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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – A book containing 100 portraits of the legendry wrestler Gholamreza Takhti (1930-1968)painted by veteran artist Behzad Shishegaran have been published in Tehran. 
     
     
    The book has been published by Ideh Publications and is due to be unveiled at Ideh Gallery, an affiliate of the publication, on Friday.
     
    Written notes by Takhti’s son Babak, late anchor Ataollah Behmanesh, and writer and poet Javad Mojabi have been included in the book, the gallery has announced on its website.
     
    “I have long wanted to concentrate on this man in my works and to analyze him from different aspects. I found friendship, generosity and popularity in portraits of Takhti, and I decided to work on his portraits, which rarely have been selected as a subject for a painting, in order to show my artistic views about these portraits,” Shishegaran said earlier. 
     
    According to Shishegaran, the portraits have been created with different media including pastel, gouache, pencil and mixed media.
     
     
    A selection of the portraits will also be showcased at the gallery.
     
    Takhti was born in Tehran on August 27, 1930 and was found dead in a hotel room on January 7, 1968. He was laid to rest at Ibn-e Babouyeh cemetery in southern Tehran where he is commemorated every year by Iranians.
     
    Takhti won a gold medal in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, after defeating Boris Kulayev from Soviet Union in the final match.
    He also claimed two Olympics silver medals: Helsinki in 1952 and Rome in 1960. Takhti won two World Championship gold medals: Tehran in 1959 and Yokohama in 1961.
     
    The free-style wrestler also seized a gold medal in the 1958 Asian Games held in Tokyo, Japan.
     
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  • 01/28/15--13:19: Art news in brief
  • High-ranking religious delegation from Russia visits Iran
    TEHRAN – A high-ranking cultural and religious delegation from Russia travelled to Iran on Tuesday.
     
    The delegation includes 30 scholars, muftis, and representatives from different Islamic and religious organizations.
     
    The embassy of Iran in Moscow organized the two-week trip for the delegates, who plan to visit cultural and religious officials and attend several religious conferences.
     
     
    Iranian provinces to host 7th Fajr Intl. Festival of Visual Arts
    TEHRAN – Nine Iranian provinces will host the 7th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts, which will be held from February 3 to March 3.
     
    Artworks in different fields of art including photography, illustration and cartoon will go on display during the festival.
     
    Messenger of Kindness, World Against Violence and Islamic Revolution Artworks are the themes of this edition of the festival.
     
     
    Iran to celebrate Ten-Day Dawn in 60 countries
    TEHRAN – Iranian cultural attaché’s offices in 60 countries will hold the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations (February 1-11), which is held annually in Iran to commemorate the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
     
    China, Tanzania, Japan, Ghana, Russia, Egypt and Iraq are among the countries.
     
    The celebrations include film weeks, handicraft exhibitions and book fairs.
     
     
    Iranian films for children to go on screen at Spanish festival
    TEHRAN – Two Iranian children’s films will go on screen at the Third MiCe Film Festival, which will be held from March 27 to 29 in Valencia, Spain.
     
     
    The films “It Hit upon the Roof” by Teymur Qaderi and “1-0” by Saman Hosseinpur will go on screen during the event.
     
    “It Hit Upon the Roof” is about a little boy who tries to stop the water from dripping from the ceiling at his grandmother’s house.
     
    “1-0”, which is a joint production of Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, is about a little boy who gets so excited watching soccer that he forgets he’s right in the middle of getting a haircut.
     
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    TEHRAN – The last book written by the recently- deceased actor and author of several books on the folk culture of Tehran, Morteza Ahamdi (1924-2014), was unveiled during a ceremony at the University of Tehran on Tuesday.
     
    Entitled “A Man Who Was Nothing”, the book has been published by Qoqnus Publications, the Persian service of MNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    A number of scholars and literati including Bokhara Monthly Managing Director Ali Dehbashi attended the ceremony.
     
    Expressing his thanks to the publisher, Dehbashi said, “It was due to the encouragement of the publisher that Ahmadi published a series of his books.”
     
    Sociologist and historian Naser Takmil Homayun called Ahmadi a significant anthropologist although he did not receive his formal academic training at well-known universities.
     
    “Morteza Ahmadi was an individual who lived with people and achieved a level from which he called himself nothing, and that is why he chose the title ‘A Man Who Was Nothing’”, Homayun said.
     
    “What is seen as the method and approach in Ahmadi’s books is simply his love and interest in people and the city of Tehran,” he added.
     
    Considering the rapid growth of communication, the extensive changes in cities and the combining of old and new cultures in the hustle and bustle of noisy city life, he said that the enthusiasm of Ahmadi in getting to know Tehran and its people was praiseworthy. 
     
    Writer Nasrollah Haddadi was the last who talked about Ahmadi and called him a popular and sincere artist.
     
    Ahmadi was one of the few artists who possessed expertise in Iran’s traditional theatrical performances such as ru-hozi, pardekhani and siah-bazi.
     
    He was also a skillful singer of zarbikhani, a traditional Iranian performance during which a singer performs folk songs accompanied by a tombak, a Persian percussion instrument.
     
    He performed over 400 song of this kind, some of which were released in the two albums “Voice of Old Tehran” and “Voice of Old Tehran 2”.
     
    Some of his songs were published in a book entitled “The Olds of Ever-New”, which was published by Qoqnus in January 2014. 
     
    His memoir “Life and I”, “A Glance at Tehran and Its People”, which is about the folk culture of city, was published in 2014 and 2013.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the masterpiece of the Persian mathematician, astronomer and poet, Omar Khayyam Neyshaburi, has recently been published in the five languages of Persian, English, French, German and Arabic.
     
    Persian language scholar Hossein Elahi Qomsheii has placed an interpretation of 40 poems from the book published by Farhangsaraye Mirdashti, the director of the publishing center, Hamid Mirdashti, told the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency on Monday.
     
    The book carries the translation of a collection of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by the English writer Edward Fitzgerald.
     
    Abolqasem Etesamzadeh, Amir-Hushang Kavusi, Kamran Jamali, Ebrahim Ariz, Mohammad Sabaei, and several other scholars collaborated in the translation of the book into other languages.
     
    The Persian part of the book was calligraphed by Amir-Ahmad Falsafi.
     
    Alireza Aqamiri, Amir Tahmasbi and Selina Puria created miniature paintings for the book, which was illuminated by Mohammadreza Honarvar.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 13th Iranian Biennial of Photography was inaugurated at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) on Sunday.
     
    The biennial has been organized by the National Iranian Photographers’ Society, TMCA Director Majid Mollanoruzi said at the opening ceremony.
     
    He added, “It is time to say goodbye to all the biennials and look forward to holding a huge biennial under the title of Tehran Biennial, which will include all the visual arts like the Venice Biennial.”
     
    He expressed his hope that all the art societies will have the opportunity to display their creative works.
     
    Esmaeil Abbasi, the secretary of the non-competitive biennial, next explained that the biennial has been held on the themes of art photography and creative photography.
     
    Nineteen collections are on show in the art photography section, and in the productive section, which contains portraits and creative photos, about 40 works are on display.
     
    Director of the society Masud Zendehrud Kermani was next and talked about the biennial, which is the society’s first professional experience.
     
    “All the photos have been developed on art photo papers by the photographers themselves,” he added.
     
    Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani, also attending the opening ceremony, said that the private sector can help the government to achieve its goals through holding different art and cultural events.
     
    Meetings on art photography and creativity in photography are scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the event.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 17th Children’s Book Festival has announced the nominees for the Story Section and the Translated Story Section.
     
    The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, which is the organizer of the festival, nominated eight books in the Story Section for children six years old or less.
     
    “This Letter Is yours?” by Frazaneh Ahmadi, “The Tenth Rabbit” by Zohreh Parirokh, “The Stories of Mushmushi” by Tehran-based French writer Claire Joubert and “The Stories of Sar-o-Tah” by Mohammadreza Shams are among the nominees from this category.
     
    Other nominees for this section are “I Get Green” by Nasser Yusefi, “The Little Misino” by Nushin Shabani, “One Name, Few Stories” by a group of writers and “The Stories of Goat with Bell on Its Foot” by Ali-Asghar Seyyedabadi.
     
    Six books are also nominated for children above six. These works are “This Weblog for Sale” by Farhad Hassanzadeh, “Monster Conserve” by Mehdi Rajabi, “The Children of Karun” by Ahmad Deqan, “The Stone of Greeting” by Mohammadreza Bairami, “The Hunter of the Deaf Shark” by Abbas Abdi and “Nobody Dare to Do That” by Hamidreza Shahabadi.
     
    Nominees in the Translated Story Section are Austrian writer Christine Nöstlinger’s “Stories of Franz” translated into Persian by Katayun Soltani, American writer Jennifer L. Holm’s “Penny from Heaven” translated by Shahla Entezarian, and English author Michael Morpurgo’s “War Horse” translated by Parvin Alipur .
     
    The festival will be held in Tehran from February 7 to 13. Winners will be announced during a ceremony on February 9.
     
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    TEHRAN – Tehran’s Qasr Garden Museum will be hosting the 4th Urban Sculpture Biennial, which will open on February 1.
     
    A collection of 221 sculptures will go on display at the biennial, which has been organized by Tehran Municipality’s Beautification Organization.
     
    A number of sculptors, artists and managers are expected to attend the opening ceremony, director of the organization Jamal Kamyab said in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    Top works will be selected and awarded during a ceremony on February 8, Kamyab added.
     
    The exhibit will run until March 11, he said, adding that a team of experts will select sculptures from among the displayed works to embellish the capital Tehran for the coming New Year, he explained.
     
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  • 01/27/15--11:16: What’s in art galleries
  • Painting
     
    * Miniature paintings by a group of artists will be put on display in an exhibition at Persian Idea Gallery from January 30 to February 4.
     
    The artists are Elnaz Sabbaqpur, Homeira Abdi, Mona Mallahi, Yasaman Yusefi, Azadeh Gaminian, Ozra Kiani, Elnaz Saharkhiz and Hossein Shams-Nosrati.
     
    The gallery can be found at 28 Allhverdi Azar Alley, off Kolahduz St., and Shariati Ave.
     
    * Paintings by Maryam Aminian will be showcased in an exhibition at Honar-e Iran Gallery from January 30 to February 5.
     
    The gallery located at 19 Khark St. near the Vahdat Hall.
     
     
    Calligraphic painting
     
    * Panjareh Gallery will play host to an exhibition of calligraphic paintings by Payman Payrovi from January 30 to February 4.
     
    The gallery is located 29 Babak Alley, East Babak St., off Farid Afshar St. and Zafar Ave.
     
     
    Calligraphy
     
    * An exhibition of calligraphy works by Javad Sadeqi will be held at Sareban Gallery from January 30 to February 9.
     
    The gallery is located at 8 Mehmandust St., off Shahid Beheshti Ave.
     
     
    Latticework
     
    * Mess Negar Gallery will host an exhibition of latticework by Ludwig Barzegar Nazari from January 30 to February 3.
     
    The gallery can be found at No. 5 in the Park Prince Building on Molla Sadra Highway.
     
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    TEHRAN – A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between Germany’s University of Tubingen and Iran’s Research Institute for Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT).
     
    The MOU was signed by University of Tubingen Vice-Chancellor Bernd Engler and RICHT Director Seyyed Mohammad Beheshti during a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.
     
    Based on the MOU, the university and the institute will collaborate in the fields of archaeological research projects and the preservation and restoration of historical sites.
     
    The university and the institute will cooperate in the fields of linguistics, literature, anthropology, museology and epigraphy.
     
    Joint conferences, meetings, workshops and exhibitions will be also organized based on the MOU.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iran and Portugal have signed a cultural agreement to boost and reinforce bilateral cultural relations.
     
    The agreement has been signed by Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati and Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Rui Machete in Tehran, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    Pointing to the 500-year-old relationship between Iran and Portugal, the Iranian culture minister said, “This relation is unique and needs to be reinforced, and this cultural agreement helps promote the ties.”
     
    Jannati added that Iran is ready to develop ties in different fields, such as holding cultural exhibits and academic exchange. 
     
    “In my recent trip to Portugal, I visited several cultural exhibits, including the National Library of Portugal, which is home to a collection of very old books, and we have this ability to exchange experience between the national libraries of the two countries,” he added.
     
    The minister also invited Portuguese filmmakers to attend Iran’s Fajr Film Festival, which is held annually in February. 
     
     
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  • 01/28/15--13:19: Art news in brief
  • High-ranking religious delegation from Russia visits Iran
    TEHRAN – A high-ranking cultural and religious delegation from Russia travelled to Iran on Tuesday.
     
    The delegation includes 30 scholars, muftis, and representatives from different Islamic and religious organizations.
     
    The embassy of Iran in Moscow organized the two-week trip for the delegates, who plan to visit cultural and religious officials and attend several religious conferences.
     
     
    Iranian provinces to host 7th Fajr Intl. Festival of Visual Arts
    TEHRAN – Nine Iranian provinces will host the 7th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts, which will be held from February 3 to March 3.
     
    Artworks in different fields of art including photography, illustration and cartoon will go on display during the festival.
     
    Messenger of Kindness, World Against Violence and Islamic Revolution Artworks are the themes of this edition of the festival.
     
     
    Iran to celebrate Ten-Day Dawn in 60 countries
    TEHRAN – Iranian cultural attaché’s offices in 60 countries will hold the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations (February 1-11), which is held annually in Iran to commemorate the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
     
    China, Tanzania, Japan, Ghana, Russia, Egypt and Iraq are among the countries.
     
    The celebrations include film weeks, handicraft exhibitions and book fairs.
     
     
    Iranian films for children to go on screen at Spanish festival
    TEHRAN – Two Iranian children’s films will go on screen at the Third MiCe Film Festival, which will be held from March 27 to 29 in Valencia, Spain.
     
     
    The films “It Hit upon the Roof” by Teymur Qaderi and “1-0” by Saman Hosseinpur will go on screen during the event.
     
    “It Hit Upon the Roof” is about a little boy who tries to stop the water from dripping from the ceiling at his grandmother’s house.
     
    “1-0”, which is a joint production of Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, is about a little boy who gets so excited watching soccer that he forgets he’s right in the middle of getting a haircut.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The last book written by the recently- deceased actor and author of several books on the folk culture of Tehran, Morteza Ahamdi (1924-2014), was unveiled during a ceremony at the University of Tehran on Tuesday.
     
    Entitled “A Man Who Was Nothing”, the book has been published by Qoqnus Publications, the Persian service of MNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    A number of scholars and literati including Bokhara Monthly Managing Director Ali Dehbashi attended the ceremony.
     
    Expressing his thanks to the publisher, Dehbashi said, “It was due to the encouragement of the publisher that Ahmadi published a series of his books.”
     
    Sociologist and historian Naser Takmil Homayun called Ahmadi a significant anthropologist although he did not receive his formal academic training at well-known universities.
     
    “Morteza Ahmadi was an individual who lived with people and achieved a level from which he called himself nothing, and that is why he chose the title ‘A Man Who Was Nothing’”, Homayun said.
     
    “What is seen as the method and approach in Ahmadi’s books is simply his love and interest in people and the city of Tehran,” he added.
     
    Considering the rapid growth of communication, the extensive changes in cities and the combining of old and new cultures in the hustle and bustle of noisy city life, he said that the enthusiasm of Ahmadi in getting to know Tehran and its people was praiseworthy. 
     
    Writer Nasrollah Haddadi was the last who talked about Ahmadi and called him a popular and sincere artist.
     
    Ahmadi was one of the few artists who possessed expertise in Iran’s traditional theatrical performances such as ru-hozi, pardekhani and siah-bazi.
     
    He was also a skillful singer of zarbikhani, a traditional Iranian performance during which a singer performs folk songs accompanied by a tombak, a Persian percussion instrument.
     
    He performed over 400 song of this kind, some of which were released in the two albums “Voice of Old Tehran” and “Voice of Old Tehran 2”.
     
    Some of his songs were published in a book entitled “The Olds of Ever-New”, which was published by Qoqnus in January 2014. 
     
    His memoir “Life and I”, “A Glance at Tehran and Its People”, which is about the folk culture of city, was published in 2014 and 2013.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – A book containing 100 portraits of the legendry wrestler Gholamreza Takhti (1930-1968)painted by veteran artist Behzad Shishegaran have been published in Tehran. 
     
     
    The book has been published by Ideh Publications and is due to be unveiled at Ideh Gallery, an affiliate of the publication, on Friday.
     
    Written notes by Takhti’s son Babak, late anchor Ataollah Behmanesh, and writer and poet Javad Mojabi have been included in the book, the gallery has announced on its website.
     
    “I have long wanted to concentrate on this man in my works and to analyze him from different aspects. I found friendship, generosity and popularity in portraits of Takhti, and I decided to work on his portraits, which rarely have been selected as a subject for a painting, in order to show my artistic views about these portraits,” Shishegaran said earlier. 
     
    According to Shishegaran, the portraits have been created with different media including pastel, gouache, pencil and mixed media.
     
     
    A selection of the portraits will also be showcased at the gallery.
     
    Takhti was born in Tehran on August 27, 1930 and was found dead in a hotel room on January 7, 1968. He was laid to rest at Ibn-e Babouyeh cemetery in southern Tehran where he is commemorated every year by Iranians.
     
    Takhti won a gold medal in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, after defeating Boris Kulayev from Soviet Union in the final match.
    He also claimed two Olympics silver medals: Helsinki in 1952 and Rome in 1960. Takhti won two World Championship gold medals: Tehran in 1959 and Yokohama in 1961.
     
    The free-style wrestler also seized a gold medal in the 1958 Asian Games held in Tokyo, Japan.
     
    RM/YAW
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  • 01/30/15--11:14: What’s in art galleries
  • Installation 
     
    * Installations made of papier-mâché by Reza Lavasani are on display in an exhibition at Asar Gallery.
     
    The exhibition will run for about two months at the gallery located at 16 Barforushan Street off Iranshahr Street.
     
    Painting 
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by Ali Nedaii is currently underway at Atbin Gallery. 
     
    The exhibit will run until February 3 at the gallery located at 42 Khakzad Alley, Parkway Intersection, off Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
    * Negah Gallery in Lavasan, a town in the northeastern part of Tehran Province, is hanging paintings by a group of young artists.
     
    Works by 19 artists, including Yalda Ebrahimi, Tina Bateni, Maryam Hosseini, Hamid Zare and Elaheh Shirzad, will be on show until February 3 at the gallery located at No. 872, on the main boulevard of Lavasan.
     
     
    Multimedia 
     
    * Works by Sohrab Sepehri, Jazaeh Tabatabaii, Morteza Momayyez, Jalil Rasuli and several other artists are on show in an exhibition at Aqili Gallery.
     
    The exhibition runs until March 6 at the gallery located at 1991 Farvardin Alley, off Simaye Iran St., in the Shahrak-e Gharb neighborhood.
     
    * Works by Gholamhossein Nami, Ali Shirazi, Sadeq Tabrizi, Sedaqat Jabbari, Mahsa Karimizadeh and several other artists are on display at Foruzan Gallery.
     
    The exhibit runs until February 3 in the gallery located at Eskan Buliding on Mirdamad Ave.
     
    RM/YAW
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  • 01/30/15--11:18: Art news in brief
  • Chilean festival to screen Iranian films
    TEHRAN – Three Iranian films will go on screen at the 15th Lebu International Film Festival (FICIL BIO BIO), which will be held in Chile from February 13 to 19.
     
    The films are “1-0” directed by Saman Hosseinpur, “Lady with Flower-Hair” by Sara Tabibzadeh and “The Sound of Road” by Barzan Rostami.
     
     
    Premiere of “Muhammad (S)” cancelled at Fajr filmfest
    TEHRAN – “Muhammad (S)” will not premiere at the 33rd Fajr Film Festival due to some technical problems, director Majid Majidi said on Wednesday.
     
    The organizers of the festival previously announced that the film would be screened at the opening ceremony of the event, which will be held in Tehran from February 1 to 11.
     
     
    Tehran gallery to raise funds for children with cancer
    TEHRAN -- A collection of sculptures and ornaments are on display during exhibitions each Friday at the Vapiano Café Gallery to raise funds for children suffering from cancer.
     
    Ten to 20 percent of the money raised by the exhibition will be donated to the Mahak Charity Society, an organization offering services to children suffering from cancer. 
     
    Vapiano Café Gallery can be found on 1/6 Alley, Kaj-e Shomali St., off Golha Sq. in the Yusefabad neighborhood.
     
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    TEHRAN – Four Iranian publishers and three illustrators will attend the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which will be held in the Italian city from March 30 to April 4.
     
    Blue Bird Books, which is Elmi Farhangi Publishing Company’s division for children’s books, the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, the Iran Cultural Fairs Institute (ICFI) and the Shabaviz Publishing Company will put their latest offerings on display at the fair.
     
    Works by three Iranian artists Fereshteh Najafi, Narges Mohammadi and Fatemeh Qasemi are scheduled to be showcased at the Illustrators’ Exhibition, which will be held on the sidelines of the book fair.
     
    Over 370 illustrations selected from over 3100 submissions will go on display at the exhibition. The works were created by 75 illustrators.
     
    The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. 
     
    This edition of book fair will host about 1200 exhibitors from 75 countries and 25,000 international professional trade representatives. 
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN – U.S. photojournalist Randy Hope Goodman has come back to Iran to take photos of Iranian citizens and their daily lives to complete her collection of photos on Iran taken over 30 years ago.
     
    Goodman was invited to speak at a session arranged on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 13th Iranian Biennial of Photography underway at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the Persian service of MNA reported on Friday.
     
    In her short speech, Goodman said that she had made three trips to Iran at different times. Her first journey to Iran was during the year 1979 when an Iranian student group seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the post-revolution period.
     
    She visited Iran three more times in 1980 to 1983. She toured the Iran-Iraq war zone and had the exclusive opportunity to photograph the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, in her previous visits.
     
    Her moving photographs focus on soldiers and civilians, people whose lives were highly affected during the Islamic Revolution and Iran-Iraq war.
     
    According to Randy, her biggest and strangest experience was to photograph Imam Khomeini while she was putting on a chador. 
     
    She also remarked that she was the only American photojournalist who had the chance to take photos of Imam Khomeini.
     
    Now Randy Goodman is back to Iran to travel to different locations across the country and take photos to compare Iran’s today with the past.
     
    She expressed hope that she could hold an exhibition of her photos and have the chance to publish them in a book.
     
    Randy’s photographs have been widely published in newspapers and magazines throughout the world including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The L.A. Times, The Washington Post and in Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Libya, Italy and Spain.
     
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    TEHRAN –
     Ten foreign groups will perform 15 concerts during the 30th Fajr International Music Festival, which will be held in Tehran from February 13 to 20.
     
    The groups are from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Estonia, Armenia, Tunisia and Iraq. All performances will be held at the Vahdat Hall, Rudaki Hall and Shams Hall, the Persian service of ILNA reported on Friday.
     
    Austria-based German clarinet virtuoso Ulrich Drechsler and Italian jazz pianist Stefano Battaglia will perform at Rudaki Hall on February 13. They will also stage another duet at the hall on February 14. 
     
    Two performances by Italian quartet Maurice led by violinist Georgia Privitera is scheduled to be held at Shams Hall on February 14 and 17. Laura Bertolino, Francesco Vernero and Aline Privitera are the other members of the quartet.
     
    Dutch quartet composed of tenor and soprano saxophonist 
    Yuri Honing, pianist Wolfert Brederode, double bassist 
    Ruben Samama and drummer Joost Lijbaart will give concerts at Vahdat Hall on February 15 and 16.
     
    Vahdat Hall will host music lovers on February 19 for a concert by the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.
     
    German Jazz-pianist and composer Johan Wendt, also known as Joja Wendt, will also perform a recital on February 13. 
     
    A string orchestra from Estonia, two duets from Armenia and musicians from Austria and Tunisia are scheduled to perform at the festival. 
     
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  • 01/31/15--11:08: Art news in brief
  • Flutist Forugh Karimi to hold master classes in Tehran
    TEHRAN – Vienna-based Iranian musician and flutist Forugh Karimi will hold master classes at Tehran’s Shahrashub Music Institute from February 12 to 14.
     
    Karimi, 60, is an associate professor and practitioner of music-kinesiology at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna.
     
    Tehran center to host piano recitals
    TEHRAN -- Hushang Khayyam will perform piano recitals at the Niavaran Cultural Center today and tomorrow.
     
    Classic pieces composed by himself and Johannes Brahms and César Franck during the recitals entitled “A Window to the Past”.
     
    Tehran Symphony Orchestra to return to stage at Fajr music festival
    TEHRAN – The Tehran Symphony Orchestra will return to the stage by performing at the 30th Fajr International Music Festival, which will be held from February 13 to 20.
     
    Shardad Rohani and Manuchehr Sahbaii will conduct the orchestra, which has not performed any concerts over the past six years.
     
    Iranian films to go on screen in Tunisia
    TEHRAN – Thirty-one Iranian movies will be screened in several Tunisian cities during the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations (February 1-11), which is held annually in Iran to commemorate the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
     
    The films will go on screen from February 5 and the Iranian cultural attaché’s office in Tunis is organizing the event.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian vocalist Alireza Qorbani’s new album entitled “Drops of Rain” has recently been released in Tehran.
     
    The album, which contains pieces composed and performed by brothers Sohrab and Tahmures Purnazeri, was unveiled during a ceremony at the Iranian Academy of Art on Friday.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony, Sohrab Purnazari said that the album contains a variety of compositions accompanied with declamations by poet Ali-Akbar Nabati who is known as Parto Kermanshahi.
     
    Qorbani in his short speech expressed his happiness to have collaborated with Shams and said, “The main thing in this album is that most of the compositions bear the taste and smell of Iranian music. It helps promote Iranian original music, a music that is rooted in Iranian radif”.
     
    The radifs are the total collection of more than 200 gushehs -- traditional melodic entities -- in all 12 dastgahs.
     
    Poet Mohammad-Ali Bahmani, also attending the ceremony, said that the album is a sweet connection between music and poetry.
     
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