Thursday , 21 October 2021

Culture

Expanding the horizons of the kamancheh

en.qantara.de – German-Iranian Misagh Joolaee was recently recognised for widening the scope of playing the Persian spiked fiddle with the German Record Critics’ Award. Mariam Brehmer listened to his new album The kamancheh, also known as the Persian spiked fiddle, is a mainstay in Iranian art music and has been popularised on the international stage by the virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor. This delicate bowed …

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‘Sunless Shadows’ Review: A Harsh Look at Iranian Women in Prison

nytimes.com – Mehrdad Oskouei’s latest documentary, “Sunless Shadows,” is a startling, raw confrontation with Iran’s patriarchy. A poignant follow-up to his 2016 “Starless Dreams,” about teenage girls in a Tehran juvenile detention center, the new movie focuses on a group of adolescent girls and older women imprisoned for murdering male relatives. (Both documentaries are part of a virtual Oskouei retrospective at the …

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Iran Reverses Decision to Give Public Lands To Religious Endowment Following Uproar

Radiofarda – Public uproar over news that vast lands around Damavand Mountain, a national symbol was handed over to a religious endowment has forced the state to reverse its decision and return the land to government ownership. Hamshahri newspaper in Tehran reported on Sunday, July 26, that an official title deed had been issued to Iran’s Endowment and Charity Organization …

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Court Donates Part of Iran’s Highest Mountain To A Religious Organization

Radiofarda – In an odd and unprecedented ruling Iran’s Supreme Court has handed over the ownership of part of the country’s highest mountain, Mount Damavand, to an organization that operates under the direct supervision of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Hamshahri newspaper in Tehran reported on Sunday July 26 that an official title deed has been issued to Iran’s Endowments Organization …

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THE FAIRIES: An opera banned in Tehran is released in Amsterdam

PayvandNews – The Persian Dutch Network presents a recording which has been banned in Tehran for three decades: an opera based on a famous poem by Ahmad Shamlu, known as the ‘Poet of Freedom’ in Persia (Iran) Shamlu was an outspoken advocate for freedom of speech in his homeland, which caused serious restrictions to his activities, imposed by both the monarchy …

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Newly unearthed workshops may push back history of Isfahan by millennia

PayvandNews – Archaeologists have unearthed the ruins of two workshops, estimated to date from the Parthian era (247 BC – 224 CE), in Isfahan in a significant discovery that may push back the history of the central Iranian city in time by millennia. “The structures of two Parthian workshops – one, relating to a metal melting kiln and the other to a …

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Funeral for Muslim Sect’s Spiritual Leader Draws Thousands to Sulaymaniyah

VOA – Thousands of Sufi mourners attended the funeral of their spiritual leader, Sheikh Mohammad al-Kasnazani, Friday in Iraq’s northeastern city of Sulaymaniyah. Among the mourners were more than 500 Iranian Kurdish Sufis who forced their way through the Iran-Iraq border to participate in the funeral rituals. VOA’s Rebaz Majeed attended the funeral and filed this report narrated by Bezhan …

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Tehran’s Anthropology Museum ‘Cleaned Out’ By Burglars

Radiofarda – Burglars have “cleaned out” the Museum of Anthropology of old Tehran without leaving traces, the state-run Iran Students News Agency, ISNA, reports. The museum is in a mansion called Sara-ye Kazemi in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tehran. The burglary took place three weeks ago and it is not clear why law enforcement and media did not …

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