In 1910 he joins the Ottoman Army in the Marash region.
In 1913, two years before the battle of Musa Dagh, he leaves for the United States, looking for a better life. After staying in America for 33 years he returns to Anjar, Lebanon, to join his people in building a new homeland in exile. That's why his compatriots called him "Ashough Dolar Baboug" (Composer Grandpa Dollar.)
Although he was not a professional song writer, he has written many poems and songs in Armenian and Musa Dagh dialect. His famous song is called "From The Villages of Musa Dagh", written and composed by him. This song is about the hardships of the peoples of Musa Dagh and Anjar.