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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- A new wind instrument, named the yasnai, will be introduced during concerts that are being organized by tar virtuoso Kayvan Saket.  

     
    Mohammad Beigi, the creator of the instrument, will play it during the concerts, which will be held at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall from May 8 to 10, Saket said at a press conference on Monday.
     
    Beigi is an expert constructor of the ney, an Iranian wind instrument which is mostly used in traditional performances.
     
    The yasnai was previously unveiled during a ceremony at Iran’s House of Music on June 30, 2012.
     
    The instrument resembles the balaban, an instrument which is common in Azeri music. 
     
    However, new keys have been added to increase the capability of the instrument, Saket stated.
     
    The name of the instrument is of Avestan origin. Yasna means happiness and prayer in the ancient Iranian language Avestan.
     
    The instrument can be played solo as well as in orchestral performances and can be adapted to different musical ranges like soprano, alto, and bass. 
     
    Vocalist Salar Aqili will accompany Saket and Beigi during the concerts. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- Sales have slumped by 50 percent in the international section of the 26th Tehran International Book Fair in comparison with the figures for the previous edition of the event, the director of the section said on Tuesday.

     
    “We expected a more extensive decrease, but we would be happy if the extent of decline in the sales stops at this level,” Mohammadreza Vasfi told the Persian service of ISNA.
     
    “The reasons for this drop should be researched in the people’s pocket… but due to last year’s economic recession, this decline in sales is natural,” he added.
     
    “It will be worrisome if the book fair’s turnover decreases, because in this case, the culture and scientific status of the society would be affected,” he stated.
     
    Iran’s national currency has lost about 60 percent in value against foreign currencies and there has been a deep recession in the country over the past two years.
     
    Nader Qadyani, the director of the Union of Tehran Publishers and Bookstores, also said on Tuesday that a survey shows a 20 to 30 percent drop in the book fair’s sales in the national section this year.
     
    Iranian writer Mohammadreza Bairami lamented the sharp drop in the number of visitors to the book Fair in his interview published in the Persian service of MNA on Sunday.
     
    He said that the high cost of living and unstable economic conditions has caused the drop in the number of visitors.
     
    However, organizers announced on Sunday that over one million people have visited the book fair since May 1, when the fair opened to public.
     
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    TEHRAN –Tehran is hosting a two-day meeting of ACD (Asia Cooperation Dialogue) culture ministers and high ranking officials, the first session of which began on Tuesday.
     
    Representatives from 32 countries are attending the meeting, which has been arranged to study ways for better cooperation in different cultural fields, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    The meeting was inaugurated with an opening speech by Iran Cinema Organization Director Javad Shamaqdari followed by a short report on ACD recent developments delivered by the Thai delegation, which is the main coordinator.
     
    Cooperation in cinema, media, publication, culture and anthropology were some of the topics discussed on the first day.
     
    The participating guests are due to offer their new propositions on better collaboration of ACD member states on the second day of the meeting. 
     
    The ACD member states include Iran, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, The Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, , India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Russia, Kazakhstan and Bahrain.
     
    Tehran hosted the ACD Ministerial Meeting in 2010.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Arasbaran Cultural Center will screen two short thriller films from South Korea this evening.
     
    “Hide and Seek” by Huh Jung and “Lizard Girl” by Choi Si-young will go on screen at the center.
     
    “Hide and Seek” is the story of a man with a guilty conscience who visits his brother’s place when he’s reported missing. 
     
    “Lizard Girl” is about a father who persuades his two daughters to commit suicide by eating pills since he believes that a beast is coming after them.
     
    However one of the girls throws up the pill and survives to confront with the beast.
     
    The center is located on Arasbaran St., in the Seyyed Khandan neighborhood.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A new wind instrument, named the yasnai, will be introduced during concerts that are being organized by tar virtuoso Kayvan Saket.  

     
    Mohammad Beigi, the creator of the instrument, will play it during the concerts, which will be held at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall from May 8 to 10, Saket said at a press conference on Monday.
     
    Beigi is an expert constructor of the ney, an Iranian wind instrument which is mostly used in traditional performances.
     
    The yasnai was previously unveiled during a ceremony at Iran’s House of Music on June 30, 2012.
     
    The instrument resembles the balaban, an instrument which is common in Azeri music. 
     
    However, new keys have been added to increase the capability of the instrument, Saket stated.
     
    The name of the instrument is of Avestan origin. Yasna means happiness and prayer in the ancient Iranian language Avestan.
     
    The instrument can be played solo as well as in orchestral performances and can be adapted to different musical ranges like soprano, alto, and bass. 
     
    Vocalist Salar Aqili will accompany Saket and Beigi during the concerts. 
     
    SB/YAW/HG
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    TEHRAN -- Sales have slumped by 50 percent in the international section of the 26th Tehran International Book Fair in comparison with the figures for the previous edition of the event, the director of the section said on Tuesday.

     
    “We expected a more extensive decrease, but we would be happy if the extent of decline in the sales stops at this level,” Mohammadreza Vasfi told the Persian service of ISNA.
     
    “The reasons for this drop should be researched in the people’s pocket… but due to last year’s economic recession, this decline in sales is natural,” he added.
     
    “It will be worrisome if the book fair’s turnover decreases, because in this case, the culture and scientific status of the society would be affected,” he stated.
     
    Iran’s national currency has lost about 60 percent in value against foreign currencies and there has been a deep recession in the country over the past two years.
     
    Nader Qadyani, the director of the Union of Tehran Publishers and Bookstores, also said on Tuesday that a survey shows a 20 to 30 percent drop in the book fair’s sales in the national section this year.
     
    Iranian writer Mohammadreza Bairami lamented the sharp drop in the number of visitors to the book Fair in his interview published in the Persian service of MNA on Sunday.
     
    He said that the high cost of living and unstable economic conditions has caused the drop in the number of visitors.
     
    However, organizers announced on Sunday that over one million people have visited the book fair since May 1, when the fair opened to public.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan have established an organization, which will be a center for art and cultural collaborations among the Persian speaking nations.
     
    Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini and Minister of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan Mirzoshohruh Asrori announced the establishment of the Art and Cultural Organization of Persian Speaking Countries after signing an agreement at the 26th Tehran International Book Fair on Tuesday, the Iranian Culture Ministry announced in a press release.
       
    “We have friendly relations with all Persian speaking nations,” Hosseini said during the meeting, stressing the need to expand cultural cooperation among them.
     
    He said that Hojjatollah Ayyubi, the former Iranian director of the ECO Cultural Institute, has been appointed the general secretary of the organization.
     
    “I am sure that this cultural unity will scale up our relations in other fields,” Asrori said. 
     
    “I am very pleased that signing the agreement gave us the opportunity to visit the book fair,” he added.
     
    Afghanistan’s culture minister did not attend the meeting. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian filmmaker Majid Majid was honored at the International Conference of Diplomacy and Soft Power in the Seerah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S), which opened on Wednesday in Tehran.
     
    He received an award for “Muhammad (S)”, his film project that will depict the life of the Prophet of Islam from the age of 12 until his appointment to prophethood. 
     
    Several scholars were also honored at the conference, which has been organized by the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, and several other Iranian organizations.
     
    Among them were Allama Sayyid Ja’far Murtada al-Amili from Lebanon, Mohammad-Hassan Akhtari from Iran, and Zafar Bangash from Canada.
     
    The two-day conference has been organized to discuss the principles of diplomacy in the seerah nabawiya, which is the manner, conduct, appearance and behavior of Prophet Muhammad (S) in the context of his life and the time and place of the people to whom he was sent.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian calligraphers have won all the awards in the nastaliq section of the 9th International Calligraphy Competition organized by the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) in Istanbul.
     
    Habib Ramezanpur won the first award, the second award was given to Babak Hejazi, and the third went to Ali Fakhari. Three other calligraphers Ali Kheiri, Mohammadreza Pajand and Mohammadreza Rahimpur also received honorable mentions in this section, organizers have announced on the competition’s website.
     
    Moreover, the first award of the kufic section went to Saber Safaii from Iran.
     
    The competition was held in ten main styles of calligraphy. Ihab Ibrahim Thabit from Palestine won the first award of the naskh section and the first award of thuluth went to Abdah Muhammad H. al-Jamal from Egypt. 
     
    The calligraphy competition is organized once every three years. Prominent Iranian calligrapher Jalil Rasuli was among the jury members who met at IRCICA’s headquarters in Istanbul in April this year.
    The competition has been organized to preserve, revive and promote the classical art of Islamic calligraphy and to encourage young artists.
     
    The 9th International Calligraphy Competition was held in the name of Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a Turkish academic, diplomat and current Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian and Georgian scholars discussed the expansion of cultural relations between the two countries during a meeting at the 26th Tehran International Book Fair on Tuesday.
     
    The Iranian cultural attaché in Tbilisi Ehsan Khazaii, Chairman of the Georgian Writers Union Makvala Gonashvili, Georgian Iranologist Nomadi Bartaia, Georgian Shahnameh expert Bela Shalvashvilis, and several scholars and officials attended the meeting.
     
    The Iranian cultural attaché’s office in Georgia has invited members of the Georgian Writers Union to visit the Tehran International Book Fair, Khazaei mentioned during the meeting.
     
    “The translation of Persian books into Georgian by veteran Georgian Iranologists is one of the important activities to boost ties between the two countries,” Gonashvili said during the event.
     
    She said that all of the houses in Georgia have at least some Persian books in their libraries.
     
    The Tehran International Book Fair, which is currently underway at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla, run until May 11.
     
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    TEHRAN – An Iranian director has made a documentary that highlights the Persian classical poet Sadi’s influence on Lazare Carnot (1753–1823), an administrator in successive governments of the French Revolution.
     
    Farshad Ektesabi directed the documentary entitled “Sadi Carnot”, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    Carnot’s devotion to Sadi’s masterpieces Bustan (The Orchard) and Gulistan (The Rose Garden) has been shown in the documentary, which will be aired in the near future by Mostand TV, an Iranian channel dedicated to showing documentary films.
     
    Under the influence of his devotion to Sadi, Lazare chose his son’s third given name after the Persian poet. Lazare’s grandsons also followed this precedent.   
     
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    TEHRAN -- Collections featuring various aspects of Islamic art were put on display in an exhibition at the Abolfazl Aali Gallery of Tehran’s Art Bureau on Tuesday.

     
    Paintings and works of calligraphy, illumination and gol-o-morgh -- a unique style of Persian painting featuring bird and floral motifs in different colors, have been showcased at the exhibit, Art Bureau reported in a press release on Wednesday.
     
    The artworks have been created by Mitra Lashkari, Susan Hadavand, Zohreh Zamanian, Akram Ziaii, Keivan Shojaei, and several other Iranian artists.
     
    Art Bureau Director Mohsen Momeni-Sharif and Nazeih Taleb Maarouf, the Head of the Crafts Development Program at the International Research Center on Islamic Culture and Art (IRCICA) in Istanbul, were among the guests who inaugurated the exhibition.
     
    A group of artists and journalists from China, Turkey, Tunisia, Tajikistan, Malaysia, Uganda Egypt and Sudan also attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition. 
     
    The bureau is located on Somayyeh St., off Hafez Ave.
     
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  • 05/10/13--08:15: What’s in Art Galleries
  • Painting

     
    * An exhibition of abstract paintings by Hossein Cheraghchi is currently underway at the Golestan Gallery.
     
    The exhibit runs until May 15 at the gallery located at 34 Kamasaii St. in the Darus neighborhood.
     
    * “Iran’s Joy”, the latest series by painter Omid Banaii, is currently on display in an exhibition at the Arte Gallery.
     
    The show will continue until May 20 at the gallery located at 3 Golestan St., Alikhani Blvd., South Shiraz Ave.
     
    Painting/sculpture
     
    * A collection of paintings and sculptures on the theme of the stories of the Shahnameh, the masterpiece of the Persian epic poet Ferdowsi, is currently on display in an exhibition at the Laleh Gallery.
     
    This collection comprises 35 works by Sirus Aqakhani, Hannibal Alkhas, Sediqeh Ale-Davud, Reza Afsari, and Amir-Hossein Bahari.
     
    The exhibition continues until May 15 at the gallery located on Fatemi St., near Laleh Park.
     
    Photo
     
    * “Tehran Leaning a Bit towards the Right”, a series by photographer Mohammad Ghazali, is on display in an exhibition at the Asar Gallery.
     
    The collection, which has been created over the past three years, reflects a nostalgic look at Tehran.
     
    The exhibit will continue until May 30 at the gallery, which can be found at 16 Barforushan St. off Iranshahr Street.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian photographer Sadeq Tirafkan, famous for his photomontages, died in Toronto on Thursday at the age of 48. He had been suffering from brain cancer over the past few years.

     
    Tirafkan was born in Iraq in 1965 to Iranian parents and moved to Iran when he was 6. He continued his studies at the University of Tehran and was a graduate of photography.
     
    His works mostly focused on themes of Iranian traditions and religious rituals. He used his knowledge of culture to explore his Persian identity. Since the late 1980s, he participated in numerous solo exhibitions and group shows around the globe and his works have been made part of the permanent collections of several museums worldwide.
     
    He used different media in his works including photography, video installation and collage.
     
    His works are preserved in the collections of several museums including the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, British Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
     
    In one of his solo exhibits held in Tehran’s Asar Gallery in 2008, the artist mentioned about his struggle with cancer and that he has been recovering. He believed in the power of his mother’s prayers, which have surprised the doctors. 
     
    Ha had dedicated his installation to the love of mothers, especially his own mom.
     
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    TEHRAN – The National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan donated a collection of books and CDs to the Iran National Library and Archives (INLA) on Thursday. 

     
    The donation was made during a ceremony at the 26th Tehran International Book Fair, INLA announced in a press release on Friday.
     
    The deputy director of the National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan, Suumbika Razilevna Ziganshina, and the chairman of the Tatarstan parliament’s Committee for Culture, Science, Education, and National Issues, Razil Valiev, attended the ceremony.
     
    The books center on culture, history, civilization, theater, anthropology and several other subjects.
     
    Valiev, who had earlier visited INLA and had held talks with its officials, expressed hope that both countries would expand their cultural relations.
     
    He said that his country is in need of electronic copies of the sources kept in the libraries across Iran and hoped that INLA can help them in this regard.
     
    Ziganshina was also surprised to see the large number of Iranian visitors at her country’s pavilion and believed it shows the cultural commonalities of the two nations.
     
    In addition, INLA Deputy Director Gholamreza Azizi, who was present at the ceremony, said that INLA can help Tatarstan in training experts on the restoration of historical monuments of their country.
     
    Several experts from Iraq, Georgia and Oman have previously attended the restoration courses held at INLA over the past few years, Azizi added.
     
    The 26th Tehran International Book Fair running at Tehran’ Imam Khomeini Mosalla closes today.
     
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    TEHRAN – A computer game, which depicts a resistance movement organized by Raeis-Ali Delvari in the southern Iranian region of Tangestan during the early twentieth century, will be released this summer in Iran. 

     
    The game, entitled “Call to Freedom: Tangestan” and previously unveiled on Abu Musa Island in April 2012, has been produced by the Pardazesh-Afzar Pezhvak Company and Iran’s National Foundation for Computer Games.
     
    The play has been produced under the auspices of the foundation.
     
    The company used scenes cut from motion pictures in creating the first-person shooter game.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 26th Tehran International Book Fair concluded during a ceremony at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla on Saturday.
     
    Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini and a number of cultural officials attended the event.
     
    Following a brief speech delivered by the culture minister, the best publishers of the year in various categories were announced during the ceremony.
     
    The Organization for Researching and Composing University Textbooks in the Humanities (SAMT) was selected as the best publisher of the year in the public sector and Sokhan Publications was proclaimed the best publisher of the year in the private sector.
     
    In addition, Qadyani Publications was named the best publisher of children’s books in the private sector and the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) was awarded as the best publisher of children’s books in the public sector.
     
    A total of 77 publishers from different countries, including Britain, U.S., Germany, India, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, attended the fair this year. 
     
    Over 90 publishing companies attended the World Book Market, a section which was established to boost cooperation between Iranian and foreign publishers this year. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- An Iranian ensemble led by vocalist Vadud Moazzen is scheduled to give a concert at the Shashmaqam Music Festival in Tajikistan.
     
    The festival opened during a ceremony at the Sadriddin Aini State Opera & Ballet Theater in Dushanbe on yesterday, the Persian service of FNA reported.
     
    Mehran Ahmad-Hazrati, Ahmad Sattari, Yusef Moharramian, Mehran Farshbaf are the members of the ensemble, which is led by the vocalist Vadud Moazzen.
     
    Musicians from Afghanistan, China, and Azerbaijan have participated in the event, which is annually held to celebrate Tajikistan’s National Shahsmaqam Day, which is May 12.
     
    Shashmaqam or six maqams (suites) is a Central Asian musical genre, (typical of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).
     
    Each maqam is set in one of the classical Persian musical modes, or melodic forms, each of which has a specific scale, typical melodic patterns, and accepted emotional content.
     
    Regional courts and large towns developed their own sets of maqams, performed in unison by an orchestra and a male chorus.
     
    The festival will run until May 14 in Dushanbe.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Russian translation of “Ahsan ul-Qisas”, a book containing Quranic stories, has recently been published in Latvia and distributed in Russia.

     
    The book has been written by Iran-based Arab author Kamal al-Seyyed and translated into Russian by Anastasia Ezhova and S. Petrov, the Islamic Culture Research Foundation of Russia has announced on its website.
     
    The book has been illustrated by Anna Morgunova. 
     
    “Ahsan ul-Qisas” (not to be confused with “Ahsan al-Qisas” by Ahmed Qubeysi) contains stories from the Holy Quran. Al-Seyyed simplified the stories for the young adults.
     
    The author has tried to introduce the prophets from Adam (AS) to Jesus (AS) with the help of the Quranic verses and the interpretations. 
     
    The book has been published in collaboration with the Islamic Culture Research Foundation of Russia.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) will screen four documentary films at the Cannes Film Market, which will be held from May 15 to 24.

     
    The documentaries are “I Am a White Mercenary” by Taha Karimi, “Seconds of Lead” by Farahnaz Sharifi, “Glimmer” by Omid Abdollahi and “Trucker and the Fox” by Arash Lahuti.   
     
    “I Am a White Mercenary” is about Saeid Jaf, who claims to be a ‘Kurdish Schindler’ responsible for saving thousands of Kurds during Saddam Hussein’s infamous Al Anfal genocide in 1988.
     
    “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.
     
    “Glimmer” tells the story of an old optician who is going to close his optometry shop due to his weak eyesight. But there is still a client who has not come to pick up her eyeglasses yet.
     
    “Trucker and the Fox” chronicles the life of Mahmud Kiani Falavarjani, a documentarian who does not have any academic education and is a trucker.
     
    The Marché du Film (Film Market) is the business counterpart of the Cannes Film Festival and one of the largest film markets in the world.
     
    Established in 1959, it is held annually in conjunction with the Cannes Festival.
     
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