Ruben Hakhverdyan (Armenian: Ռուբեն Հախվերդյան) is a popular Armenian poet, guitarist, singer, songwriter and lyricist. Hakhverdyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1950. He attended Yerevan's theater institute and in 1975, earned his degree in television and theater direction. He worked for the city's State Television Network. Hakhverdyan's songs are extremely popular in Armenia. They include the song "Navak" (Boat), which is his most famous children's song. Other popular songs include "Mer Siro Ashune" (The Autumn of Our Love) which is one of Armenia's best known romantic songs.Three songs that Hakhverdyan himself says have influenced him most and have been his all-time favorites are Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles, Amsterdam by Jacques Brel and It's a Man's World by James Brown.