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.

From Dunavski salaši

People Directory

Desko Nikitovic

Desko Nikitovic, Executive Chairman of East Point Holdings, was born in Arilje, Serbia on November 11, 1960. He received his law degree from the University of Belgrade in 1989. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Nikitovic was an active member of the “opposition movement” advocating democracy in Serbia. He immigrated to the United States in 1990 and has lived in Chicago for the past 26 years.

As a representative of Serbian diaspora in the United States, Mr. Nikitovic made numerous appearances on US national and local television and radio programs, promoting democratic changes in Yugoslavia. He served as President of the Serbian Unity Congress in Chicago, from 1998-2002.

In January of 2003, Nikitovic was appointed Consul General of Serbia in Chicago.

During his tenure as Consul General, Mr. Nikitovic pursued strong economic ties with the United States. He secured the prominent “Sister City” relationship between the Serbian Capitol Belgrade and the City of Chicago.

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The Church at Prayer

by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra

Publisher’s note

Many readers of the addresses of Elder Aimilianos, which have been published in the five-volume series, rchimandrite Aimilianos, Spiritual Instructions and Discourses (Ormylia, 1998-2003), have frequently expressed the wish for an abridged and more accessible form of his teaching. In response, we are happy to inaugurate a new series of publications incorporating key texts from the above-mentioned collection. Other considerations have also contributed o this new project, such as the selection of specific texts which address important, contemporary questions; the need for a smaller, more reader-friendly publication format; and the necessity for editing certain passages in need of clarification, without however altering their basic meaning.

Above all, the works collected in this volume reflect the importance which the Elder consistently attached to prayer, spirituality, community life, worship, and liturgy. Thus the experientially based works "On Prayer", and "The Prayer of the Holy Mountain", which deal primarily with the Prayer of the Heart, appear first, followed by the summary addresses on "The Divine Liturgy", and "Our Church Attendance". These are in turn followed by the more socially oriented discourses on "Our Relations with Our Neighbor", and "Marriage: The Great Sacrament". Finally, the present volume closes with the sermons on "Spiritual Reading" and "The Spiritual Life", which in a simple and yet compelling manner set forth the conditions for "ascending to heaven on the wings of the Spirit".

It is our hope that The Church at Prayer will meet the purpose for which it is issued and will serve as a ready aid and support for those who desire God and eternal life in Him.