— Gayane Khachatryan
“9 января … приехал Миша Вартанов, самый преданный человек. Дивный человек… Вартанов дивную речь сказал…”
— Гаянэ Хачатрян
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 and Vartanov during the speech that Gayane Khachatryan recalled (above). Six months later, when Parajanov passed away in July 1990 at age 66, (in 2009 Gayane also passed away at age 66) Gayane Khachatryan appeared in Mikhail Vartanov’s Parajanov: The Last Spring.