— Gayane Khachatryan
The painter Gayane Khachatryan (1942-2009) was discovered by Sergei Parajanov, and she always credited him for that. The above quote is from Gayane Khachatryan’s “Story of the Last Voyage” which includes her recollection of the last birthday of Sergei Parajanov on January 9, 1990. Yuri Mechitov in his great photography book Sergei Parajanov: The Chronicle of the Dialogue, on pages 440-441, captured this celebration including that moment when Vartanov gave the speech which Gayane Khachatryan recalls (above). Six months later, when Parajanov passed away in July 1990 at age 66, Gayane Khachatryan appeared in Mikhail Vartanov’s Parajanov: The Last Spring. When Gayane passed away in 2009, she was also 66.
“9 января … приехал Миша Вартанов, самый преданный человек. Дивный человек… Вартанов дивную речь сказал…”
— Гаянэ Хачатрян