Papuri (L*) Փափուռի / Karsi Bar- Armenia, Kurdistan, Turkey – ANOTHER update


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  1. You are probably aware that, on his 2nd LP Songs & Dances of the Armenian People Vol.2 GT4001 from 1977, Tom Bozigian had a dance called Pompooreeg (side 2, track 6, 2nd dance of a medley with Tamzara). The dance is rather similar to the Papuri taught by Gagik Ginosyan in the YouTube video. Tom reissued a remastered version of the music on CD in 2002 (The Best of … – Volume 1) as a separate track. Another recording was released by Tom on CD Volume 3 in 2005 written as Pompoorig.


      1. Hi Don, I didn’t find a YouTube video of Tom dancing himself, but this one has Tom’s Pompooreeg from the 1977 LP (similar as I learned it from Tom when he was teaching in The Netherlands back in 1979): (Pompooreeg starting at 1:15; this might be a Hong Kong based group). In the dance notes for Tamzara-Pompooreeg that go with this LP Tom writes: “This is a medley consisting of two of the most popular dances done by the Armenian people both in Soviet Armenia and in the Armenian Diaspora. The versions of these two dances were brought by Western (Anatolyan) Armenians to the U.S. during the last decade of the 19thy century and early part of the 20thy century. Several other versions exist from the various folk regions of both Eastern and Western Armenia, having been taken there by travelers and having evolved into other variations. Tom Bozigian danced these two variations as a child in Fresno, Calif.”
        Tom’s version of Pompoorig from the 2005 CD (Tom wrote the name as Pompoori on the blackboard during class, but as Pompoorig on the CD) is rather different from the 1977 version, but I cannot find a YouTube video of this one anywhere (I might possibly have a video recording of Tom’s class in my archive but I would have to look for it).
        Additionally, I found a reference to Papuri in the 1991 book Türk Halk Oyunlari Kültürü (Turkish Folk Dance Culture) written (in Dutch) by the Turkish folk dance teacher Ersin Seyhan who resides in The Netherlands. He mentions Papuri (also written Pappuri) as a dance to be found in the regions Ardahan, Bitlis, Gaziantep and Van. He doesn’t specifically mention anything on Armenian or Kurdish folklore, but presents Papuri in this way as a Turkish dance. Ersin translates the word Papuri as meaning “a plough”.


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