Thursday , 21 October 2021

Culture

VIDEOS: Iran’s National Instruments Orchestra Pays Tributes to COVID-19 Healthcare Staff

PayvandNews – With the aim of expressing appreciation for the medical staff from around globe, the Iran’s National Instruments Orchestra performed “The Avicenna Suite” by maestro Farhad Fakhreddini. The work has been recorded and edited by cell phone at home. Iran National Orchestra plays Hossein Dehlavi’s “Sabokbal” piece in quarantine to appreciate Iran’s health protectors. Presented by: Roudaki Artistic Cultural Center.

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COVID-19 Burial Reveals Ancient Skeleton, Artifacts In Iran

Radiofarda – Digging a deep grave to bury a COVID-19 victim in a tiny northern Iranian village has revealed remnants of a soldier and some artifacts buried with him from the Parthian era (247 BC – 224 AD). The discovery was accidentally made when a digging machine brought the remnants of a skeleton and some artifacts to the surface. Mehdi …

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Prolific prisoner, revisited visionary, revered record store

bostonglobe.com – We might be chafing at the stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 crisis, but Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi has for years endured a similar but far graver confinement and made the most of it. In 2010 an Iranian court punished his outspokenness with a six-year prison term, later reduced to house arrest, plus a 20-year ban on making movies. Since then …

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PHOTOS: On the verge of oblivion? Meet stone lions deserted in southwest Iran

PayvandNews – Some cultural heritage enthusiasts say that hundreds of stone lions, which were placed on top of the tombstones of brave and courageous people of Bakhtiari tribe in the past, are now on the verge of oblivion and even fading away. Bakhtiari nomads regard such stone statues, locally called ‘Bard Shirs’ as a symbol of bravery, valor, and characteristics …

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Sassanid Inscription Unearthed In Ancient Iran Necropolis Being Deciphered

Radiofarda – Experts are working to decipher a newly discovered inscription unearthed in an ancient necropolis near Persepolis, an official of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran, said on Monday. The inscription which dates from the Sassanian period (224-651 AD) was found in Naqsh-e Rostam and is written in Pahlavi language (also known as Middle Persian) which was the official …

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Coronavirus Pandemic Creates A Very Different Ramadan Experience For Muslims

RFL/RE – Millions of Muslims around the world are now abstaining from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset to mark the holy month of Ramadan, which concludes in late May. The Islamic month of fasting is when Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad and is about togetherness. It is marked by joyful group “iftars,” where …

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Lessons on humanity from Persian literature

PayvandNews – All of Iran’s celebrations this year to mark Sadi Day on April 20 will be organized online due to the COVID-19 disaster.  Mausoleum of Persian poet Sheikh Muslih od-Din Sadi Shirazi, Shiraz.(photo by Amin Berenjkar, Tehran Times) The day marks the anniversary of the completion of the Gulistan (The Rose Garden), a major work of the classical Persian literature …

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Iran Hardliner Cleric Says UNICEF Is America’s Agent

Radiofarda – An outspoken cleric who supervises Iran’s Qods Force says the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is Washington’s agent, assigned to culturally infiltrate the clergy-dominated country. Meanwhile, the mid-ranking cleric, Ali Shirazi, who is Supreme Leader Ali khamenei’s appointed man to watch the Qods (Quds) Force has called for defying UNICEF and countering its activities in Iran. …

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Popular Iranian TV Series Criticized For ‘Unforgivable’ Scenes Reminiscent Of Shah-Era Shows

RFL/RE – Until recently, the Iranian television series Paytakht (Capital) was praised for promoting state policies — including Tehran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — while also attracting viewers who usually watch satellite TV for entertainment. But Paytakht has recently been accused by hard-liners of being manipulated by Iran’s enemies for perceived immoral content and scenes that resemble those …

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Spanish Prime Minister Quotes Persian Poet in Inspirational Speech to His Nation About Coronavirus

kodoom.com – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose own spouse is infected with coronavirus, while announcing the extension of coronavirus-related quarantine in this country, quoted verses of the renowned Iranian poet Saadi in order to inspire unity, solidarity and empathy among people in these difficult circumstances: “The strength of society comes from being able to count on each other. According to Persian …

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