2013-03-30 17:27:48 UTC
citizen but Armenia's ambassador to Switzerland, claims Turkiye's PM
Erdogan had said in the past that "he hated Armenians and Greeks."
Sometimes anti-Turkish hate propaganda and lies do not work at all.
I hope, wish and also pray that all Armenians and Turks look at the
history without anti-Turkish and anti-Armenian bias.
March 30 2013
Master of oud of Armenian descent announces return to his hometown,
DİYARBAKIR - Doğan News Agency
Picture: Yervant Bostancı left Turkey in 1992 and continued his
musician career in the United States. Bostancı stressed that he wanted
to be the first Armenian to respond to the governments call on
minorities that have migrated away. DHA photo
World-renowned master of oud Yervant Bostancı, a Diyarbakır native of
Armenian descent, announced March 30 that he has decided to return to
his hometown following separate calls by the culture minister and
Diyarbakır mayor for minorities that have emigrated to return to
Bostancı, who has been living in California for 21 years, said he was
set to move to Diyarbakır in June, being the first Armenian to respond
to the calls. "Diyarbakır Mayor Osman Baydemir and other fellow
countrymen wanted me to come back. I could not rip my heart from [my
birthplace]. People should die where they are born. I'm coming to
die," Bostancı said, adding that he did not find genuine happiness in
the United States.
A recent book on his life written by Diyarbakır author Şeyhmus Diken
paid tribute to the musician. He was born in the Hançepek neighborhood
of Diyarbakır, which was also known as the "Gavur (Infidel)
Neighborhood" of Diyarbakır and hosted most of the Armenians who had
survived the events of 1915. Diyarbakır was once home to a large
Armenian community years ago. The municipality has started major
projects to restore Armenian vestiges such as the Surp Giragos Church.
"People constantly tell me, 'You have work in Los Angeles, how you
will leave everything and return to Diyarbakır.' But why shouldn't we
live where we are happy? We Armenians brought our culture with us
everywhere we went. Why should we die in the city of others, feeling
homesick?" Bostancı said.
He told Hürriyet Daily News in an interview last year that he had
decided to leave Turkey after being insulted following a show in 1992.
"I finished the program, and a man came up and asked me why I was
singing in Armenian. I replied, "Because I am Armenian," and then he
started to swear and curse at me. I was terrified, and I decided to
leave Turkey that night," the musician explained.
Bostancı also said the Armenian diaspora in the United States reacted
strongly when he continued singing in Turkish and Kurdish. "I made
this struggle and never gave up," he said.