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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian celebrated tar virtuoso Keyvan Saket and oud virtuoso Majid Nazempur will give joint performances in Austria in March.
     
    Tonbak player Ali-Akbar Khadem will also accompany them during the performances, which will be held in Vienna, Graz, and Eisenberg from March 3 to 8, Nazemipur told the Persian service of FNA on Wednesday.
     
    “In part of the concerts, we will perform some pieces I have recently composed,” Nazemipur said.
     
    A brief repertoire of world music pieces are slated to be performed during the concerts, he added.
     
    Nazempur has previously performed in many concerts in Iran and abroad.
     
    He gave performances at the 1st Gambus Conference and Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 2012.
     
    Nazemipur is also a skilled instrument maker. 
     
    He remade several Iranian musical instruments, which had been forgotten over time, and donated the instruments to the Music Museum of Iran.
     
    He also made an effort to recompose musical pieces that were performed on these instruments in Iran about a thousand years ago.
     
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    TEHRAN -- ATV, one of the most widely watched TV channels in Turkey, has been fined 267,000 lira (about $150,000) by the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) for anti-Iranian content in a TV series broadcast on the channel.
     
    The decision was made a day after the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) sent a letter to the RTUK last week, protesting against ATV for screening some allegedly anti-Iranian scenes in the Turkish TV series “Valley of the Wolves”, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    “Valley of the Wolves” was mostly about an agent named Polat Alemdar who infiltrated the mafia and became the partner of the mafia gunman Süleyman Çakir after having plastic surgery. The scenario makes direct and indirect references to Turkish politics and political history from the viewpoint of an undercover agent.
     
    Some scenes of the TV series convey the impression that Iran is behind certain political events in Turkey.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Sapienza University of Rome hosted a conference on Iranian civilization on Monday and Tuesday.

     
    The conference entitled “Iranian Civilization: Past, Present, Future” was held with the collaborative efforts by the university, the Italian Institute for Middle and Far East (IsMEO), Rome’s National Museum of Eastern Arts, Italian Ministry for Heritage and Cultural Activities, and the Iranian cultural attaché’s office the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    A group of Iranologists from Italy, Germany, France, Hungary, Poland and Iran presented their latest studies during the conference.
     
    “I hope this conference will provide new ways to link Italian centers for Eastern studies to the Iranian academic centers,” said Professor Luigi Frati, who has been the rector of Sapienza since 2008, during the opening ceremony of the meeting.
     
    IsMEO President Marco Mancini also gave a report on the latest activities of the institute.
     
    He referred to some obstacles in the way of scholars working in the field of Iranology and expressed his hope that such collaboration could resolve the issues.
     
    Mancini also read a message sent by Italian Minister for Education, Universities, and Research, Francesco Profumo, to the conference.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A Persian translation of “Images and Symbols”, a book written by the renowned Romanian philosopher Mircea Eliade has recently been published in Iran.
     
    Released by Parseh Books, “Images and Symbols” has been translated into Persian by Mohammad-Kazem Mohajeri.
     
    In this book, Mircea Eliade shows that myths and symbols constitute a mode of thought that not only came before that of discursive and logical reasoning, but also remains an essential function of human consciousness. 
     
    He describes and analyzes some of the most powerful and ubiquitous symbols that have ruled the mythological thinking of East and West in many times and at many levels of cultural development.
     
    Mircea Eliade (1907 –1986) was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago. 
     
    He was a leading interpreter of religious experience, who established paradigms in religious studies that persist to this day. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian award-winning film “The Last Step” will compete in two more international festivals in March.

     
    The film will screened at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan and the 18th Vilnius International Film Festival in Lithuania.
     
    Directed by Ali Mosaffa, the film will go on screen at the Special Screening section of the Osaka Asian Film Festival, which will be held from March 8 to 17.
     
    The film will also compete at the Vilnius International Film Festival, which will be held from March 14 to 28.
     
    The film, which is an adaptation of James Joyce’s short story “The Dead”, is about Leila, a movie superstar who is mourning over the loss of her husband. 
     
    On the set of her film, she suddenly finds herself totally powerless to control her laughter before the camera and no one could ever guess the reason behind the hysteria that began at the scene of her husband’s death.
     
    “The Last Step”, which is currently on screen at Iranian theaters, won several awards in international festivals.
     
    “The Last Step” and “Today” by Alain Gomis from Senegal shared the special jury prize of the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in December 2012.
     
    This film won the Love and Psyche Prize at the MedFilm Festival in Rome in October 2012.
     
    The film’s star, Leila Hatami, won the Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Leila at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic in July 2012.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Tehran Opera Ensemble plans to perform “Gianni Schicchi”, a comic opera by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) in Tehran during the second week of March.

     
    The ensemble composed of a number of Iranian vocalists working in Iran and abroad will perform the opera at the Vahdat Hall from March 9 to 13.
     
    “The ensemble was established to bring back this beautiful and amazing art to the heart of the society of the cultured and arty people of Iran,” the leader of the ensemble, Hadi Qozzat, said in July 2012 when he announced the establishment of the group.
     
    “Unfortunately, this art has sunk into oblivion in Iran today and we witness the misuse of the notion of opera in Iran,” he added.  
     
    The ensemble made its debut performance with “Gianni Schicchi” during the 27th Fajr International Music Festival in Tehran in February 2012.
     
    Puccini composed “Gianni Schicchi” in one act in 1917–18 to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, an Italian playwright and director. The libretto is based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s “Divine Comedy”.
     
    Puccini’s operas are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire. He was considered as the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s latest film “Like Someone in Love” has received two nominations at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, organizers announced.
     
    Kiarostami has been nominated for the best director award and Ryo Kase has been nominated for the best supporting actor award for his role in the Japanese-language drama, which is a co-production of Iran, France and Japan.
     
    Starring Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno and Ryo Kasehe, the film narrates the life of a Japanese female university student. The movie was shot in Tokyo and Yokohama.
     
    The movie is Kiarostami’s second fiction feature made outside his native Iran. The first was “Certified Copy”, which was shot in Italy in 2010.
     
    The Iranian musician Peyman Yazdanian and Johann Johannsson from Iceland have jointly been nominated for the best composer award for the film “Mystery” by Lou Ye from China.
     
    Winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 18.
     
    Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards (AFA) is an international pioneering program, honoring filmmakers with outstanding achievements in the field of Asian cinema. 
     
    The AFA is the only platform in the world that brings together the best cinematic talents of Asia, drawing film fans and professionals from all around the globe.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A panel of experts is scheduled to scrutinize the role of travelogue writing in Iranian studies during a seminar.
     
    The one-day colloquium will be held at the Malek Museum and Library of the Miras Maktoob Research Center in Tehran on March 6.
     
    The Miras Maktoob Research Center and the Malek Museum and Library have organized the seminar to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Iranian historian and manuscript expert Iraj Afshar (1925-2011), who had made a concerted effort to write his accounts of his travels across Iran in “Traveling across the Homeland”.
     
    A group of scholars will deliver lectures during the seminar.
     
    Seyyed Ali Al-e Davud will present his paper entitled “A glance at Iraj Afshar’s ‘Traveling across the Homeland’”.
     
    Japanese Iranologist Yoshifusa Seki will deliver a speech about his article entitled “The Last Meeting with My Master Iraj Afshar”.
     
    Among the scholars are also Mohammad-Ali Movahed, Mohammad-Ebrahim Bastani Parizi and Ehsan Shurabi.
     
    The seminar will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will last until 6 at the Malek Museum and Library located on Melal Mottahed Street off of Imam Khomeini Ave.
     
    Afshar was the chief bibliographer of Persian books at Harvard University. He was associated with UNESCO and taught at the University of Bern and University of Tehran.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 9th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival in New Delhi will put its spotlight on women-themed movies directed by some female Iranian filmmakers in a special section.

     
    “Facing Mirrors”, a film on the transgender issue director by Negar Azarbaijani, will be shown in the section of the festival, which will be held from March 5 to 8.
     
    “21 Days and Me” directed by Shirin Barqnavard about a woman’s freedom to decide whether she wants to be a mother at all is another entry to the section. 
     
     
    Director Mahvash Sheikholeslami’s “Where Do I Belong?” about the Persian women marrying Afghans, who have taken refuge in Iran from poverty and war in their country, will also be screened.
     
    Among the entries to this section is also Roqiyeh Tavakoli’s “Saba”. 
     
    The film is about a young girl, named Saba, who is caring for her elder sister’s children after her unexpected death. Meanwhile, her heart is heavy with the burden of tradition that she might have to accept her brother-in-law’s proposal.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has launched two 24-hour TV channels, which will show programs on health and films.

     
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, IRIB Managing Director Ezzatollah Zarghami, and a group of cultural officials attended a ceremony in Tehran held to officially launch the Tamasha and Salamat channels on Saturday morning.
     
    Tamasha has dedicated to showing Iranian and foreign movies and series, and Salamat will show programs on health.
     
    Tamasha has been launched to struggle against the foreign satellite channels targeting Iranian viewers, Zarghami said during the ceremony.
     
    “According to research, Iranian viewers refer to the foreign satellite channels mostly to watch movies TV series… and they do not show much regard for the political programs and news services of the channels,” he added.
     
    Zarghami lamented about the lack of necessary budget to produce new movies and series and said that a number of film production projects have been stopped due financial problems.
     
    “Today, we cover part of the expenses by the revenues earned from the commercials,” he stated and asked Ahmadinejad to provide part of the budget for production of the projects.
     
    “Salamat was launched to raise public knowledge of health,” he said.
     
    “Sure, the generation that will use the information the channel gives will be healthier than the previous generations,” he added.
     
    Zarghami said that the IRIB plans to soon launch iFilm channel for English-speaking people.
     
    iFilm is an Arabic network based in Iran that was launched in August 2010 to show Iranian films and serials to the Arab world. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 9th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival in New Delhi will put its spotlight on women-themed movies directed by some female Iranian filmmakers in a special section.

     
    “Facing Mirrors”, a film on the transgender issue director by Negar Azarbaijani, will be shown in the section of the festival, which will be held from March 5 to 8.
     
    “21 Days and Me” directed by Shirin Barqnavard about a woman’s freedom to decide whether she wants to be a mother at all is another entry to the section. 
     
     
    Director Mahvash Sheikholeslami’s “Where Do I Belong?” about the Persian women marrying Afghans, who have taken refuge in Iran from poverty and war in their country, will also be screened.
     
    Among the entries to this section is also Roqiyeh Tavakoli’s “Saba”. 
     
    The film is about a young girl, named Saba, who is caring for her elder sister’s children after her unexpected death. Meanwhile, her heart is heavy with the burden of tradition that she might have to accept her brother-in-law’s proposal.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has launched two 24-hour TV channels, which will show programs on health and films.

     
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, IRIB Managing Director Ezzatollah Zarghami, and a group of cultural officials attended a ceremony in Tehran held to officially launch the Tamasha and Salamat channels on Saturday morning.
     
    Tamasha has dedicated to showing Iranian and foreign movies and series, and Salamat will show programs on health.
     
    Tamasha has been launched to struggle against the foreign satellite channels targeting Iranian viewers, Zarghami said during the ceremony.
     
    “According to research, Iranian viewers refer to the foreign satellite channels mostly to watch movies TV series… and they do not show much regard for the political programs and news services of the channels,” he added.
     
    Zarghami lamented about the lack of necessary budget to produce new movies and series and said that a number of film production projects have been stopped due financial problems.
     
    “Today, we cover part of the expenses by the revenues earned from the commercials,” he stated and asked Ahmadinejad to provide part of the budget for production of the projects.
     
    “Salamat was launched to raise public knowledge of health,” he said.
     
    “Sure, the generation that will use the information the channel gives will be healthier than the previous generations,” he added.
     
    Zarghami said that the IRIB plans to soon launch iFilm channel for English-speaking people.
     
    iFilm is an Arabic network based in Iran that was launched in August 2010 to show Iranian films and serials to the Arab world. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Lian band from the southern Iranian city of Bushehr will perform at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia.
     
    Lian will be competing with international bands such as Pine Leaf Boy from the U.S., which has been nominated for the Grammy Awards three times, the leader of the band, Mohsen Sharifian, said in a press release on Sunday.
     
    Sharifian plays the two ancient instruments of the Persian Gulf, the nayanbun (bagpipe) and the nay-jofti (double-pipe reed flute).
     
    “The organizers of the festival have invited us following the band’s performance in Greece in November 2012,” he said.
     
    Lian performs a range of percussion instruments and nayanbun during the performances.
     
    Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music Ensemble from Malaysia, Chet Nuneta from France and Habadekuk from Denmark are among the bands that will give performances at the festival, which will be held from June 28 to 30. 
     
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    TEHRAN – A collection of photos of Iran will be put on display in an exhibition, which will open at the Shanghai Mass Art Center on March 6.
     
    The photos have been taken Maryam Fakhimi for the exhibit, which has been entitled “My Beautiful Iran”.
     
    The fortnightly show has been organized by Iran’s Kargah-e Tahrir Khial Cultural Artistic Institute.
     
    The photos depict scenes from Iran’s natural attractions, architecture, and society.
     
    The online Chilick Photo Gallery will also display the photos for a month beginning March 6.
     
    The website can be found on www.chiilickgallery.com
     
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    TEHRAN -- Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke’s romance drama “Amour” will be screened at Iranian theaters on March 6.

     
    The Farabi Cinematic Foundation (FCF), which is the Iranian distributor of the film, plans to arrange a screening of the film for critics and journalists, the foundation announced on Sunday.  
     
    The film was shown in the noncompetition section of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February.
     
    “Amour” won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this year. The film previously received a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
     
    The film is about Georges and Anne, who are in their eighties, and are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Persian monthly on literature Bokhara commemorated the German Orientalist Julius von Mohl (1800–1876) for his French translation of the Shahnameh, the epic masterpiece of Persian poet Ferdowsi, during a ceremony in Tehran.

     
    Bokhara Managing Director Ali Dehbashi, French Ambassador Bruno Foucher, Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Action of the Embassy of France Henri Lebreton, Iranian scholar Jaleh Amuzegar, and a group of literati and cultural figures attended the ceremony on Friday evening, the Persian of ISNA reported on Saturday.
     
    The French government commissioned Mohl to make a complete translation of the Shahnameh (Livre des rois) in 1826. The first volume of the book appeared in 1838, and the seventh and last was left unfinished at the time of Mohl’s death. French orientalist Charles Barbier de Meynard completed it.
     
    “By his translation of the book, Mohl absolutely knew that he would make a substantial contribution to the introduction of a major poet to the literature of the world,” Foucher said in a short speech at the ceremony.
     
    “He dedicated all his life to the study of Iran and the Iranian world,” he added.
     
    Mohl used 35 manuscript versions of the Shahnameh, which are kept in Eurpoean libraries, to translate and to comment on the work, said Amuzegar.
     
    “Mohl’s efforts for the Shahnameh were reflected in seven volumes, which the French government published beautifully in large size,” she added.
     
    She said that the collection is one of the masterpieces of the printing industry during the nineteenth century,    
     
    “For us Iranians, who consider the Shahnameh part of our national identity, Mohl is a hero who spent most of his life providing a careful and profound translation of our cultural masterpiece,” Amuzegar stated.  
     
    The ceremony went on with a performance of naqqali, a style of storytelling dedicated to epic stories from the Shahnameh, by Amir Sadeqi.
     
    In addition verses of the Shahnameh were recited in Persian and French by Hamed Fuladvand and Susan Sepehri.
     
    Completed in 1010, the Shahnameh is a poem of nearly 60,000 verses. Ferdowsi versified and updated the story to the downfall of the Sassanid empire (mid-7th century), and, for nearly 1000 years, it has remained one of the most popular works in the Persian-speaking world.
     
    Mohl was born at Stuttgart and studied theology at the University of Tubingen. He was nominated to a professorship at Tubingen from 1826 to 1833. However, he resigned his chair at Tubingen a year later and settled permanently in Paris. In 1844 he was nominated to the academy of inscriptions, and in 1847 he became professor of Persian literature at the College de France. 
     
    His knowledge and interest extended to all departments of Oriental learning. He served for many years as secretary, and then as president of the Societe Asiatique.
     
    His annual reports on Oriental science were presented to the society from 184o to 1867. After his death, the reports were collected in “Vingt-sept ans d’histoire des etudes orientales”, which was published in Paris in 1879.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 5th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts has announced the winners.
     
    The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini and several other officials and artists attended the closing ceremony of the festival at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Sunday.
     
    Following is the list of the winners in various categories of the event:
     
    Best calligrapher: Mojtaba Sharifi from Iran
     
    Best Persian painter: Roya Hassan-Kazeruni from Iran
     
    Best painter: The jury of the festival did not announce a winner for this category.
     
    Best pottery maker: Fahimeh Ramezani Ahvazi from Iran
     
    Best sculptor: Nahid Haji Mohammadi Oshani from Iran
     
    Best illustrator: Afsaneh Moradi from Iran
     
    Best poster designer: Amin Akbarnejad from Iran
     
    Best cartoonist: Puya Abdoli from Iran
     
    Best photographer: Seyyed Reza Mehri from Iran
     
    Eleven Iranian provinces including Tehran, Alborz, Khuzestan, Semnan, Hamedan, Kerman, Lorestan, Golestan and Gheshm concurrently hosted the festival, which was held from February 2 to 30.
     
    Cartoonists from 30 countries, photographers from nine countries and poster designers of six nationalities competed at the festival.
     
    Painting, calligraphy, miniature, pottery and ceramics, illustration, and sculpture are the other sections of the festival that are national competitions.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Two Iranian films have been nominated for TRT Documentary Awards, an international competition held by the national Turkish Radio and Television Corporation.
     
    “Trucker and the Fox” by Arash Lahuti and “Seconds of Lead” by Seyyed Reza Razavi will be contending for the awards, which will be presented during a ceremony in Istanbul on May 13, organizers announced last week.
     
    “Trucker and the Fox” chronicles the life of a trucker named Mahmud Kiani Falavarjani, a documentarian whose works are on wildlife.
     
    “Seconds of Lead” reflects the efforts Iranian author Narges Abyar made to explore the massacre of demonstrators during the reign of Iran’s last monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in Tehran’s Jaleh Square on September 8, 1978.
     
    The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation also known as TRT (Turkish: Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu) was founded in 1964; it is the national public broadcaster of Turkey. 
     
    It has more than 10 television channels and more than 10 radio channels. TRT Belgesel is dedicted to screening documentary films.
     
    TRT Documentary Awards were first organized in 2009 on a national scale. The international category was added to the event in 2010.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian composer and violin virtuoso Bardia Kiaras has been selected for the jury of the Renaissance International Music Festival, which will be held in Gyumri, Armenia in April.

     
    He will be on the panel for the composing section of the festival, which will take place in the second largest city of the country from April 10 to 19, Persian media announced on Monday.
     
    “I am glad to have the honor of being a member of a jury in youth and I hope it will be good experience in my career in music,” Kiaras told MNA.
     
    He has been conductor of Iran’s National Orchestra since December 2010.
     
    The festival has been organized by the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Culture and the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory.
     
    The aim of the organizers is to advocate classical art, to establish new friendly ties between musicians and performers of different nationalities, and to bring foreign artists closer to Armenian culture.
     
    Ensembles and musicians from Georgia, Russia, Greece, France, Italy, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania and several other countries will attend the event.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Lebanese Minister of Culture Gaby Layoun met Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini in Tehran on Sunday.

     
    He has traveled to Iran to discuss ways to execute the mutual cultural agreements with his Iranian counterpart.
     
    “There is great potential for cultural education and exchange between our two countries, which could help the nations boost their close friendship,” Hosseini said during a press conference at Tehran’s Azadi Hotel.
     
    “So far, most of the ties between our two nations have revolved around political and economic issues, but we will try to expand relations in cultural fields from now on,” Layoun stated.
     
    He said that Iranian cultural productions have been warmly welcomed at various events in Lebanon.
     
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