Some of the Armenian Arts Funds’ past accomplishments include a landmark recording of Komitas Vardapet’s Divine Liturgy, performed entirely on duduks by the Winds of Passion Quartet; the first-ever Armenian program for the KCRW World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl; the concert Armenia Unbound: A Musical Journey at the J. Paul Getty Museum; and an unprecedented night of music, Spirit of Armenia, at the 2007 KCRW World Festival, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
Partamian is also a talk-show host, renowned for helping shape public discourse in Los Angeles and beyond through his politically incorrect commentaries and analyses of current affairs.
Future Armenian Arts Fund projects include The Armenian in America, a sprawling film documentary of off-the-beaten track Armenian life in the United States as well as a companion book; and Gifts to the World: A Compendium of Armenian Contributions to Humanity, due to be released in April 2015, on the 100th anniversary of Medz Yeghern.
“Bari Luys” The TV Program.
Every Friday night, Stepan Partamian gives viewers a lot to think and react about. Once a week, Partamian bids ”Bari Luys” to his viewers, even at night. “Armenians don’t realize ’Bari Luys’ doesn’t mean ‘Good Morning.’ We have ‘Bari Aravod’ for that, but Armenians think they can’t use the words ‘Bari Luys’ at night. Saying ‘Bari Luys’ is wishing positive energy to people. The concept is to enrich ourselves, our surroundings, and to enrich our thoughts and lives. Symantics, choice of words, and speaking a dialect free of foreign words is one of the issues that Partamian addresses on his weekend call-in show called “The Armenian.” This Internetcast also gives viewers an opportunity to discuss the Armenian identity and address issues like who is an Armenian, do Armenians have to be Christians, and what is the Armenian national identity. “It’s ironic that Armenians use foreign words in their day-to-day dialect and
that they ar not aware they are using foreign words. ‘The Armenian’ is here to remind viewers that ‘Azis’ is an Arabic word, that ‘Jan’ or ‘Jana’ are Turkish words, and that ‘concrete’ is an English word. In addition to challenging viewers about their use of language, Partamian asks provocative questions like whether it’s worth spending $25 million a year on Armenian schools when the result is several hundred graduates who can barely speak the language and know little about Armenian culture and history. “The show is about Armenian Hypocrasy, the hypocrasy of the church in our national identity, the hypocrasy of individuals saying one thing and doing another.”