DETROIT — “A woman of culture, a prolific artist, actress, inspiring teacher and Armenian activist” are the words Dr. Raffi Belian used to describe Nora Azadian, who was honored for her 20 years of service as chairman of Detroit’s Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) on Sunday, November 24. A festive reception at the Belian Art Center hosted by the TCA and the Belian family, brought together a diverse group of Tekeyan members and long-time friends on the occasion of her retirement as chairman of the TCA.
Guests mingled as they casually strolled through the gallery during the cocktail hour and viewed the stunning special exhibition of her paintings.
Belian welcomed the attendees and spoke of his admiration for Nora Azadian, who although has always exhibited an aristocratic flair, has been able to relate to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. “She has enriched the lives of all who know her,” he said.
Throughout the evening, friends and colleagues shared memories and praised Azadian for her integrity and principles. While at the helm of the organization, in addition to exposing the community to Armenian art and culture, she was a strong advocate for the Sponsor a Teacher Program and the Orphans’ Higher Education Program. Her efforts to help these causes will continue.
The musical interlude included pianist, Arsho Avedikian, a graduate of the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan and violinist Harry Hovakimian who played an old romantic piece, Garmeer Varter. A recitation of Vahan Tekayan’s “Ode to the Armenian Language” was movingly recited by Anahid Toumajan. Later in the evening an impromptu performance was given by violinist Henrik Karapetian following which Mike Arzoumanian surprised the guests by playing a number of popular pieces on the piano.