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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – The 8th edition of the Parvin Etesami Film Festival, which highlights films on the theme of women, opened at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on Monday.
     
    Two actresses, Negar Javaherian and Taraneh Alidusti, received lifetime achievement awards from actress Gohar Kheirandish, the Persian service of MNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    “I wish festivals like this, as an independent cinematic movement, would be held more to support short films and independent movies,” Javaherian said in her acceptance speech.
     
    The festival began with a message from Director of the Cinema Organization of Iran Hojjatollah Ayyubi, in which he called the event a festival of stars.
     
    “It is a festival as lofty as the Iranian women who sincerely try to immortalize their art,” reads part of the message.
     
    Director of the forum Majid Sarsangi also made a brief speech, saying that there has been widespread discrimination against women especially in the world of art and cinema.
     
    “The active participation of female filmmakers in this festival is a shining example to challenge the typical image the Western media tries to present of women in general,” he added. 
     
    “I have always emphasized that due attention to art and culture has a significant impact on correction of world’s attention to Iranians and their rich culture,” he added.
     
    A fireworks display and a cake cutting ceremony were the closing programs of the event.
     
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    TEHRAN -- An Iranian group plans to stage a solo performance entitled “Justice Oratorio” based on the Nahj-ul-Balagha of Imam Ali (AS) in Tehran.
     
    Oratorio is an extended musical composition with a text more or less dramatic in character and usually based upon a religious theme, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, and performed without action, costume, or scenery.
     
    “Justice Oratorio” will be performed next week at Vahdat Hall by Asghar Hemmat, one of the leading actors of “Imam Ali (AS)”, Iranian director Davud Mirbaqeri’s acclaimed TV series about the imamate of Ali (AS) and the events leading to his martyrdom.
     
    Eighty-five choral singers and an orchestra composed of 25 musicians will collaborate in the performance, which will be directed by Babak Mehri. In addition, a group of 15 actors led by Yaser Khaseb will perform mime during the oratorio.
     
    “The idea for performing the oratorio came when I saw [Polish director] Wlodzimierz Staniewski stage a performance based on philosophical discourses from Herodotus at the Fajr theater festival [in Tehran this year in January],” Mehri said in a press conference on Monday.
     
    “Herodotus doesn’t have a good reputation among Iranians due to his biased attitudes against Iranians. I became sad at that time when I saw that the discourses of Herodotus were narrated for the audience instead of the sermons of our luminaries,” he added.
     
    “Afterwards, I decided to stage an oratorio based on discourses from Imam Ali (AS), whose martyrdom and the last days of his life have only been highlighted in the country and people have no proper understanding of his thoughts,” Mehri stated.
     
    Hemmat also attended the press conference.
     
    “The performance aims to convey the discourses of Imam Ali (AS) to people,” Hemmat said and added, “Maybe it will do something new and people get to know Imam Ali (AS) as he seems to be.”
     
    “I hope the world see that, beside us, there is a man, whose words are still new after many years,” he stated.
     
    “Justice Oratorio”, which will be performed from October 26 to November 1, is based on the Nahj-ul-Balagha, the most famous collection of sermons, letters and narrations from Imam Ali (AS).
     
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    TEHRAN – The Badr Ali Khan & Brothers Qawwali group from Pakistan captivated the audience during a concert at Tehran’s Milad Tower on Monday night.
     
    The musical extravaganza was organized jointly by the Embassy of Pakistan and the Tehran Municipality.
     
    Several Pakistani nationals residing in Tehran, including Khalida Kanji, Zahid Qureshi, Muhammad Mushtaq Qureshi, Ali Reza Bardai and Reza Pirbhai sponsored the concert.
     
    Pakistani Ambassador Noor Muhammad Jadmani, former Iranian foreign minister Manuchehr Mottaki, the ambassadors of Germany, Austria, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and several other countries attended the concert.
     
    Jadmani and Mottaki addressed the audience before the concert began and stressed the need for increased cultural exchange between Iran and Pakistan. 
     
    Qawwali is a form of Sufi Muslim devotional music characterized by simple melodies, forceful rhythms, and wild improvisations that encourage a state of euphoria in the listener.
     
    Qawwali musicians usually sing praises of Almighty Allah, Prophet Muhammad (S), Imam Ali (AS), Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Hussein (AS).
     
    On Monday, Pakistani Qawwali singers enchanted the audience with their sterling performance. They recited poetry in Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages. The audience particularly enjoyed their performance of traditional Sufi chant (Dhikr) “Allahu Allahu Allahu” and Sufi poet Amir Khusrow’s following poem:
     
    Nami danam chi manzil bood shab jaay ki man boodam;
    (I wonder what was the place where I was last night,)
     
    Baharsu raqs-e bismil bood shab jaay ki man boodam.
    (All around me were half-slaughtered victims of love,
    tossing about in agony.)
     
    Pari paikar nigaar-e sarw qadde laala rukhsare;
    (There was a nymph-like beloved with cypress-like form
    and tulip-like face,)
     
    Sarapa aafat-e dil bood shab jaay ki man boodam.
    (Ruthlessly playing havoc with the hearts of the lovers.)
     
    Khuda khud meer-e majlis bood andar laamakan Khusrow;
    (God himself was the master of ceremonies in that heavenly court,)
     
    Muhammad shamm-e mehfil bood shab jaay ki man boodam.
    (oh Khusrow, where [the face of] Prophet Muhammad too was shedding light like a candle.)
     
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    TEHRAN –
    Iranian computer game “ParVaNeh: Legacy of the Light’s Guardians” received a nomination for the Development Awards at the Game Connection, which will be held from October 29 to 31 in Paris, the organizers announced last week.
     
    The Game Connection is an international event offering the opportunity for professionals in the video game industry to interact with other professionals, expand their networks, and promote their products.
     
    “ParVaNeh”, which is developed by the Bearded Bird Company in Iran, has been nominated in Console/PC Hardcore section.
     
    The game is a PC action-adventure game is about a young courageous boy named Fadia who is going to protect his village by standing in front of his enemies named Khazdaks as well as those who are trying to pollute the river.
     
    The other nominees in this section are “Pix the Cat” from France, “Narcosis” from the U.S., “Shiness” from France and “NERO” from Italy.  
     
    The Game Connection Development Awards are given out in partnership with Microsoft Games, Bandai Namco Games and Focus Home Interactive on October 29.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The embassy of South Korea in Tehran plans to organize a cultural festival from October 26 to 29.
     
    Musical performances and a festival of Korean cuisine entitled “Yangom Project” have been arranged for the festival, South Korea Ambassador Sung Wung-yeub said in a press conference on Wednesday.
     
    “The main theme of the festival is food and music, and I believe that food is an important subject in the expansion of relations among people and countries,” he said.
     
    A book on Korean cuisine and poetry is scheduled to be introduced during the festival.
     
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    TEHRAN –Representatives from the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) visited the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) on Tuesday.
     
    They arrived in Tehran earlier this week to take part in the Iran and the Silk Road Symposium, which was held yesterday at Tehran’s Center for International Research and Education.
     
    They visited different sections of the library, including the sections for rare manuscripts, Iranian studies and Islamic studies. 
     
    The symposium was organized by Iran’s Center for International Research and Education, and was supported by the International Information and Networking for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia and Pacific Region (ICHCAP).
     
    Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan are members of IICAS, which is based in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
     
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    TEHRAN –
    U.S-based Iranian guitarist Lily Afshar’s latest album “Bitter and Sweet”, featuring Vladislav Uspensky’s “Musical Sketches” on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, has been released by Mahur Publications in Iran. 
     
    The album was previously released in the United States and the UK under the title “Musica da Camera”.
     
    When Lily Afshar learned that Vladislav Uspensky’s “Musical Sketches” on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin had never been released, she became a guitarist on a mission.
     
    “The inspiration for this recording began with my curiosity of Uspensky’s ‘Musical Sketches’ on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin,” Afshar said on her website. 
     
    “The fact that it is based on Pushkin’s novel and the unique instrumentation for eight musicians – drums, bass, clarinet and strings with guitar – intrigued me. 
     
    “Knowing the story and listening to the programmatic piece clearly explains the character of the hero and heroines created by both Pushkin and Uspensky while blending the 19th Century with the 20th,” she said.
     
    The album closes with a spirited live recording of “Histoire du Tango” for guitar and violin by Astor Piazzolla, performed with violinist Joy Wiener at the Buckman Performing Arts Center in Memphis.
     
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    TEHRAN –
    Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, who is visiting Kuwait, says that the two countries have made significant progress in the cultural arena over the past few years.
     
    Jannati made the remarks during a meeting he had with several cultural officials and university scholars of Kuwait, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    “Bilateral ties have developed over the past decade, especially after the visit of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah to Iran (June 2014),” he said. 
     
    Jannati called the Kuwaiti emir’s visit a turning point in relations between the two friendly countries and said, “After the trip, ministers of the two countries also made several visits and held talks on different issues.” 
     
    He stressed that cultural relation between the two countries have played a significant role in improving bilateral political ties.
     
    Jannati at the head of a cultural delegation arrived in Kuwait on Tuesday to visit a number of Kuwaiti officials.
     
    The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Managing Director Mohammad Khodadadi and Deputy Culture Minister for Press Affairs Hossein Entezami are also accompanying the minister on his three-day visit.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian actress Mahtab Keramati, who is the UNICEF goodwill ambassador, has asked the people of Zahedan in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan to go to see “The Snowman”, a play which is being performed at the Hadi Fazeli Hall of the city to raise funds for poor children in the province.
     
    “It is sad to see people living in poverty and seeing poor children causes grief for the soul of a human being,” Keramati said in a statement published by some Persian news agencies on Wednesday.
     
    “Now, my friends and some artists from Zahedan are performing the comedy play ‘The Snowman’ based on a short story by Slawomir Mrozek to warm the hearts of the children in Sistan-Baluchestan,” she added.
     
    She asked people in Zahedan to go to see the play in order to provide their generous support for the children. 
     
    She also asked those who are not able to watch the play but they want to help the children to buy tickets online on http://www.tiwall.com/theater/adambarfi.
     
    Anahita Risbaf directs the play based on Polish writer Slawomir Mrozek’s short story “The Children”. The play will be on stage until October 24.
     
    The play tells the story of a group of children, who create a snowman to occupy themselves on a day off from school. Various government officials, upon seeing their creation, chide them with increasing severity for malicious intent in their characterization of the snowman, which they considered to be offensive and a mockery.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian movie “With Others” has won the Silver Gateway of India -- Young Critics Jury Award at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival on Tuesday.
     
    In the film, directed by Nasser Zamiri, the marriage between Arezu and Amir-Hossein is in peril as Arezu is unable to have children. 
     
    Indian director Chaitanya Tamhane’s debut film “Court” swept awards at the festival. The film won the Golden Gateway for Best Film and the Silver Gateway of India for Best Director. The cast ensemble of the film also won the Jury Special Mention.
     
    Iranian films “What’s the Time in Your World?” directed by Safi Yazdanian, “Mashti Esmaeil” by Mehdi Zamanpur and “Snow” by Mehdi Rahmani also competed in the event, which began on October 14. 
     
    Organized by the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI), the festival previews new films of all genres from around the world. 
     
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    TEHRAN – Short film “Vitality” directed by Alieh Qaljaei has won the Grand Prix at the Report of a Concern Mobile Film Festival, which was held by Tehran’s Rasaneh Cultural Center on Iran’s water shortage crisis.
     
    The winners were announced during the closing ceremony of the festival, which was held at Tehran’s Andisheh Hall on Friday.
     
    The film depicts a drawing of a tree on the wall, which transforms into a real green tree with a glass of water placed beside it. However, a negligent passerby knocks over the glass and the tree withers.
     
    The Grand Prix of the festival went to the film for its “effectiveness despite its short length and its interesting theme,” jury president Rambod Javan said at the ceremony.
     
    The special jury award went to Alireza Salmanpur’s film on the shrinkage of Lake Urmia “Inan” (“Believe It”).
     
    The jury said that no film deserved first prize and “28 Percent Unmixed” directed by Khashayar Rahimi and “A+B” by Minu Iranpur shared second prize.
     
    “Our Lake” directed by Mohsen Shirzaei and “Playground” by Mohammad Safarzadeh shared third prize.
     
    The festival also honored Adel Ferdowsipur, the anchor on the Iran’s most popular TV program on soccer “90”, for his hints on the program for conserving water.
     
    Tehran Municipality’s Art and Cultural Organization and the Tehran Province Water and Wastewater Company cosponsored the event.
     
    “We would like to celebrate Tehran with its four seasons by watching trees blossoming in spring, falling leaves in fall and snow on the trees during winter,” the director of the Art and Cultural Organization of the Tehran Municipality, Hojjatoleslam Shahab Moradi, said.
     
    The eminent scholar on aqueducts Javad Safinejad also spoke during the event.
     
    “We plunder water resources. Continuing in this way, there will be no aqueducts in the near future,” he lamented.
     
    Merila Zarei, Reza Purhossein, Mohammad Saleh-Ala and Peyman Qasemkhani were the jury members of the festival.
     
    The festival was organized to draw attention to the shortage of water, which has reached the crisis point in Tehran.
     
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    TEHRAN -- “Superman, Spiderman, or Batman”, a film by Romanian director Tudor Giurgiu, has won the Golden Lotus Award for best film in the international section of the 8th Parvin Etesami Film Festival.
     
    Winners were announced during the closing ceremony of the festival, which highlights films on the theme of women, at Tehran’s Eyvan-e Shams Hall on Friday evening.
     
    The film tells the story of Aron, a 5-year-old boy, together with his worried father, who sets out on a journey at the end of which he wishes, like the superheroes in the comic books, to save his mother who is suffering from a heart problem.
     
    “18 Kg” by Kacper Czubak from Poland took the Golden Lotus Award in the documentary section, and “Grandmother”, an animation by Carlos Eduardo Smith Rovira from Colombia, took the Golden Lotus Award for best animation in this section.
     
    Winners of the different national sections of the 8th national edition of the festival were next announced and honored.
     
    The best film award went to “Emergency Deletion” by directors Fahimeh Aqahasani and Peyman Naeimi.
     
    “3 Mosht Hak” by Naser Kahyyer won the best documentary award, and the best animation award went to “Tree” by Sareh Shafieipur.
     
    Three films “Ney Player Khadijeh and the Herd”,”Amidst the Branches”, and “Pear” by director Amir Shokrgozar received the special jury award.
     
    Filmkaer Razzaqi received the best filmmaker award for her “Ooya”, while Mahbubeh Mohammad Zaki won the best screenwriter award for her “Digital Native”.
     
    The best editing award went to Mahta Nilforushan for “Both Sides of a Narrow Line”.
     
    Moreover, Zahra Ebrahimi and Zeinab Ebrahimi shared the best actress award in the film “Jila”.
     
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    TEHRAN -- An exhibition of paintings by refugee children in Iran opened at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Tehran on Friday evening.
     
    UN Resident Coordinator in Iran Gary Lewis and a large number of Iranian cultural figures attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition, which has been organized by the World Food Program (WFP), a UN agency fighting hunger worldwide.
     
    Thirty-eight works have been selected from about 4000 submissions received from 16 refugee camps during nine months for the exhibition, the secretary of the exhibit, Amir Roshan, said at the ceremony.
     
    “All the money raised at the showcase will be spent on refugee children Iran,” he added.   
     
    Organizing such exhibitions is at the top of the agenda for the WFP Country Office in Iran, he stated and asked Iranian people and organizations to help WFP in its mission to cover refugee children in Iran.
     
    Negar Gerami from the WFP Country Office in Iran also delivered a short speech at the ceremony.
     
    “Despite all the difficulties that they experience, the world of all refugee children is full of colors,” she said.
     
    According the WFP Country Office in Iran, some 840,500 Afghan refugees and 45,000 refugees from Iraq were registered in Iran in 2012.
     
    The majority of them live in urban areas and about 30,000 live in 19 refugee settlements, with very limited livelihood options.
     

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    TEHRAN – Milad Mahmudi won first prize at the 5th Damonfar Painting Biennial, the organizers announced during a ceremony at Tehran’s Mellat Cinema Complex on Friday.  
     
    The biennial, which is for artists under 25, is organized by Damonfar, the Iranian representative of France’s Pebeo and Canson, and Germany’s Faber-Castell, three companies that manufacture art materials.
     
    The first prize is a trip to Germany to attend courses at the Faber-Castell Creative Academy.
     
    Malek Mohammadzadeh won second prize and Elaheh Rezazadeh, Sina Rezaii and Sahar Jamali shared the third prize.
     
    The special award in the illustration section went to Nika Bozorgmehr and Hasan Jafari received the choice of the people special award.
     
    Fifteen more artists were also honored at the ceremony including Parisa Hossein Hashemi, Saman Hosseinnejad, Narges Baniaqa, Elaheh Farzanegan, Yekta Jebelli, Shima Farahani and Davud Khalili.
     
    Veteran painter Aidin Aghdashlu presided over the jury of the Damonfar Painting Biennial this year.
     
    Art expert and former director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Alireza Sami-Azar was next honored with a lifetime achievement award at the closing ceremony.
     
    Veteran artist Parviz Kalantari made a brief speech in presenting the award and called Sami-Azar an eternal figure of Iranian art.
     
    “Sami-Azar helped Iranian art come out of cultural and political isolation. He opened the window of Iran’s art to the world and encouraged the world to pay due attention to the art of Iran,” Kalantari said.
     
    “The biennial is no doubt an important and an independent visual event in the country,” Sami-Azar said in his acceptance speech.
     
    Kalantari also had a surprise for the participants, and paid tribute to Damonfar Managing Director Seifollah Puya-Rad for his full support of young artists, and handed him one of his paintings. 
     
    In addition, winners of the five previous editions of the biennials were once again honored. They included Vahid Chamani, Morteza Purhosseini, Nafiseh Omran, Adel Yunesi and Leili Rashidi.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Complutense University of Madrid will host a seminar on Persian poet Sadi and Spanish author Cervantes on October 28 and 29.
     
    Eleven Iranian and Spanish experts on Sadi and Cervantes have been invited to discuss their latest studies about the two literary figures at the seminar, which has been organized by Tehran’s Book City Institute.
     
    This seminar is a return colloquium that the Book City Institute held on Sadi and Cervantes in mid April 2014 in Tehran.
     
    The deputy director of the Book City Institute, Ali-Asghar Mohammadkhani, along with Persian language scholars Zia Movahhed, Saeid Hushangi, Taher Qasemi, Kurosh Kamali and Roya Sadr will deliver speechs during the seminar.
     
    The seminar will also host Spanish academics José Manuel Lucía Megías, Ignacio Díez, Ángel García Galiano, Enrique Ortíz and Joaquín Rodríguez.
     
    The University of Alcalá has also invited the Iranian literati to visit the birthplace of Cervantes Alcalá de Henares, Mohammadkhani said in a press release.
     
    The Iranian scholars are scheduled to meet groups of Iranologists and Persian language professors at the University of Madrid and the University of Barcelona, he added.
     
    The seminar is also supported by Iran’s Center for the Study of Sadi, the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), and the Complutense University of Madrid.
     
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus “Don Quixote” is considered to be the first modern European novel and is regarded among the best works of fiction ever written.
     
    Sheikh Muslih od-Din Sadi Shirazi (C. 1213-1291) is one of the greatest figures of classical Persian literature, famous worldwide for his Bustan (The Orchard) and Gulistan (The Rose Garden).
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei visited Tehran Times co-founder Irfan Parviz at his home in Tehran on Saturday evening.
     
    The 84-year-old journalist is suffering from various afflictions of old age. 
     
    The managing director of the Tehran Times and Mehr News Agency, Ali Asgari, also accompanied Rabiei during the visit.
     
    “It is the duty of the Ministry of Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare to cover all medical expenses for media veterans,” Rabiei said during the visit.
     
    He ordered his colleagues to transfer Irfan Parviz to one of Tehran’s hospitals. Afterwards, Irfan Parviz was admitted to Milad Hospital.
     
    Deputy Culture Minister for Press Affairs Hossein Entezami also visited Irfan Parviz last week.
     
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  • 10/26/14--14:10: Art news in brief


  • TEHRAN – The second edition of the Persian translation of “Quartier Perdu” written by the French author Patrick Modiano has been released in Iran.
     
    The book was translated into Persian by Asghar Nuri and was published by Afraz Publications.
     
    The Persian versions of Modiano’s books have joined the top five bestsellers in Tehran’s major bookstores since October 9 after he won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature.
     
     
    TEHRAN – The 4th London Iranian Film Festival will be held from November 1 to 9.
     
    “Fish and Cat” by Shahram Mokri, “Snow” by Mehdi Rahmani, “Red Carpet” by Reza Attaran and “Neurasthenia” by Omid Tutunchi are among the films to be screened at the festival.
     
     
    TEHRAN – A Persian translation of “Thinking about Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying” has been welcomed in Iran.
     
    Saqi Publications has recently republished it.
     
    The book, written by American authors Peter Lehman and William Luhr, was translated into Persian by Hamidreza Ahmadi Lari.
     
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    TEHRAN – A collection of abstract works by Lebanese painter Chucrallah Fattouh is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts of Tehran’s Sadabad Cultural Historical Complex.
     
    A total of 25 paintings will be on display in the week-long exhibit, which opened yesterday, the museum announced in a press release on Sunday.
     
    Chucrallah Fattouh was born in Monsef and graduated from the National Institute of the Lebanese University’s Faculty of Fine Arts in 1983.
     
    He first experienced art through the shape and color of the wonders that the sea washed ashore.
     
    He completed his first paintings at the age of 12, and at 13, a French passerby was the buyer of his early works, which were four portraits of his mother.
     
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition, featuring a collection of photos of Iranian children from all walks of life during the Qajar and Pahlavi periods, is underway at the library of Hosseinieh Ershad, a major mosque and cultural center in Tehran.
     
    Entitled “Iranian Children in the Course of History”, the collection, comprised of 120 photos, reflects the life of children in different regions and families across the country, the Persian service of FNA reported on Sunday.
     
    Children from poor and rich families, child laborers, children with special needs, children’s schools, and children’s toys are all reflected in the show.
     
    The art of photography was introduced to Iran in the late nineteenth century featuring the distinguished images of the Qajar royal family.
     
    After the art of photography flourished during the reign of Nasser ad-Din Shah of the Qajar dynasty, it gradually found ways into the lives of ordinary people and photo galleries opened in every corner of the large cities.
     
    The photos on display are regarded important sources for study and research, since they portray the process of change that has occurred in the meaning of the concept of childhood in Iran.
     
    Organized by the Children’s Book Council of Iran, the exhibit has been organized on the sidelines of a seminar on children’s literature held in Hosseinieh Ershad last week.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iran-Tajikistan Friendship Society plans to establish a foundation on Persian mystic and poet Mir Seyyed Ali bin Shahab-ud-Din Hamadani (1314-1385).
     
    “We plan to set up a foundation on Mir Seyyed Ali Hamadani in collaboration with Tajikistan,” the director of the society, Ali-Ashraf Mojtahed Shabestari, said on Saturday.
     
    He made the remarks during an international conference on Seyyed Ali Hamadani, which was held at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran.
     
    “We know little about him in Iran. He was one of the descendants of Imam Hussein (AS) and according to the Islamic calendar, organizing his commemoration during these days is appropriate,” he said.
     
    “Over 90 books written by Mir Seyyed Ali Hamadani have been recognized in Hamedan and I have recently heard that 37 of his books are ready for publication in Tajikistan,” he added.
     
    The conference was organized jointly by the Iran-Tajikistan Friendship Society, Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, and the Iranian National Commission For UNESCO to commemorate the 700th birth anniversary of Mir Seyyed Ali Hamadani.
     
    UNESCO had registered the occasion on its celebration list of anniversaries for 2014.
     
    Mir Seyyed Ali Hamadani was born in the western Iranian city of Hamedan and died in Tajikistan. He was buried in the southern Tajik city of Kulob.
     
    He was very influential in spreading Islam in Kashmir and had a major hand in shaping the culture of the Kashmir valley.
     
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