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Misha Ashourian

Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 04:43 PM CT

At only seventeen, he wrote his first poem which was clearly indicative of his ephemeral passion for love and affinity to nationalism. Little did he know the few lines he had created would pave the way for a lifelong contribution to the world of Assyrian art. Today, the collection of his work has without a doubt become one of the pillars which supports the structure of Assyrian literature, music and theater.

Misha Ashourian was born in November of 1934, in Hamadan, Iran. An ordinary child, he grew up like most of his peers obtaining his elementary education at a local school. He completed high school in his place of birth and upon graduating he relocated to Tehran.

Misha was granted admission into the Finance Department at ICS Institute of Great Britian. He completed his studies through a correspondence program and was awarded a degree in the field of Cost Accounting. In addition, Misha also attended the Institute of Fine Arts where he learned the skills and techniques of theater and acting.

An accountant by academic background, Misha's passion for writing and acting kept him involved in the professional arena of theater. He soon found himself a colleague to some of the most prominent theatrical figures in Iran. His work ranged from drama to scriptwriting, acting to directing and theater to motion pictures. Ashourian continued to work as a scriptwriter with directors such as Samuel Khachikian. He was one of the seven certified official scriptwriters of the Actors Syndicate of Iran, and hosted Queen Farah during her visits to the organization.

Perhaps what is most impressive about Misha's artistic career, is his constant devotion to the Assyrian culture and heritage. Combining his writing skills and literary knowledge, Misha has managed to compose over 200 nationalistic and love poems in the Assyrian language. For nearly four decades now, Ashourian's work has been counterpoising the music of Assyrian masterminds such as Soren Mayelian, Vania David, Sargon Mayelian, and the classical talent Maestro Nebu Issabey.

Aside from his achievements in the field of literature, Misha has been devoting his recent years to the study of philosophy and meditation. He has developed a profound understanding of different schools of thought, namely Zen, TM, Yoga, and Sufism. He is often invited to deliver his thoughts and present his views in various group gatherings.

In his own words: "My passion and enthusiasm for writing is derived from an endless love for my people. To love and to give to my nation, is how I will accomplish the immortality of my culture and ensure its existence. We, the Assyrians, have contributed to the world the greatest gift of all times: wisdom. We ought to be proud and continue sharing our talents with mankind. In life, individuals should not feel bound by uncontrollable circumstances and shortfalls. Goals and objectives are achieved through hard work and determination. One should always rely on his or her own inner-self to realize the final fruition of their work."

Misha Ashourian currently resides in San Jose, CA. His work has left an everlasting influence on contemporary Assyrian art and culture. His work will continue to be a source of inspiration to Assyrians worldwide.

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