LOS ANGELES (Combined Sources) — Renowned Armenian singer Adiss Harmandian passed away on Sunday, September 1, at the UCLA Santa Monica hospital. He had been battling cancer for 15 years. He was 74
Harmandian, a Lebanese-Armenian, born to Armenian Genocide survivors on January 14, 1945 in Beirut, began his career as a singer in the 1960s. His first single, Dzaghigner, quickly gained popularity among Lebanese and Diasporan Armenians.
Harmandian is considered a pioneer of the estradayin genre of Armenian music. Songs in the genre, such as Harmandian’s own Nouné or Karoun Karoun were primarily sung in Armenian, and were influential in the formation of the Armenian identity in Lebanon and the Diaspora.
Harmandian released more than 30 albums and around 400 songs throughout his career and had received numerous awards, both internationally and within the Republic of Armenia.