunities in India

Many of the young members of our Indo-Armenian society are interested whether there is an opportunity to study in India and what is the procedure for that. To meet this need we are going to provide you with all needed information about each program. Meanwhile we would appreciate all those who have already taken any of these opportunities to share their experience with applicants in order to help them to orientate better.

The Government of India offers 3 types of scholarship programs for Armenian citizens which can be implemented at the Indian embassy in Armenia. Also a memorandum of understanding was signed between The National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia and  Indian National Science Academy on scientific cooperation.

We are going to introduce to you each program in separate posts:

General Cultural Scholarship Scheme of ICCR

Scholarship offer from the Government of India 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

CTS-2011: Country of Talking Stones

On 25-26 May, 2011 International Tourism Fair was held in Marriott Hotel Yerevan, Armenia.

CTS2011 is an international event focused on the development of regional tourism.The event is organized by the Armenian Association of Travel Agents (AATA) and Armenian Chapter of American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) under the patronage of RA Ministry of Economy with the support of the Armenian-German cooperation program (GTZ) and the Union of Armenia Hotels

Travel agencies and tour operators, airlines, hotels and resorts, insurance companies, public and non-governmental organizations, tourism publications, information agencies, educational institutions, restaurants, organizations supporting tourism sector and leading brandy and wine producers participate in the Fair from different country.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wishing good luck to YSMU students

Dear Friends,

Today is a significant day for some of our group members - Students of the last grade of Yerevan State Medical University. They complete their education today and knock the door of a new phase in their professional life.

Let's wish them good luck and success not only in career but also in personal life. The IAF sincerely hope that wherever their life takes them, they will never forget Armenia and those years spent here will remain in their mind and hearts.

We urge all of those members to keep abreast with IAF updates and if possible always be ready to volunteer the cause of IAF.

Wish you all a very good luck.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Dear Friends, as FACEBOOK is archiving all Old Groups soon, so we will soon be converted into New Group, in which we might lose connections with each others. As a SOLUTION, we have created this FAN PAGE where we all can be connected to each others. Also we will have information, who is posting what at each postings. Please Join in great number and invite your friends too to join this. 


 India-Armenia Friendship (IAF)


It's been indeed a great journey of solidarity for India-Armenia friendship and we hope it will take us towards creating a history of Mutual love and respect at the most grass-root level too.

Looking forward to see you all there.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Embassy of India organized Indian Film Screening in Yerevan

By Nelly Manucharyan

23, 24 and 25 March 2011
Yerevan, Congress Hotel, Klimt Hall

The Embassy of India in Armenia recently held the screening of Indian Documentary and Feature Films.

The goal of this event was to represent the historical diversity of Indian culture through the motion pictures and documentaries. The program of the events consisted of two films each day: one documentary and one feature film.

During the screening days, the invited viewers had the opportunity to discover India by watching Documentary films such as Humsaye - Two Nations, Two Neighbors (audio-Russian), India by Choice (audio-Russian), Incredible India: welcome to Goa, as well as to enjoy modern films of Indian cinematography like Om Shanti Om, Bhool-Bhulaiyaa, We are Family with English subtitles.

The participating viewers expressed their gratitude to the organizers of this event and took with them new impressions and knowledge about the unique culture and civilization of India.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Embassy of India organised a Hindi lanuage Competition

In Armenia there are currently three educational institutes where Hindi is taught as a subject. These are Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Bryusov, Yerevan Humanities Institute and Galiq College in Ijevan. On March 19 on the occasion of Hindi Day the Embassy of India organized a competition among the students of these three institutions.

At Yerevan State Linguistic University Hindi is taught as a second and third foreign language. The Hindi Chair at the University was established by Indian Council of Cultural Relations of the Government of India in February 2010. The lecturer is Mrs Anita Verma. Within one year, the number of students enrolled in learning Hindi has increased from 15 to 70.

Yerevan Humanities Institute started its activity in 1991. Hripsime Nersisyan who was studying Hindi at this Institute started teaching Hindi here in 2008 after completing her one-year scholarship at Agra University, India.

The Hindi class of Galiq College was established in February 2003. Hindi is taught by Astghik Aghajanyan who studied Hindi in India.

Among the 28 participants 7 were from YSLU, 7 were from YHI and 11 were from Galiq College. The participants were mainly girls and only 1 boy was there to represent Galiq College.
Anita Verma, Astghik Aghajanyan, Hripsime Nersisyan