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    Belmont Citizen-Herald
    May 31 2009

    NAASR to host illustrated talk on Armenians in India Thursday

    By National Association for Armenian Studies and Research Center
    Sun May 31, 2009, 09:16 AM EDT

    Belmont, Mass. -
    Dr. Omar Khalidi of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at
    the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will give an illustrated
    lecture entitled `Three Centuries of Armenian Heritage in India,' at 8
    p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the National Association for Armenian
    Studies and Research (NAASR) Center, 395 Concord Ave. in Belmont. This
    lecture is the second talk given in memory of Arshag Merguerian
    (1926-2005), architect and an active member and friend of NAASR for
    nearly fifty years. The expenses for the lecture will be covered by
    funds contributed to NAASR in Merguerian's memory.

    Though Armenians were in India from early times, the Armenian presence
    in India is well-documented from the 16th century, after the
    establishment of the important mercantile community in New Julfa in
    Persia. The community grew in size and importance in the 17th and 18th
    centuries, with many Armenians rising to positions of prominence, and
    publishing and the arts thrived.

    Dr. Khalidi's lecture will give an overview of India's Armenian
    diaspora, its churches, cemeteries, and related art, in such locations
    as Kolkata (Calcutta), Bombay, Delhi, Agra, Surat, Hyderabad, Madras,
    Dhaka (in modern Bangladesh), and elsewhere.

    Dr. Omar Khalidi has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of
    Wales. Born and raised in Hyderabad, he is the author of several books
    and articles on art and architecture and Indian politics and history,
    including `Approaches to Mosque Design in North America' and Muslims
    in Indian Economy. He was invited by the Armenian Church in Calcutta
    for its 300th anniversary celebration in November 2008.

    Admission to the event is free (donations appreciated). The NAASR
    Center is located in Belmont opposite the First Armenian Church and
    next to the U.S. Post Office. Parking is available around the building
    and in adjacent areas. The lecture will begin promptly at 8 p.m.

    More information about the lecture is available by calling
    617-489-1610, faxing 617-484-1759, e-mailing [email protected], or writing
    to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478. ws_calendar/x1175994622/NAASR-to-host-illustrated- talk-on-Armenians-in-India-Thursday

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress