March 11, 2006 - 16:14 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net
- First Hamshenian
CD, which was released in the Krasnodar Territory, has collected together most popular musical compositions, performed in the Hamshen dialect of the Armenian language, reported the Yerkramas, the newspaper of Armenians of Russia. Compositions are performed by Caravan band with organizational support of Armenian Hamshen Scientific, Information and Cultural Center and material assistance of local philanthropists.
In 2006 Hamshen Scientific, Information and Cultural Center plans urgent research of the regions, where Hamshen Armenians live, working out the structure of Hamshen Encyclopedia, publishing scientific bulletins on issues of Hamshen Armenians, forming a web-site of the organization, forming ideas and script for a documentary, issuing Hamshen library book series, creation of Hamshen folklore theater, organization of all-Hamshen cultural festival, etc. According to experts, up to 250 thousand Hamshen Armenians compactly live in Kuban, Adygeya and Abkhazia. They come from Hamshen region of Western Armenia (now territory of Turkey). They moved to Kuban in the middle of the XIX century and early XX century after the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. They speak a special - Hamshen -dialect of the Armenian language.