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Silva Kaputikyan

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Silva Barunaki "Sirvard" Kaputikyan (Armenian: Սիլվա Կապուտիկյան, 20 January 1919 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia - 25 August 2006, Yerevan) was a 20th century prominent Armenian poet, writer, academian and public activist.

She was awarded by the "Renowned Master of Arts" Armenian SSR (1971) and "Renowned Worker of Arts" Georgian SSR (1980) official titles, State prizes of USSR (1952) and Armenian SSR (1988), "Nosside" Italian prize, ordens of St. Mesrob Mashtots (Yerevan,Armenia) and "Knyaginia Olga". She was a member of International PEN.

In February 1988, during a reception in Kremlin, Mikhail Gorbachev said that he and his wife, Raisa, greatly admired Kaputikyan's poetry. She appeared as herself in the 1992 documentary "Parajanov: The Last Spring", about Sergei Paradjanov, a legendary film-maker of Armenian descent who was persecuted by Soviet authorities (Sayat Nova).