A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Momčilo Moma Nikolić

Momo was born in the ancient city of Novi Sad in Vojvodina, a multi-cultural province of the former Yugoslavia. The rich heritage of his upbringing instilled in him a love of Slavic and classical music. Momo studied music at the music school "Isidor Bajic" in Novi Sad. He is an extremely gifted musician, who plays many stringed instruments. Momo plays the Prim Tamburitza, and is known to be a master of this instrument. He was a member of the great Tamburitza orchestra of RTV-Novi Sad (1970-1990) as instrumental soloist. He is best known in performing with the legendary Janika Balaz Orchestra "8 Tamburitza of Petrovaradin."


Momo recorded many audio and video tapes, LP records, CD's and also appeared in many TV shows and movies. Momo has performed as instrumental and vocal soloist throughout Europe, Canada, United States and Australia. He performed with the Janika Balaz Orchestra in Washington DC at the International Folk Festival in 1973, organized by the Smithsonian Institution, which inspires a new generation of Tamburitza musicians of this style in America. After immigrating to Canada, he continued his musical career playing concerts across North America. Through the American and Canadian Music Federation as an International Guest Artist, Momo performed at Epcot Center, Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Momo has dedicated his teaching and performing career to achieve his goal of preserving the Tamburitza and the old-town romantic music in their purest artistic forms. Mr. Momo Nikolic is internationally recognized as one of the finest Tamburitza players in the world.

From Reverend Paul Blathers Blog

Momčilo Moma Nikolić rođen je u Novom Sadu u porodici u kojoj se svirala tambura kroz četiri generacije. Srednja muzička škola “Isidor Bajić” širi muzičke vidike.

1970, godine postao je član Velikog tamburaškog orkestra RT Novi Sad, a potom se pridružio legendarnom tamburaškom orkestru “Osam tamburaša”.

Godine prolaze mirno. Orkestar “Osam tamburaša” snima muziku za filmove, učestvuje u TV Muzičkim emisijama i TV programima širom Evrope. Snimljeno je na hiljade minuta muzike iz raznih žanrova. Sviralo se i pevalo na koncertima u svim metropolama širom sveta.

Bard za bardom s tamburom i pesmom odlaze u večnu legendu. Nekrunisani kralj tambure g-din Janika Balaž pridružuje se bardovima i nebeskom carstvu, 1988, godine.

Moma Nikolić, te iste godine, na poziv iz Severne Amerike odlazi iz voljenog Novog Sada kao predavač tambure i ujedno nastavlja svoju muzičku karijeru predstavljajući na najvišem nivou pesmu i muziku sa područja Srbije i široke, pitome i ravne Vojvodine.

1996, godine kao internacionalni gost artist angažovan je da na godinu dana predstavlja muziku naših naroda u jednoj od najvećih svetskih muzičkih scena u svetu “Diznilendu” u Floridi, SAD-u. Gospodin MOma Nikolić ujedno promoviše interkulturalnost i multikulturalnost u dijaspori.

Godine 2007, u Kaliforniji, Los Anđelesu gospodinu Momčilu Momi Nikoliću, rođenom Novosađaninu i najmlađem članu orkestra “Osam tamburaša s’ Petrovaradina”, dodeljena je Američka nagrada “Hall of fame” – Kuća slavnih ; dodela muzičke nagrade za negovanje kulturne tradicije, očuvanje i prezentovanje tambure, muzike i pesme svih naroda i narodnosti sa područja Srbije u Dijaspori, kao i za negovanje kulturne tradicije sa područja Vojvodine.

Naglašavamo da je gospodin Momčilo Momo Nikolić jedini sa podneblja Vojvodine i bivše Jugoslavije kojem je ur učena tako prestižna nagrada. Gospodin Nikolić ujedno promoviše interkulturalnost i multikulturalnost kako u dijaspori tako i multinacionalnoj Vojvodini. Gospodin Nikolić je autor knjige “Beše nkad osam tamburaša”, čiji predgovor je napisao čuveni glumac Rade Šerbedžija. Knjiga je prevedena i izdata na engleskom jeziku (“Tamburaške legende”), kao i na nekoliko svetskih jezika, čija se izdanja očekuju u toku ove godine.

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Aleksandar Petrov

Aleksandar Petrov, born in Nis (Yugoslavia) 1938, received his Ph.D. at the University of Zagreb. For many years he was Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Literature and Art in Belgrade and Director of the History of Literature Department.

As an outstanding poet and novelist, Aleksandar Petrol is featured in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (v. 181, 242-250 p.p., Washington D.C. and London 1997) as one of the most important Serbian writers of the post World War II period. He has served as President of the Writers’ Association of Serbia and Acting President of the Writers’ Association of the former Yugoslavia. Petrov is a member of the International P.E.N. and several other literary and academic associations.

He has taught at over ten universities in the U.S.A. and has lectured extensively in many countries of the world. Since 1993, he is affiliated with The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.  Petrov has published 8 books of poems in Serbia and translations of his books were published – in Britain, France, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Poland, Israel, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the U.S.A. His poems were translated into 29 languages and included in anthologies of World, European, Yugoslav and Serbian poetry.


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Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0