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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – A number of Iranian museum directors, archaeologists and cultural heritage advocates gathered at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran on Saturday to censure the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) over the destruction of artifacts at the Mosul Museum in Iraq.
     
    The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum on Thursday, destroying priceless artifacts that are thousands of years old.
     
    Director of Iran’s Museums and Historical Properties Office Mohammadreza Kargar, and director of the museums run by the Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation Mohammadreza Javaheri were among the participants gathered in the central hall of the museum.
     
    Archaeologists, experts on restorations, as well as members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) were also included, said one of the organizers of the gathering, Fatemeh Ahmadi, to the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday.
     
    The protestors issued and signed a statement in condemnation of the terrorist acts to announce their support and solidarity with the directors of the museums in Iraq, Ahmadi added.
     
    The destruction of statues and artifacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires was revealed in a video published by ISIL on Thursday.
     
    The footage depicting the destruction of the statues and other artifacts at the Mosul Museum was a huge shock for the cultural heritage and archaeology of Iran, she added, expressing hope that the act would stop such hostile activities of the terrorists.
     
    The participants also asked ICOM to take action and find an academic approach in resolving the violent acts. 
     
    In addition, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General, Irina Bokova, has condemned the “deliberate attack against Iraq’s millennial history and culture”, calling it an inflammatory incitement to violence and hatred.
     
    “This attack is far more than a cultural tragedy – this is also a security issue as it fuels sectarianism, violent extremism and conflict in Iraq,” Ms. Bokova has stated on the UNESCO website.
      
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    TEHRAN – Works by thirty Iranian artists will go on display in Iran’s pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennial.
     
    The 56th International Art Exhibition entitled “All the World’s Futures”, will take place in Venice from May 9 to November 22, 2015. 
     
    A team of international curators has been appointed to select the Iranian artists, director of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) told the Persian service of MNA on Saturday.
     
    Majid Mollanoruzi added that the curators will choose the artists in collaboration with the private sector and the high council of the museum.
     
    “We aim to introduce Persian art at the biennial in the best way possible, and great masters and artists including veterans, youth and females will be selected to represent an image of all contemporary art of Iran,” he added. 
     
    “The works will cover all types of Iranian art including paintings, calligraphy works, sculptures and installations,” he explained.
     
    Mollanoruzi also added that an area covering 2,000 square meters has been alloted to Iran to display works in Venice.
     
    “Iran is willing to participate in all great international events, therefore we will ask for more collaboration from the private sector including banks,” he emphasized.
     
    Iran has taken part in the biennial in the years 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2011.
     
    A total of 53 Countries will participate in the exhibit this year. The curator, appointed by the Biennale Board, is the art critic, journalist and writer Okwui Enwezor. 
     
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    TEHRAN – A Persian-Italian book about the architecture of Iranian cities, caravanserais and their connecting roads has recently been published by Rome’s Edilstampa Publishing House, Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization announced in a press release on Thursday. 
     
    The book entitled “Iran Città Percorsi Caravanserragli” is scheduled to be unveiled at the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome on March 13.
     
    The book was authored Italian scholar Alessandra De Cesaris and Valeria Laura Ferretti, and Iranian researcher Hassan Osanlu.
     
    It was published under the auspices of Iran’s cultural attaché’s office in Italy and Italy’s Sapienza University.
     
    “Iran Città Percorsi Caravanserragli” is a major source of information about the new architecture of Iran.
     
    It also contains information about the history of Iranian cities, photographs, drawings, sketches and notes.
     
    The information also can be helpful for restoring and maintaining the monuments discussed in the book. 
     
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    TEHRAN – The historical and cultural affinities between Turkey and Iran were discussed during a meeting at Yunus Emre Institute in Tehran on Thursday.
     
    The director of the institute, Mehmet Selim Özban, and Iranian scholar Alireza Dadashzadeh delivered speeches at the meeting, which was attended by a large number of Iranian tour guides.
     
    Kapadokya (Cappadocia), a Turkish tourist resort located in Central Anatolia, was introduced at the meeting.
     
    Kapadokya is best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks.
     
    Dadashzadeh said that only the U.S. and Iran enjoy sites like Kapadokya.
     
    “Iran’s tourist attractions are unique,” he stated and called on the tour guides to visit the Iranian villages of Meimand in Kerman Province and Kandovan in East Azarbaijan Province before Kapadokya.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Reza Mirkarimi, the director of acclaimed dramas “Today”, “A Cube of Sugar” and “So Close, So Far”, is making plans for a new project entitled “The Daughter”.
     
    The story of the film, which is close to what happened in “So Close, So Far”, is about father and his daughter, Mirkarimi said in press release on last Thursday.
     
    He is currently in the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan to find a suitable location for his film.
     
    The screenplay of the movie has been written by Mehran Kashani, a leading actor of Mirkarimi’s “As Simple as That”.
     
    “Today” was Iran’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards in 2015.  
     
    Iran also submitted Mirkarimi’s “So Close, So Far” and “A Cube of Sugar” to the Oscars in 2005 and 2013 respectively. 
     
    However, “A Cube of Sugar” missed the event after Iran’s former minister of culture and Islamic guidance decided to boycott the Academy Awards over an amateur anti-Muslim video, which was posted on the Internet.
        
    Neither film received a nomination at the Oscars.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – A number of Iranian museum directors, archaeologists and cultural heritage advocates gathered at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran on Saturday to censure the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) over the destruction of artifacts at the Mosul Museum in Iraq.
     
    The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum on Thursday, destroying priceless artifacts that are thousands of years old.
     
    Director of Iran’s Museums and Historical Properties Office Mohammadreza Kargar, and director of the museums run by the Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation Mohammadreza Javaheri were among the participants gathered in the central hall of the museum.
     
    Archaeologists, experts on restorations, as well as members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) were also included, said one of the organizers of the gathering, Fatemeh Ahmadi, to the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday.
     
    The protestors issued and signed a statement in condemnation of the terrorist acts to announce their support and solidarity with the directors of the museums in Iraq, Ahmadi added.
     
    The destruction of statues and artifacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires was revealed in a video published by ISIL on Thursday.
     
    The footage depicting the destruction of the statues and other artifacts at the Mosul Museum was a huge shock for the cultural heritage and archaeology of Iran, she added, expressing hope that the act would stop such hostile activities of the terrorists.
     
    The participants also asked ICOM to take action and find an academic approach in resolving the violent acts. 
     
    In addition, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General, Irina Bokova, has condemned the “deliberate attack against Iraq’s millennial history and culture”, calling it an inflammatory incitement to violence and hatred.
     
    “This attack is far more than a cultural tragedy – this is also a security issue as it fuels sectarianism, violent extremism and conflict in Iraq,” Ms. Bokova has stated on the UNESCO website.
      
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Works by thirty Iranian artists will go on display in Iran’s pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennial.
     
    The 56th International Art Exhibition entitled “All the World’s Futures”, will take place in Venice from May 9 to November 22, 2015. 
     
    A team of international curators has been appointed to select the Iranian artists, director of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) told the Persian service of MNA on Saturday.
     
    Majid Mollanoruzi added that the curators will choose the artists in collaboration with the private sector and the high council of the museum.
     
    “We aim to introduce Persian art at the biennial in the best way possible, and great masters and artists including veterans, youth and females will be selected to represent an image of all contemporary art of Iran,” he added. 
     
    “The works will cover all types of Iranian art including paintings, calligraphy works, sculptures and installations,” he explained.
     
    Mollanoruzi also added that an area covering 2,000 square meters has been alloted to Iran to display works in Venice.
     
    “Iran is willing to participate in all great international events, therefore we will ask for more collaboration from the private sector including banks,” he emphasized.
     
    Iran has taken part in the biennial in the years 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2011.
     
    A total of 53 Countries will participate in the exhibit this year. The curator, appointed by the Biennale Board, is the art critic, journalist and writer Okwui Enwezor. 
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian director Ali Asgari’s “More than Two Hours” was crowned best short film at the 11th Rengo International Film Festival, which was held in Chile from February 2 to 7. 
     
    The film tells the story of a boy and a girl wandering in Tehran at midnight in search of a hospital but things are much tougher than they thought.
     
    In addition, the best director award went to Chilean filmmaker Tomas Arcos for his “Acuario” and French writer Aurelien Laplace received best screenwriter award for “First Step”.
     
    The festival also awarded an honorable mention to Iranian filmmaker Babak Habibifar for “The Fish and I”, a short film about a blind man who tries to save the life of a fish. 
     
    “The Fish and I” has previously received an audience award at the 8th Short Story Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island in the United States.
     
    The 11th edition of the Rengo International Film Festival was organized in association with the Department of Culture of the Rengo Municipality.
     
    MA/YAW
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  • 03/01/15--13:03: Art news in brief
  • Iranian films to compete in Parisian festival
    TEHRAN – Three Iranian films will compete in various sections of the 37th Creteil International Women’s Film Festival in Paris during March. 
     
    Director Narges Abyar’s “Objects in Mirror” and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s “Mainline” will be screened in the main competition section and Marjan Riahi’s “Iranian Ninja” will be shown in the documentary section.
     
    Also known as “Films de Femmes”, the annual event will be held from March 13 to 22.
     
     
    Iran ready to help rescue Iraqi cultural heritage
    TEHRAN – The director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, Masud Soltanifar, has said that Iran is ready to help rescue the Iraqi artifacts threatened by the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
     
    “In a letter, which we will send today to Iraqi officials, we wrote that Iran is ready to help Iran transfer the artifacts in peril to a safe haven in Iran,” Soltanifar stated on Sunday during the opening ceremony of the annual meeting of Iranian archaeologists that was held at the National Museum of Iran.
     
    ISIL released a video on Thursday screening its militants storm Mosul’s central museum and demolishing statues and artifacts that date back thousands of years.
     
     
    Tehran exhibit to display Persian handicrafts 
    TEHRAN - An exhibition of Persian handicrafts will open tomorrow at the Qasr Garden Museum in Tehran. 
     
    The exhibition will run until March 9 at the museum located on the eastern end of Motahari Ave.
     
    MA/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Art expert Morteza Kazemi says that Iranian sculptor Masud Akhavan builds a bridge between art and industry in his latest collection “Power”, which is currently on display in an exhibition at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center.
     
    “The displayed works are distinguished and unique. For his part, the artist himself possesses an artistic mind, is quite familiar with principles of art and has gained experience in industrial design,” Kazemi stated at the opening ceremony of the exhibitions on Friday. 
     
    “As he has earlier noted, Akhavan has been quite familiar with industry since early in his career and his innovations are quite admirable. He is one of the famous figures in our industry. This exhibit enjoys high significance in today’s contemporary world, in which art and industry are linked,” he added.
     
    Kazemi, who is also the culture minster’s advisor on art, proposed that investors put their money into artworks, and said that these types of works help the visual art market to flourish.
     
    Art expert and former director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Alireza Sami-Azar, who was also attending the opening ceremony, called the exhibit successful.
     
    “Mr. Akhavan has been able to conduct a detailed analysis of figures and forms of man and animals. He has also been able to decrease the forms into a series of lines and achieve a kind of powerful aesthetics in his works,” Sami-Azar explained.
     
    “In the contemporary world of sculpture, techniques and usage of materials are connected, and in the past two decades, materials and high-tech speak first, and this is the first time we can see works incorporating high technology and made from steel,” he concluded.
     
    The exhibit will be running until March 14. 
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- “Crazy Face”, director Abolhassan Davudi’s acclaimed drama about the abuse of the internet in modern Iranian society, is scheduled to be released during the Noruz holiday.
     
     
    The film was named best film at the 33rd Fajr Film Festival, which was held in Tehran in early February. It also won the best director award for Davudi.
     
    Alireza Raisian’s romance drama “The Love Age” and Masud Jafari-Jozani’s comedy “Iranburger” are the other movies that have been selected to hit Iranian theaters during the holiday season.
     
    The films are selected by a council composed of representatives of distributors, cinema owners and the Cinema Organization of Iran.
     
    Two other films will also be chosen from among Majir Esmaeili’s “The Little Black Fish”, Kamal Tabrizi’s “The Sweet Taste of Imagination”, Bahram Tavkkoli’s “I Am Diego Maradona” and Behruz Afkhami’s “Fox”.
     
    “Fox” and “The Little Black Fish” have a good chance of being selected.
     
    It is crucial for Iranian distributors and producers that their films are selected for release during the Noruz holiday when Iranian people have enough time to go to the cinema.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- “Track 143”, the acclaimed Iranian drama about a great maternal sacrifice, received high praise from Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei during a meeting with the cast and crew of the film on June 16, 2014.
     
    In his speech, which was published on his website Khamenei.ir on Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei said “I watched the film. It was a very good film.”
     
    “I am not a film expert, but as a member of an audience, I can reach a judgment. Considering the story, the film enjoyed an engaging and appealing story, (since) one of the major shortcomings of our films is a lack of engaging and appealing stories. 
     
    “It also had an intricate plot, which was beautifully resolved in the movie,” He added.
     
    In his speech, the Leader also expressed admiration for director Narges Abyar and actress Merila Zarei for their work in the film.
     
    The film tells the story of Olfat, a woman who is waiting for her son, who has been missing in action since the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, to return home.
     
    Merila Zarei, Mehran Ahmadi, Gelareh Abbasi, Yadollah Shademani and Javad Ezzati star in the film.
     
    The film was widely acclaimed at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February.
     
    Zarei won a Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress at the festival for her portrayal of Olfat in “Track 143”.
     
    Abyar received the special jury prize and her film was selected as the Audience Favorite Film at the festival.
     
    RM/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN – The Iranian director Ali Asgari’s “More than Two Hours” was crowned best short film at the 11th Rengo International Film Festival, which was held in Chile from February 2 to 7. 
     
    The film tells the story of a boy and a girl wandering in Tehran at midnight in search of a hospital but things are much tougher than they thought.
     
    In addition, the best director award went to Chilean filmmaker Tomas Arcos for his “Acuario” and French writer Aurelien Laplace received best screenwriter award for “First Step”.
     
    The festival also awarded an honorable mention to Iranian filmmaker Babak Habibifar for “The Fish and I”, a short film about a blind man who tries to save the life of a fish. 
     
    “The Fish and I” has previously received an audience award at the 8th Short Story Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island in the United States.
     
    The 11th edition of the Rengo International Film Festival was organized in association with the Department of Culture of the Rengo Municipality.
     
    MA/YAW
    END
     

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  • 03/01/15--13:03: Art news in brief
  • Iranian films to compete in Parisian festival
    TEHRAN – Three Iranian films will compete in various sections of the 37th Creteil International Women’s Film Festival in Paris during March. 
     
    Director Narges Abyar’s “Objects in Mirror” and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s “Mainline” will be screened in the main competition section and Marjan Riahi’s “Iranian Ninja” will be shown in the documentary section.
     
    Also known as “Films de Femmes”, the annual event will be held from March 13 to 22.
     
     
    Iran ready to help rescue Iraqi cultural heritage
    TEHRAN – The director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, Masud Soltanifar, has said that Iran is ready to help rescue the Iraqi artifacts threatened by the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
     
    “In a letter, which we will send today to Iraqi officials, we wrote that Iran is ready to help Iran transfer the artifacts in peril to a safe haven in Iran,” Soltanifar stated on Sunday during the opening ceremony of the annual meeting of Iranian archaeologists that was held at the National Museum of Iran.
     
    ISIL released a video on Thursday screening its militants storm Mosul’s central museum and demolishing statues and artifacts that date back thousands of years.
     
     
    Tehran exhibit to display Persian handicrafts 
    TEHRAN - An exhibition of Persian handicrafts will open tomorrow at the Qasr Garden Museum in Tehran. 
     
    The exhibition will run until March 9 at the museum located on the eastern end of Motahari Ave.
     
    MA/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN – Art expert Morteza Kazemi says that Iranian sculptor Masud Akhavan builds a bridge between art and industry in his latest collection “Power”, which is currently on display in an exhibition at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center.
     
    “The displayed works are distinguished and unique. For his part, the artist himself possesses an artistic mind, is quite familiar with principles of art and has gained experience in industrial design,” Kazemi stated at the opening ceremony of the exhibitions on Friday. 
     
    “As he has earlier noted, Akhavan has been quite familiar with industry since early in his career and his innovations are quite admirable. He is one of the famous figures in our industry. This exhibit enjoys high significance in today’s contemporary world, in which art and industry are linked,” he added.
     
    Kazemi, who is also the culture minster’s advisor on art, proposed that investors put their money into artworks, and said that these types of works help the visual art market to flourish.
     
    Art expert and former director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Alireza Sami-Azar, who was also attending the opening ceremony, called the exhibit successful.
     
    “Mr. Akhavan has been able to conduct a detailed analysis of figures and forms of man and animals. He has also been able to decrease the forms into a series of lines and achieve a kind of powerful aesthetics in his works,” Sami-Azar explained.
     
    “In the contemporary world of sculpture, techniques and usage of materials are connected, and in the past two decades, materials and high-tech speak first, and this is the first time we can see works incorporating high technology and made from steel,” he concluded.
     
    The exhibit will be running until March 14. 
     
    RM/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN -- “Crazy Face”, director Abolhassan Davudi’s acclaimed drama about the abuse of the internet in modern Iranian society, is scheduled to be released during the Noruz holiday.
     
     
    The film was named best film at the 33rd Fajr Film Festival, which was held in Tehran in early February. It also won the best director award for Davudi.
     
    Alireza Raisian’s romance drama “The Love Age” and Masud Jafari-Jozani’s comedy “Iranburger” are the other movies that have been selected to hit Iranian theaters during the holiday season.
     
    The films are selected by a council composed of representatives of distributors, cinema owners and the Cinema Organization of Iran.
     
    Two other films will also be chosen from among Majir Esmaeili’s “The Little Black Fish”, Kamal Tabrizi’s “The Sweet Taste of Imagination”, Bahram Tavkkoli’s “I Am Diego Maradona” and Behruz Afkhami’s “Fox”.
     
    “Fox” and “The Little Black Fish” have a good chance of being selected.
     
    It is crucial for Iranian distributors and producers that their films are selected for release during the Noruz holiday when Iranian people have enough time to go to the cinema.
     
    MMS/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- “Track 143”, the acclaimed Iranian drama about a great maternal sacrifice, received high praise from Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei during a meeting with the cast and crew of the film on June 16, 2014.
     
    In his speech, which was published on his website Khamenei.ir on Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei said “I watched the film. It was a very good film.”
     
    “I am not a film expert, but as a member of an audience, I can reach a judgment. Considering the story, the film enjoyed an engaging and appealing story, (since) one of the major shortcomings of our films is a lack of engaging and appealing stories. 
     
    “It also had an intricate plot, which was beautifully resolved in the movie,” He added.
     
    In his speech, the Leader also expressed admiration for director Narges Abyar and actress Merila Zarei for their work in the film.
     
    The film tells the story of Olfat, a woman who is waiting for her son, who has been missing in action since the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, to return home.
     
    Merila Zarei, Mehran Ahmadi, Gelareh Abbasi, Yadollah Shademani and Javad Ezzati star in the film.
     
    The film was widely acclaimed at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February.
     
    Zarei won a Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress at the festival for her portrayal of Olfat in “Track 143”.
     
    Abyar received the special jury prize and her film was selected as the Audience Favorite Film at the festival.
     
    RM/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN -- A group of 29 photographers showcasing a collection entitled “The Third Eye” in an exhibition at the Mellat Gallery of the Iranian Parliament brought the deprivation of life in a remote area in southwestern Iran to the attention of MPs.
     
    The photographers visited the area in Kohkiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province last fall in a weeklong program.
     
    The program was organized by the Kohkiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department.
     
    Afshin Shahrudi, Ebrahim Safi, Hossein Bahrami, Hassan Ghaffari, Shayan Javan, Sina Shiri, Nasser Afrasiabi and Alireza Jalilifar were among the members of the group.
     
    Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani opened the exhibition on Sunday.
     
    The show will come to an end on Tuesday.  
     
    MMS/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN – A number of Iranian poets and writers met with Chinese poets in Tehran on Sunday.
     
    Poet Jidi Majia along with a group of Chinese literati has traveled to Iran to meet Iranian literary figures and discuss ways to boost cultural relations between Iranian and Chinese literati, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Monday.
     
    Poets Shams Langarudi and Hafez Musavi, deputy director of the Book City Institute Ali-Asghar Mohammadkhani, and director of the Chinese department of Shahid Beheshti University Reza Mirzaii were among the Iranian participants at the session.
     
    Speaking at the session, Mohammadkhani gave a brief outline of the history of poetry in Iran and china.
     
    “Poetry in Iran and China has a long history and dates back to ancient times. Iranian and Chinese poetry are very rich and their poets are world famous,” Mohammadkhani said.
     
    In his short speech Majia expressed his happiness to be taking part in the session. He also invited Iranian cultural figures to attend the annual gathering of world literati in his country.
     
    Majia next recited part of his famous poem “I, Snow Leopard”. The book has been translated into several languages.
     
    Majia’s works have been translated into many languages, and he has been awarded numerous international prizes including the Sholokhov Memorial Medal for Literature in 2006 from the Russian Writers’ Association, and a Certificate for Outstanding Contributions in Poetry from the Bulgarian Writers’ Association the same year.
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN – A Persian version of the late Turkish author Yasar Kemal’s “Çakircali Efe” has recently been published by Nimaj Publications in Tehran.
     
    The book is about the life of nomad militiaman Çakircali Mehmet Efe who fought against the Greeks in the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-22.
     
    Kemal who celebrated the lives of the downtrodden and whose works were translated into 40 languages, died on Saturday. He was 91 years old.
     
    Translated from Turkish into Persian by Alireza Seifeddini, “Çakircali Efe” was first published in Turkey in 1972.
     
    Several other books by Kemal have previously been translated into Persian and published in Iran over the past few years.
     
    Kemal’s most famous work, “Memed, My Hawk” (1955), was translated into Persian by Samin Baghcheban
     
    The book is about a bandit hero who exacts revenge from a cruel overlord. The novel eventually earned Kemal a nomination for a Nobel Prize in 1973.
     
    Other Persian translations include “The Birds Have Also Gone” (1978) by Mostafa Ilkhanizadeh, “God’s Soldiers” (1978) by Einollah Gharib, “They Burn the Thistles” (1969) by Iraj Nobakht and “A One-Winged Bird” by Maryam Tabatabaiha.
     
    Known for his lyrical approach, Kemal, who helped develop the “village novel”, championed peasants and wrote stirringly of the natural and manmade disasters they faced.
     
    “All my life, my only dream was to write a little bit more, a little bit better,” Kemal said in 2012 after the completion of his final novel.
     
    RM/YAW
    END
     

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