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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – The 33rd Fajr International Theater Festival will honor four stage artists for their lifetime achievements during the closing ceremony tonight.
     
    Actor Jafar Vaali, actress Badrossadat Beranjani, director and writer Ahmad Sepasdar and theater teacher Hossein-Ali Tabatabaii will be honored with special awards during the ceremony, the organizers reported on Saturday.
     
    Vaali began his artistic career as an actor and later began directing several plays on stage. He was also active as a dubber and had lent his voice to several films.
     
    Beranjani went on stage when she was only 12. She has continued until today and has played roles in about 170 plays.
     
    Director and writer Ahmad Sepasdar is a graduate of dramatic arts. He has directed several plays such as “Rustam and Sohrab” and “Wild Swans”. He has also played in several other plays.
     
    Tabatabaii is theater teacher. He has studied French language and literature, and has translated about 40 French plays into Persian.
     
    Veteran actors such as Ezzatolah Entezami, Jamshid Mashayekhi and Fakhri Khorvash have mostly acted in the plays.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 33rd Fajr Film Festival opened during a ceremony at Tehran’s Milad Tower last evening.
     
    The ceremony began with reading a message from Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, who congratulated Iranian cineastes on the inauguration of another edition of the festival and wished them luck at the event, which is Iran’s most prestigious festival in the motion picture industry.
     
    The ceremony went on with the honoring of veteran Iranian actor Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz and cinematographer Hossein Jafarian with lifetime achievement awards.
     
    Twenty-nine theaters and 13 cinema complexes host the festival, which runs until February 11.
     
    Twenty four films compete during the festival and 11 movies premiere in the New Vision section, which is dedicated to screening works from first-time filmmakers.
     
    “Sweet Taste of Dream” by Kamal Tabrizi, “I am Diego Maradona” by Bahram Tavakkoli, “The Fish’s Death” by Ruhollah Hejazi and “The Long Goodbye” by Farzad Motamen are among the competitors.
     
    Director Amir-Hossein Asgari’s anti-war drama “Borderless”, Hamidreza Qotbi’s social drama “Rending a Garment” and Soheila Golestani’s social drama “Two” starring Parviz Parastuii are among the films going on screen at the New Vision section of the festival.
     
    This is first time the national section of the festival will be held independently of the international competition section and at a different time.
     
    The international section of the festival will be held from April 25 to May 2.
     
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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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    TEHRAN – The 33rd Fajr International Theater Festival will honor four stage artists for their lifetime achievements during the closing ceremony tonight.
     
    Actor Jafar Vaali, actress Badrossadat Beranjani, director and writer Ahmad Sepasdar and theater teacher Hossein-Ali Tabatabaii will be honored with special awards during the ceremony, the organizers reported on Saturday.
     
    Vaali began his artistic career as an actor and later began directing several plays on stage. He was also active as a dubber and had lent his voice to several films.
     
    Beranjani went on stage when she was only 12. She has continued until today and has played roles in about 170 plays.
     
    Director and writer Ahmad Sepasdar is a graduate of dramatic arts. He has directed several plays such as “Rustam and Sohrab” and “Wild Swans”. He has also played in several other plays.
     
    Tabatabaii is theater teacher. He has studied French language and literature, and has translated about 40 French plays into Persian.
     
    Veteran actors such as Ezzatolah Entezami, Jamshid Mashayekhi and Fakhri Khorvash have mostly acted in the plays.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The 33rd Fajr Film Festival opened during a ceremony at Tehran’s Milad Tower last evening.
     
    The ceremony began with reading a message from Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, who congratulated Iranian cineastes on the inauguration of another edition of the festival and wished them luck at the event, which is Iran’s most prestigious festival in the motion picture industry.
     
    The ceremony went on with the honoring of veteran Iranian actor Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz and cinematographer Hossein Jafarian with lifetime achievement awards.
     
    Twenty-nine theaters and 13 cinema complexes host the festival, which runs until February 11.
     
    Twenty four films compete during the festival and 11 movies premiere in the New Vision section, which is dedicated to screening works from first-time filmmakers.
     
    “Sweet Taste of Dream” by Kamal Tabrizi, “I am Diego Maradona” by Bahram Tavakkoli, “The Fish’s Death” by Ruhollah Hejazi and “The Long Goodbye” by Farzad Motamen are among the competitors.
     
    Director Amir-Hossein Asgari’s anti-war drama “Borderless”, Hamidreza Qotbi’s social drama “Rending a Garment” and Soheila Golestani’s social drama “Two” starring Parviz Parastuii are among the films going on screen at the New Vision section of the festival.
     
    This is first time the national section of the festival will be held independently of the international competition section and at a different time.
     
    The international section of the festival will be held from April 25 to May 2.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The Patronage Laïque Jules Valles Center in Paris will host an exhibition of Persian calligraphy from February 9 to March 13.
     
    A collection by Bahman Panahi will be showcased at the exhibition.
     
    He is also scheduled to hold a workshop on the sidelines of the exhibit on March 7.
     
    Panahi is currently preparing a doctoral thesis on musicality lines and points at Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris.
     
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    TEHRAN – The 5th Meeting of Iranian and Afghan Literati will be held in Tehran in late February.
     
    The meeting is held biennially, Mohammad Sarvar Rajaii, the director of the Afghanistan Literature House, which is the organizer of the meeting, told the Persian service of MNA on Sunday.
     
    The biennial aims to conduct mutual conversations according to the numerous cultural affinities between two nations, he added.
     
    “We also plan to honor Afghan composer and poet Aref Jafari for his achievements over past two decades,” he added.
     
    The Afghanistan Literature House will hold the meeting with the help of Iran’s Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization.
     
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    TEHRAN – A large number of Iranian cineastes, who attended the opening ceremony of the 33rd Fajr Film Festival in Tehran on Saturday, signed a statement to censure the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, for publishing cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad (S).
     
    The ceremony was held at Milad Tower and the secretary of the festival, Alireza Rezadad, and cineastes Mahtab Karamati, Roya Teimurian, Hanieh Tavassoli, Sareh Bayat, Hossein Yari and Rima Raminfar were among those who signed the statement.
     
    The opening ceremony continued with short speeches delivered by officials and cultural figures.
     
    Rezadad called the festival a beginning for film screening and togetherness, and wished success to and expressed happiness for Iran’s cinema and Iranian cineastes. 
     
    The cineastes that passed away last year were later commemorated by the screening of a music video at the ceremony.
     
    Addressing the audience, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati expressed thanks to the cineastes who tried to create a positive and constructive atmosphere in which to work.
     
    “One of the positive points of this year’s festival is the strong participation of young talents who have made films. They must know that they owe their innovations and creativity to the efforts and assistance of the veterans who helped them flourish,” the minister added.
     
    The Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei in his short speech stated that he regarded film as the only media art that has made the visualization of man’s imagination possible.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – A Swedish translation of “A Heart Bigger than the World” by Iranian children’s book author Erfan Nazar-Ahari has recently been published in Sweden.
     
    Nazar-Ahari attended a ceremony at the Imam Ali Islamic Center in Stockholm on Saturday to promote the book, which was translated by Hushang Kowsari. 
     
    She is scheduled to hold review sessions in the cities of Jonkoping, Karlskrona and Malmo this week.
     
    The book was released with a CD, which contains Reza Kharaqani’s animation based on the book. Mohammad Nosrati is the composer of the music in the animated movie.
     
    The book was one of 22 entries to the Peace Story project of the Nami Island International Book Festival in South Korea in 2010.
     
    Ali Buzari is the illustrator of the book, which was published by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Persian, English, French and Italian.
     
    The book tells story of a little girl who has been wishing to come to the world for the past 1000 years, but God has denied her requests. She finally is allowed to come to the world, but she leaves her heart in paradise, which compels her to spend all of her life searching for her heart.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Guggenheim Museum in New York will be hosting an exhibition of mirror works and drawings by Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, which will be held from March 13 to June 3.
     
    Entitled “Infinite Possibility”, this exhibit includes plaster and mirror reliefs, large-scale mirror sculptures that the artist refers to as “geometric families”, and works on paper.
     
    Many examples of these works have not been displayed publicly since the 1970s, the museum announced on its website. 
     
    This body of work is characterized by a merging of visual and spatial experience, coupled with the aesthetic traditions of Islamic architecture and decoration. 
     
    After formative years in New York from 1945 to 1957, during which Farmanfarmaian met artists Milton Avery, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, and, later, Andy Warhol, among others, the Iranian artist returned to Iran. 
     
    She began to develop her artistic sensibility through encounters with traditional craftsmanship, indigenous art forms such as jewelry and clothing, and teahouse paintings (a popular form of Iranian narrative painting).
     
    She later focused on drawing, collage, commissions, and carpet and textile design. In 2004, she reestablished her studio and resumed working with some of the same craftsmen with whom she had collaborated during the 1970s.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The 5th Meeting of Iranian and Afghan Literati will be held in Tehran in late February.
     
    The meeting is held biennially, Mohammad Sarvar Rajaii, the director of the Afghanistan Literature House, which is the organizer of the meeting, told the Persian service of MNA on Sunday.
     
    The biennial aims to conduct mutual conversations according to the numerous cultural affinities between two nations, he added.
     
    “We also plan to honor Afghan composer and poet Aref Jafari for his achievements over past two decades,” he added.
     
    The Afghanistan Literature House will hold the meeting with the help of Iran’s Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization.
     
    SB/YAW
    END 
      
     

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    TEHRAN – A large number of Iranian cineastes, who attended the opening ceremony of the 33rd Fajr Film Festival in Tehran on Saturday, signed a statement to censure the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, for publishing cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad (S).
     
    The ceremony was held at Milad Tower and the secretary of the festival, Alireza Rezadad, and cineastes Mahtab Karamati, Roya Teimurian, Hanieh Tavassoli, Sareh Bayat, Hossein Yari and Rima Raminfar were among those who signed the statement.
     
    The opening ceremony continued with short speeches delivered by officials and cultural figures.
     
    Rezadad called the festival a beginning for film screening and togetherness, and wished success to and expressed happiness for Iran’s cinema and Iranian cineastes. 
     
    The cineastes that passed away last year were later commemorated by the screening of a music video at the ceremony.
     
    Addressing the audience, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati expressed thanks to the cineastes who tried to create a positive and constructive atmosphere in which to work.
     
    “One of the positive points of this year’s festival is the strong participation of young talents who have made films. They must know that they owe their innovations and creativity to the efforts and assistance of the veterans who helped them flourish,” the minister added.
     
    The Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei in his short speech stated that he regarded film as the only media art that has made the visualization of man’s imagination possible.
     
    RM/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN – A Swedish translation of “A Heart Bigger than the World” by Iranian children’s book author Erfan Nazar-Ahari has recently been published in Sweden.
     
    Nazar-Ahari attended a ceremony at the Imam Ali Islamic Center in Stockholm on Saturday to promote the book, which was translated by Hushang Kowsari. 
     
    She is scheduled to hold review sessions in the cities of Jonkoping, Karlskrona and Malmo this week.
     
    The book was released with a CD, which contains Reza Kharaqani’s animation based on the book. Mohammad Nosrati is the composer of the music in the animated movie.
     
    The book was one of 22 entries to the Peace Story project of the Nami Island International Book Festival in South Korea in 2010.
     
    Ali Buzari is the illustrator of the book, which was published by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Persian, English, French and Italian.
     
    The book tells story of a little girl who has been wishing to come to the world for the past 1000 years, but God has denied her requests. She finally is allowed to come to the world, but she leaves her heart in paradise, which compels her to spend all of her life searching for her heart.
     
    SB/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN – The Guggenheim Museum in New York will be hosting an exhibition of mirror works and drawings by Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, which will be held from March 13 to June 3.
     
    Entitled “Infinite Possibility”, this exhibit includes plaster and mirror reliefs, large-scale mirror sculptures that the artist refers to as “geometric families”, and works on paper.
     
    Many examples of these works have not been displayed publicly since the 1970s, the museum announced on its website. 
     
    This body of work is characterized by a merging of visual and spatial experience, coupled with the aesthetic traditions of Islamic architecture and decoration. 
     
    After formative years in New York from 1945 to 1957, during which Farmanfarmaian met artists Milton Avery, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, and, later, Andy Warhol, among others, the Iranian artist returned to Iran. 
     
    She began to develop her artistic sensibility through encounters with traditional craftsmanship, indigenous art forms such as jewelry and clothing, and teahouse paintings (a popular form of Iranian narrative painting).
     
    She later focused on drawing, collage, commissions, and carpet and textile design. In 2004, she reestablished her studio and resumed working with some of the same craftsmen with whom she had collaborated during the 1970s.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Cinema Organization of Iran (COI) Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi has selected the members of the Iranian Strategy Council for International Cinematic Affairs, which implements policies of the COI in the international arena and exploits the potentials of Iranian cinema in public diplomacy.
     
    Former diplomats Seyyed Mohammad-Sadeq Kharrazi, Hamidreza Asefi and Mohammad Ruhisefat are among those appointed to the council, COI announced in a press release on Monday.
     
    In addition, actor and producer Alireza Shojanuri, producers Mohammad-Ali Hossein-nejad and Ali Mo’allem, Morteza, and directors Morteza Razzaq-Karimi and Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur were also selected for the council. 
     
    Concerning Mohammad-Javad Shabestari, another member of the council, no background was mentioned.
     
    The director of the COI, who is also the deputy culture minister for cinematic affairs, is the president of the council.
     
    The director of the International Department and the secretary of the council, the directors of the Farabi Cinema Foundation and the Institute for Visual Media are also the members of the board.  
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Iran has recently submitted two documents on the Lut Desert and Iranian aqueducts (qanats) for registration on UNESCO’s list of the Natural World Heritage Sites and the World Heritage List.
     
    UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee will decide on the registration of the historical and natural heritage sites during its session in 2016, Deputy Director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) Mohammad-Hassan Talebian told the Persian service of ISNA on Monday.
     
    Covering an area of about 51,800 square kilometers, the Lut Desert is a large salt desert in southeastern Kerman and is the world’s 25th largest desert.
     
    Qanats are underground aqueducts that are mainly found in the desert regions of the country such as Yazd. The artificial channels carry water from aquifers in the hills to the fields below and are still use today.
     
    Information on 11 qanats, including Baladeh Qanat and Zarech Qanat in Yazd, Hassanabad Moshir Qanat in Mehriz, and Doqolu Qanat in Bam have been provided for the documents that Iran sent to UNESCO for registering qanats, Talebian said.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Logan Hall of the University of London and Tehran’s Milad Tower will host fans of Iranian pop star Benyamin for concerts, which aim to forge link between Valentine’s Day and Sepandarmazgan, an ancient celebration during which Iranian people honor the female members of their families with presents.
     
    The London concert will be held on February 14, which is Valentine’s Day, and his Tehran gig is scheduled to be done on February 18, which is the day of Sepandarmazgan.
     
    “By chance, my concert in London will coincided with Valentine Day, which is the day of love in the West, and the Tehran concert will coincided with the day of Sepandarmazgan,” he said in a press release on Monday.
     
    “We thought we would use this coincidence as a chance to promote Iranian culture at the London concert so we called the concerts ‘the festival Iranian love’,” he added.
     
    “We do not need to be copycats of Western customs, which belong to their culture, because we have more attractive examples in the customs in our own culture,” stated Benyamin, who belongs to the new generation of Iranian pop singers.
     
    Benyamin’s 4-year-old daughter, Barana, will accompany him during his trip to London. His wife, Nasim Heshmati, was killed in a car crash in Tehran in December 2013.
     
    Benyamin’s 2006 album, “85”, was warmly welcomed within Iran and with the Iranian diaspora abroad. His smash hits include “Memories” (“Khatereha”), “Stutter” (“Loknat”) and “Robot” (“Adam Ahani”).
     
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    TEHRAN -- Gil and Amard, an ensemble from the northern Iranian province of Gilan, will perform several concerts of Gilaki folk music in Moscow.
     
    The concerts, which have been organized by the Iranian cultural attaché’s office to celebrate the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, will begin on Thursday.
     
    The ensemble comprised of five members will perform its new and popular pieces during the concerts, singer Nasser Vahdati, who is also the leader of the ensemble, told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    Gil and Amard will also give a performance at the 30th Fajr International Music Festival, which will be held from February 13 to 20.
     
    SB/YAW
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