Sunday , 25 October 2020

Culture

Mohammad Reza Shajarian embodied the timeless beauty of Persian music

theguardian.com I vividly remember the first time I met Mohammad Reza Shajarian on a summer afternoon in Berlin in 2011. He was touring Europe, along with his daughter Mojgan and an ensemble of young musicians. For Iranians, this was – along with North America – the only place they could experience their great idol on stage, given that the outspoken …

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Iranians Mourn The Death Of Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian

Mohammad Reza Shajarian, a master of traditional Iranian music hailed as one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices of all Time, died at age 80 on Thursday afternoon in Tehran. Four years earlier, he had appeared in front of the cameras for the last time, announcing that he had had kidney cancer for 15 years. Minutes after his death was “announced outside …

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New Deputy Head Of Iran’s Radio And TV Appointed

Radiofarda – The head of the Islamic Republic Radio and Television, Ali Askari, has appointed his brother-in-law, Hamid Shahabadi, as the Deputy Director of the “Seda va Sima” (Voice and Vision) monopolized state-run radio and television network on Wednesday, October 7. Shahabadi is replacing Morteza Mirbaqeri, who, except for a limited period, was the second-in-command of the organization under the …

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Iran protesters chant ‘death to dictator’ after death of renowned musician Shajarian

Al-Arabia – A gathering of fans of the late Iranian composer and singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian in the capital Tehran outside the hospital where he died turned into an anti-government protest Thursday evening, with demonstrators chanting “death to the dictator,” according to videos shared on social media. Shajarian, 80, died of a heart attack in Tehran’s Jam hospital on Thursday, his son …

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A calligrapher writes with light to keep tradition alive

PBS.com – Karim Jabbari still remembers how painful it was to walk down the street with his family as a child and see his neighbors turn away. “No one was willing to talk to us in public,” he says. Jabbari’s father was a political prisoner, an activist and “public enemy” of the dictatorship that then ruled Tunisia. His family was …

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Olivia Colman-Narrated Documentary About Iranian Activist Nasrin Sotoudeh Acquired By Virgil Films

deadline.com – Virgil Films & Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Nasrin, a documentary about activist Nasrin Sotoudeh narrated by Oscar winner Olivia Colman. Sotoudeh is a human rights activists and an outspoken leader of Iran’s women’s rights movement. Last week, she cited serious health concerns in ending a six-week hunger strike in Evin Prison, where she has been serving a nearly four-decade sentence. Millions of people from …

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Iranian Lecturers Protest Shi’ite Scholars Teaching Persian Language

Radiofarda – The professors of the Iranian Association of Persian Language and Literature have lambasted Iran’s Ministry of Education (MoE) for employing Twelver-Shi’ite seminary scholars to teach Persian in schools across Iran. Based on MoE’s new guidelines, the second and third grade seminaries’ graduates are officially qualified to teach Persian in Iranian high schools, meaning the MoE has recognized the …

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A Cat On Stage Leads To Banning A Play In Tehran

Radiofarda – The presence of a cat in a play staged in Tehran by the prominent Iranian director Mohammad Rahmanian has unleashed the country’s censorship authorities to ban the production. The six-episode play, “Love in Days of Corona [virus],” starring Mahtab Nasirpour, Sima Tirandaz, and Behnoosh Tabataba’ei, was staged at the Bagh (Graden) Cafe in the Roudaki Complex. After just …

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