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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- Two Iranian animations will compete in the 9th China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF), which will be held in Hangzhou from April 26 to May 1.
     
    “Mammy Crow and the Fox” by Mohammad-Ali Soleimanzadeh, and “The Fox Who Followed the Sound” by Fatemeh Gudarzi will compete for the Golden Monkey King Award of the festival.
     
    “Mammy Crow and the Fox” is about a fox who threatens the Mammy Crow everyday. If she fails to provide the fox with his many requests, he will eat crow’s chickens.
     
    When the Mammy Crow is unable to supply all the fox’s demands, she gets together with her chickens and a gravedigger, and devises a plan to get rid of him. 
     
    “The Fox who followed the Sound” is about a jungle, which is always filled with the sound of music. One day the sound is not heard by the animals anymore, so the fox begins to search for the source of the music and the reason it stopped.
     
    The 2013 festival received about 700 entries this year, 56 of them have been selected for the final appraisal.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian pop singer Khashayar Etemadi has said that the official macro policy making in music has pushed new generation of singers to Western music.
     
    New conditions imposed restrictions on pop music in Iran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
     
    Most of the Iranian pop singers and a number of musicians left the country as result to live in self-imposed exile, mostly in Los Angeles. Thus, they were dubbed officially ‘the Los Angeles singers’.
     
    They resumed their career in Los Angeles providing fellow countrymen with their records.
     
    In 1990s, a new generation of pop singers emerged in Iran. The Iranian government lifted the restrictions on this music genre. By lifting the ban, the government also wanted to provide an alternative to the records that were being produced by the Iranian singers in Los Angeles.
     
    Etemadi was in the vanguard of the new period of the Iranian pop music at that time.
     
    “We, the first generation of pop music (after the victory of the Islamic Revolution), had something to say, but the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting’s policies hindered the flow,” Etemadi said in a press conference on Tuesday.
     
    “Thus, the satellite channels provided the role models for the third generation. I think macro official policy-making in music was the wrong way and there were some mistakes in the priorities at that time,” he added.
     
    The press conference was organized by the Soloist Art Institute in Tehran to discuss the current status of the Iranian pop music.
     
    “Pop music lapsed after the victory of the Islamic Revolution over a misunderstanding,” Etemadi said.
     
    “In 1993, I began to think that someone should clear up this misunderstanding… I consulted with my friends, experts and some officials, and they confirmed that the job was possible at that time,” he added.
     
    He said that Iranian cultural officials did not authorize his songs for recording due to a resemblance between his voice and the voice of a ‘Los Angeles singer’.
     
    However, one his songs based on one of Hafez’s poems was recorded and IRIB broadcasted it in 1995. He was banned again for the resemblance. 
     
    Afterwards, He sold his car to provide the necessary funds for recording his debut album “Delshooreh” (Anxiety). He convinced cultural officials to authorize the album and it was released in 1997. 
     
    He recorded several other albums, the latest of which was “You Are Condemned to Return” that was released last winter.
     
    He also performed many concerts in Iran and abroad, but he has not given a public performance over the past four years.
     
    “Pop music put on a good show after its rebirth… but the arrival of unprofessional people led to the downfall of Iranian pop music in the early 2000s. However, the unprofessional audience is always more dangerous,” Etemadi said.
     
    “Now I think of the professional fans of music. If I want to give a concert, I will be there, with a piano and on a moonlit night,” he stated.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- Over 1600 foreign publishers are slated to participate in the 26th Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF), which will be held from May 1 to 12.
     
    Publishers from 77 countries will take part at the fair, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini said in a press release on Thursday. 
     
    Publishers from different countries including Britain, U.S., Germany, India, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon will take part at the event.
     
    Bertelsmann, a German foundation is also scheduled to hold an educational seminar on book copyrights on the sidelines of the book fair.
     
    Tehran’s Imam Khomeili Mosalla will host the 26th Tehran International Book Fair.
     
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    TEHRAN – Works by prominent calligrapher and painter Mohammad Ehsaii shined at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction in Doha held on April 22, 2013.

     
    His work “Love”, an acrylic and silver leaf on canvas in six parts that was among the first top lots, sold for U.S.$437,000, and his “Allah”, an oil on canvas in twelve parts, earned U.S.$197,000 dollars in the auction.
     
    Works by several more Iranian artists including Farhad Moshiri, Nasrollah Afjeii, Jamshid Bayrami and Rokni Haerizadeh were also among the surprises of the sale, Sotheby’s has reported on its website.
     
    The top lot was Donald Judd’s Untitled (Bernstein 90-01), which sold for just over US$3.5 million. Other works included Julie Mehretu’s “Rising Down”, which sold for US$3 million, and “Icons of the Nile” by Chant Avedissian, which set a record for the artist at US$1.56 million.
     
    However, the sale at Sotheby’s achieved a total of US$15,199,750, the highest price ever for an auction of contemporary art in the Middle East.
     
    Robin Woodhead, chairman of Sotheby’s International believes that Sotheby’s ability to attract bidding from collectors from 15 countries across four continents in this auction affirmed the growing importance of the region in the international art world.
     
    Mohammad Ehsaii (born 1939) is undoubtedly one of the most prolific and talented calligraphers of the modern era. While his paintings display a level of technical proficiency on par with the old masters of the kufic, naskh and nastaliq traditions, his depictions are stripped of the superfluous adornments of their older counterparts, giving them a boldness, purity and immediacy which affirms the relevance of calligraphy in a modern context. 
     
    A true master of his craft, Ehsaii’s bold, stunning calligraphy is the modern standard-bearer of an artistic tradition spanning one thousand years.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian Artists Forum will be hosting a festival opening on May 5 highlighting pottery and earthenware from Kalpurgan, a region in Sistan-Baluchestan Province famous for its old geometrical patterns.

     
    Kalpurgan is located 25 kilometers southeast of Saravan in Sistan-Baluchestan Province where the art of pottery-making in this region dates back a thousand years, the forum reported in a press release published on Friday.
     
    The festival has been arranged to pay tribute to the deceased artisan of the region Delmorad Delvari, who helped revive pottery making in the region over the past decades.
     
    Moreover, several other programs have been arranged during the festival including an exhibition of pottery works, as well as screening films and documentaries on the process of making the earthenware. 
     
    A group of cultural figures from Tehran and Sistan-Baluchestan provinces are also expected to attend the opening ceremony.
     
    The forum is located on Musavi St., off Taleqani Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian novelist and author Amir-Hossein Fardi died of Respiratory complications on Thursday. He was 65.

     
    His funeral procession will be held on Saturday morning and he will be buried at Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery. 
     
    He was the editor-in-chief of the renowned children’s monthly Kayhan Bacheha for 24 years.
     
    He was also a member of the fiction council at the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA).
     
    His novel “Esmaeil” has been translated into English by Paul Sprachman and released in the U.S. in 2009.
     
    The 300-page “Esmaeil” tells the story of a man who out of the blue runs into the chaotic environment of the Islamic revolution in 1979.  
     
    The events of the revolution expand his consciousness and he discovers a new ideology for the remainder of his life.   
     
    “The Nest in Fog” and “A World of Butterflies” and “The Black Grass” is among his credits.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has offered his condolences over the death of children’s book writer Amir-Hossein Fardi.
     
    Following is the text of the Leader’s condolence message, which was published on Persian news agencies’ websites on Saturday:
     
    “I offer my condolences over the sorrowful death of the committed and mujahid artist and writer to the Iranian literati and artists of the revolution and to his family and friends.
     
    “This pious and diligent artist was one of the veterans of the literature of the revolution and founders of the groups of young revolutionary artists, who, with their great faith, helped the tree of the revolution flourish today against the bitter enemies and their wicked allies. I pray that God blesses him and his honest struggle.”
     
    Fardi, who was famous for the stories he created on the theme of the Islamic Revolution, died of a respiratory problem at the age of 64.
     
    Among his credits are “The Nest in Fog”, “A World of Butterflies”, and “The Black Grass”.
     
    His latest novel “Esmaeil” was translated into English by Paul Sprachman and published in the United States in 2009.
     
    MMS/YAW/HG
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    TEHRAN – Iranian scholar Parviz Marzban, famous for his translation of books on visual arts, died of natural causes on Thursday in Tehran. He was 96.
     
    Born in 1917 in Tehran, Marzban was known as the living encyclopedia of visual arts.
     
    Marzban was a graduate of English language, and began to teach Persian language and literature as well as French and English in Tehran high schools when he was 20. He also taught history and art criticism at Iranian universities for over 30 years.
     
    Moreover, he had translated several books into Persian. 
     
    Among the books are “Varieties of Visual Experience” by Edmund Burke Feldman, “Meaning of Beauty” by Eric Newton, “The Story of Civilization” by Will and Ariel Durant, and “The Arts of Persia” by R.W. Ferrier, and “History of Art” by Anthony F. Janson.
     
    He also wrote several books including “Pictorial Dictionary of Visual Arts” and “Summary of History of Art”.
     
    Marzban was honored for his translation of “The Arts of Persia” by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance a few years ago. 
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The president of the French Designers Alliance (AFD) François Caspar discussed the economic status of graphic designers and their rights and duties in meetings he had with the director and members of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society (IGDS) last week.
     
    He was invited to Iran by the IGDS.
     
    He also delivered a speech at the forum on Thursday, which was attended by many young graphic designers and artists.
     
    He believes that graphic designs have a positive impact on a society and this needs to be highlighted. He also said that Iranian designers need to unite and help themselves improve their economic status.
     
    Casper, who is also founder and researcher of Moneydesign.org, an organization that publishes the international design pricing guide, said that he and other French designers have long made efforts to organize French designers to help their economic situation.
     
    The main idea is that people do not ask for free designs any more, since most of the time they ask for a design but never paid anything, he said, adding, “So we said if any one wants even to look at a design, they will have to pay for it”.
     
    Casper was invited to Iran in mid-April to hold workshops at the Iranian Artists Forum.
    The workshops were part of the program organized for an Iranian graphic design festival, which ran from April 16 to 25.
     
    The Paris-based poster designer Caspar has been designing customized overall visual communication for government bodies, companies and theaters for over 20 years. 
     
    His posters have been awarded and shown in about 120 international exhibitions and are owned by public and private collections in Paris, Hamburg and New York. 
     
    The French Designers Alliance is the largest multi-disciplinary professional organization of designers in France.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian filmmaker Behruz Nuranipur has been honored at the 1st Sulaymaniyah Film Festival in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
     
    He received the award for best director for his “Crime and Silence”, on miseries of the war in Iraq. 
     
    The festival was held on the theme of genocide on April 20 and 21 in Sulaymaniyah, which is known as the cultural capital of the Kurdistan Region.
     
    The documentary has been screened in several Iranian and international festivals.
     
    It won the best documentary award at the 12th Kerman Resistance Film Festival, which was held in October 2012.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The celebrated Iranian vocalist Homayun Shajarian will perform a concert at the Festival Mawazine in Rabat, Morocco, in May and June.

     
    Musician brothers Sohrab and Tahmures Purnazeri and percussionist Hossein Rezainia will accompany him during the festival.
     
    The Purnazeri brothers will perform on the tar, tanbur (tambura), barbat, and kamancheh during the concert, which will be held on May 26.
     
    They will compete with seven other ensembles from across the world in the Chellah section of the festival. 
     
    The section is dedicated to the unique musical adventure “the Silk Road”, the network of trade routes that linked Asia to Europe for centuries. 
     
    “Rhythms of the World” is the theme of the event, which will take place in the Moroccan capital from May 24 to June 1.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- A collection of historical maps of the Persian Gulf is currently on display in an exhibition at the Sahab Geography and Cartography Institute in Tehran.

     
    The institute has organized the exhibit to celebrate National Persian Gulf Day, which is April 30 this year, the institute announced in a press release on Thursday.
     
    The collection consists of 50 maps dating back to various historical periods. The maps are in Latin, English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and several other languages.
     
    One of the maps was drawn by Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594), a cartographer from Holy Roman Empire.
     
    There is also a map drawn by Flemish cartographer and geographer Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598). Another major works of the collection prepared by Jodocus Hondius (1563–1612), a Flemish/Dutch engraver and cartographer.
     
    Maps drawn by Ottoman cartographer Ibrahim Muteferrika (1674–1745), British cartographers John Thornton (1641-1708) and John William Norie (1772-1843), and French cartographers Guillaume Delisle (1675–1726) and Guillaume Nicolas Delahaye (1725-1802) are also seen in the collection.
     
    Copies of the maps are offered at the exhibition, which runs until April 30 at the institute located at 30 Somayyeh St., near Shariati Ave.
     
    The exhibition is scheduled to be transferred to the 26th Tehran International Book Fair, which will be held from May 1 to 11.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Iranian scholar Parviz Marzban, famous for his translation of books on visual arts, died of natural causes on Thursday in Tehran. He was 96.
     
    Born in 1917 in Tehran, Marzban was known as the living encyclopedia of visual arts.
     
    Marzban was a graduate of English language, and began to teach Persian language and literature as well as French and English in Tehran high schools when he was 20. He also taught history and art criticism at Iranian universities for over 30 years.
     
    Moreover, he had translated several books into Persian. 
     
    Among the books are “Varieties of Visual Experience” by Edmund Burke Feldman, “Meaning of Beauty” by Eric Newton, “The Story of Civilization” by Will and Ariel Durant, and “The Arts of Persia” by R.W. Ferrier, and “History of Art” by Anthony F. Janson.
     
    He also wrote several books including “Pictorial Dictionary of Visual Arts” and “Summary of History of Art”.
     
    Marzban was honored for his translation of “The Arts of Persia” by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance a few years ago. 
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The president of the French Designers Alliance (AFD) François Caspar discussed the economic status of graphic designers and their rights and duties in meetings he had with the director and members of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society (IGDS) last week.
     
    He was invited to Iran by the IGDS.
     
    He also delivered a speech at the forum on Thursday, which was attended by many young graphic designers and artists.
     
    He believes that graphic designs have a positive impact on a society and this needs to be highlighted. He also said that Iranian designers need to unite and help themselves improve their economic status.
     
    Casper, who is also founder and researcher of Moneydesign.org, an organization that publishes the international design pricing guide, said that he and other French designers have long made efforts to organize French designers to help their economic situation.
     
    The main idea is that people do not ask for free designs any more, since most of the time they ask for a design but never paid anything, he said, adding, “So we said if any one wants even to look at a design, they will have to pay for it”.
     
    Casper was invited to Iran in mid-April to hold workshops at the Iranian Artists Forum.
    The workshops were part of the program organized for an Iranian graphic design festival, which ran from April 16 to 25.
     
    The Paris-based poster designer Caspar has been designing customized overall visual communication for government bodies, companies and theaters for over 20 years. 
     
    His posters have been awarded and shown in about 120 international exhibitions and are owned by public and private collections in Paris, Hamburg and New York. 
     
    The French Designers Alliance is the largest multi-disciplinary professional organization of designers in France.
     
    RM/YAW
    END
     

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    TEHRAN -- Iranian filmmaker Behruz Nuranipur has been honored at the 1st Sulaymaniyah Film Festival in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
     
    He received the award for best director for his “Crime and Silence”, on miseries of the war in Iraq. 
     
    The festival was held on the theme of genocide on April 20 and 21 in Sulaymaniyah, which is known as the cultural capital of the Kurdistan Region.
     
    The documentary has been screened in several Iranian and international festivals.
     
    It won the best documentary award at the 12th Kerman Resistance Film Festival, which was held in October 2012.
     
    SB/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- The celebrated Iranian vocalist Homayun Shajarian will perform a concert at the Festival Mawazine in Rabat, Morocco, in May and June.

     
    Musician brothers Sohrab and Tahmures Purnazeri and percussionist Hossein Rezainia will accompany him during the festival.
     
    The Purnazeri brothers will perform on the tar, tanbur (tambura), barbat, and kamancheh during the concert, which will be held on May 26.
     
    They will compete with seven other ensembles from across the world in the Chellah section of the festival. 
     
    The section is dedicated to the unique musical adventure “the Silk Road”, the network of trade routes that linked Asia to Europe for centuries. 
     
    “Rhythms of the World” is the theme of the event, which will take place in the Moroccan capital from May 24 to June 1.
     
    SB/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- A collection of historical maps of the Persian Gulf is currently on display in an exhibition at the Sahab Geography and Cartography Institute in Tehran.

     
    The institute has organized the exhibit to celebrate National Persian Gulf Day, which is April 30 this year, the institute announced in a press release on Thursday.
     
    The collection consists of 50 maps dating back to various historical periods. The maps are in Latin, English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and several other languages.
     
    One of the maps was drawn by Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594), a cartographer from Holy Roman Empire.
     
    There is also a map drawn by Flemish cartographer and geographer Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598). Another major works of the collection prepared by Jodocus Hondius (1563–1612), a Flemish/Dutch engraver and cartographer.
     
    Maps drawn by Ottoman cartographer Ibrahim Muteferrika (1674–1745), British cartographers John Thornton (1641-1708) and John William Norie (1772-1843), and French cartographers Guillaume Delisle (1675–1726) and Guillaume Nicolas Delahaye (1725-1802) are also seen in the collection.
     
    Copies of the maps are offered at the exhibition, which runs until April 30 at the institute located at 30 Somayyeh St., near Shariati Ave.
     
    The exhibition is scheduled to be transferred to the 26th Tehran International Book Fair, which will be held from May 1 to 11.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- “A Heart Bigger than the World” by the Iranian author Erfan Nazar-Ahari, which previously was published in South Korea, will be published in Iran in the near future.
     
    The book is one of 22 entries by writers from various countries to the Peace Story project of the 5th Nami Island International Book Festival in South Korea in 2010. 
     
    The book, illustrated by Ali Buzari, will be published by the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Persian, English, French and Italian.
     
    The original book, which was previously published in South Korea, was in Korean and English, but the new edition will also include the Italian and French translations. The book has been translated into Italian by Hanieh Inanlu, and Afzal Vosuqi has rendered it into French.
     
    The 5th Nami Island International Book Festival, which was held on Nami Island in 2010, gathered renowned children’s writers and illustrators from 22 countries to calibrate on a special project called “Peace Story,” an anthology of children’s short stories with an emphasis on peace.
     
    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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    Iranian filmmaker Mehdi Naderi, who split from “Welcome to Tehran” last week over Iranian cultural officials’ refusal to approve foreign actors for the film project, is making a docudrama on German secret agents in Iran during World War II.
     
    The docudrama, which has been given the tentative title of “Migration, Migration”, is based on a book of the same name, Naderi said in a press release on Saturday.
     
    The book comprises Ata Taheri’s accounts of World War II in Iran. 
     
    The film explores how Bernhardt Schulze-Holthus, an officer in German counter-intelligence and three other German secret agents penetrated Qashqai tribes in southern Iran to provoke their tribesmen to fight against the Allies.
     
    “Hitler’s army had been stopped at the gates of Leningrad and the British and Russian armies increasingly developed their resistance. Britain and Russia pressured Reza Shah to close down the German embassy, where they believed was a home to German secret agents. Afterwards, the German secret agents were forced to flee,” Naderi said.
     
    “Schulze-Holthus and three other German agents took refuge among the Qashqai nomads who took the Germans with them on their yearly migration to the nearby mountains. Based on Hitler’s plan to draw Iran into the war, the German agents hoped to inflame the tribesmen’s Anglophobia. The docudrama will study the outcomes of the plan,” he added.
     
    Naderi said that Filmmuseum Berlin, and the Anthropological Institute and Museum of University of Zurich provided sources of materials for the film, which is expected to premiere on the anniversary of the war this year on September 1.
     
    Naderi’s war drama “Farewell Baghdad” represented Iran at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Films category in 2011.
     
    He has recently withdrawn from “Welcome to Tehran” after he failed in his attempt to obtain the approval from Iranian officials for two Swiss actors to work for the film project, which was to explore problems tourists face due to the sanctions on Iran.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema was held with screenings of a collection of movies by renowned Iranian filmmakers from April 13 to 28.
     
    Among the films were “The Last Step” directed by Ali Mosaffa, “Modest Reception” by Mani Haqiqi, “No Entry for Men” by Rambod Javan, “Facing Mirrors” by Negar Azarbaijani, and “Fat Shaker” by Mohammad Shirvani, organizers announced. 
     
    In addition, “Street Sultans” by Zeinab Tabrizi and Paliz Khoshdel, “The Rhino Season” by Bahman Qobadi, and “Unwelcome in Tehran” by Mina Keshavarz were also screened during the celebration, which was organized by the UCLA Television and Film Archive. 
     
    Filmmakers Mosaffa, Azarbaijani, Shirvani, Bahram Beizaii, and Maziar Miri also attended the event.
     
    RM/YAW
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