One of the founders of Armenian Gusan music, composer Gusan Sheram (Grigor Karapet Talyan) was born on March 20, 1857. He was born in Alexandropol (now Gyumri). Little Grigor used to spend most of the day in his father’s cafe, where ashughs were gathering. After his father’s death, he was a student of a carpenter, then a salesman. As a teenager, he learnt not only to play on musical instruments, but also to make them. Grigor formed a trio and performed in Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi (Georgia) and other cities.
The poet Hovhannes Hovhannisyan named him Sheram as the creator of delicate songs after Grigor’s speech in Baku, 1914. Before that there was a teacher living in Baku with the name Sheram. The poem “Victims of Love” by the teacher Sheram was published in Baku,in 1904, which is often confused with the poet Sheram.
His first song-poem “A Rose Has Opened in the Garden” was published in the “Games and Poems” selection by Alexander Mkhitaryan in 1900 .
His collection of songs “Love and Fight” was published in Gyumri, in 1907. He was a member of the Writers’ Union of the USSR from 1936. The famous poet died in Yerevan on July 3, 1938.