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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- A collection of photos featuring part of the world history of civilization in Lebanon is currently on display in an exhibition at Tehran’s Ibn Sina Cultural Center.
     
    Entitled “Heliopolis”, the collection contains photos of the historical cities of Baalbek and Byblos in the country. The collection has been prepared by Iranian photographer Masumeh Javadinasab.
     
    Heliopolis is the ancient name of Baalbek during the period of Roman rule. It was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire and contains some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon.
     
    Diplomat and art collector Sadeq Kharrazi, ECO Cultural Institute Director Iftikhar Hussain Arif, art critic Seyyed Ahmad Mohit-Tabatabaei and a number of Iranian officials attended the opening ceremony of the exhibit on Monday.
     
    The exhibition runs until Friday at the center located on Iran-Zamin St., in the Shahrak-e Gharb District.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A selection of artworks from several Iranian private collections was put on display in an exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of Tehran’s Sadabad Palace Museum on Monday. 
     
    Old banknotes, stamps, paintings, rare documents, coins and boxes of matches, which belong to six collectors, have been showcased at the exhibition.
     
    Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) Deputy Director Yahya Rahmati, and several officials attended the opening ceremony of the exhibit, which will be running until July 13.
     
    Some of the artifacts date back about 190 years.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Persian translation of “Death Drinks It Bitter”, a novel on the 2011 Egyptian revolution, has been released by Afkar Publications in Iran.

     
    The book was written by the Egyptian writer Wajdi al- Kumi, and translated into Persian by Karim Purzobeyd.
     
    The book is about an Egyptian ambulance technician who tries to help injured demonstrators in Cairo during the 2011 revolution.  
     
    The 2011 Egyptian revolution took place following a popular uprising that began on January 25, 2011. The uprising was mainly a campaign of non-violent civil resistance. 
     
    Millions of protesters demanded the overthrow of the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Despite being predominantly peaceful in nature, the revolution was not without violent clashes between security forces and protesters, with at least 846 people killed and 6,000 injured. 
     
    On February 11, following weeks of determined popular protest and pressure, Mubarak resigned from office.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian director Zahra Sabri has recently has donated a collection of 11 puppets to the Tolosa International Puppet Center -- TOPIC in Spain.

     
    “I, along with puppet maker Fatemeh Abbasi, produced the puppets over a period of about two months. They include Mobarak, Kordbacheh, Saqqa and Zivar Qabeleh,” Sabri said in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    The puppets were made following a proposal by the TOPIC to add a number of Iranian puppets to its collection, she added.
     
    She said that TOPIC is one of the major European centers that is displaying puppets from across world. 
     
    “We donated these 11 puppets to TOPIC as examples of the Iranian cultural heritage,” she stated.
     
    Sabri is the director of Yas-e Tamam, a puppetry troupe, which performed “The Bald Champion” in Spain two years ago.
     
    “I donated the puppet of ‘The Bald Champion’ (Pahlavan Kachal) to TOPIC after the performance,” she said.
     
    She added that director Behruz Gharibpur had also donated Mobarak to the center a few years ago.
     
    Yas-e Tamam has performed at many international festivals.
     
    Their puppet show “The Earth and the Universe” won the Grand Prix for the best presentation at the International Festival of Puppetry Art held in Poland in May, 2012.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A royal glass chandelier at the Sahebqaranieh Palace of the Niavaran Cultural Historical Complex in Tehran has fallen to the floor and smashed to pieces.

     
    The artifacts fell due to the weakness in the ceiling, director of the complex told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.
     
    “The palace dates back over 150 years and it is natural that it loses its strength. Thus, the collapse of part of the ceiling led to the fall of the chandelier,” Masumeh Bakuchi said.
     
    She noted that no one was involved in the accident and added that no one was present when it occurred.
     
    Bakuchi said that funds are scheduled to be allocated for restoration of the ceilings of the palace.
     
    The Sahebqaranieh Palace was constructed during the reign of Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah (1831-1896). Former Iranian monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi used it as his office and as a place where he received VIPs.
     
    In 2011, 59 chandeliers and 76 wall lights of the monument were dusted off. One of the chandeliers of the palace was given by King Farouk I of Egypt as a wedding gift when his sister Dilawar Princess Fawzia of Egypt married Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1939.
     
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    TEHRAN – A team of Pakistani and Indian voice actors are scheduled to dub a lineup of Iranian animations into the Urdu language for broadcasting from the Urdu TV section of Iran’s Sahar Universal Network.
     
    The team has been commissioned by Urdu TV to dub the animations, the managing director of the television station, Davud Eskandari, announced in a press release on Wednesday.
     
    Urdu TV plans to create a special program for children in the upcoming months, he said, and added that the animations will gradually be broadcast in the program.
     
    He said that the animations mostly focus on social and religious themes.
     
    “Green Farm”, “My Friend and I”, “Shangulabad”, “Legend of Arash”, “Colored Pencils”, “Stories of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh”, “Stories of the Thousand and One Nights,” “Adventures of Kakoli”, “Stories of Hassani”, and “Dadashi and I” are among the animations.
     
    Sahar is an international Iranian TV channel available on satellite, which provides various programs for non-Persian speaking audiences across the world.
     
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of Iranian costume designs by the Tiara Group will open at Tehran’s Shaiss Gallery on July 13.
     
    The costumes, which bear beautiful patterns and embroideries, are designed by Elham Sattari and Tahereh Soltanlu based on Iranian taste and culture.
     
    “People like to make use of different foreign brands, which are of course offered at high prices in the market,” Sattari told the Persian service of ISNA on Wednesday.
     
    “However, we aimed to produce clothes of high quality at reasonable prices to encourage people to purchase Iranian brands,” she said.
     
    “I believe our costumes represent our identity and if we can design costumes with the patterns and colors that mostly match our identity and culture, we can help in avoiding the invasion of Western culture,” she added.
     
    Sattari also lamented that many gallery owners show no interest in holding exhibitions of costumes,forcing designers to show their products in private shows. 
     
    Designers need to be supported in order to hold more exhibits and produce better products, Soltanlu said.
     
    The exhibit will be running until July 18 at the gallery located at No. 41 Shirzad St., south of Daneshju Park, on Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A book on the lifestyle of the Iranian veteran Mostafa Chamran has been published in UK.
     
    Entitled “22: Not a new lifestyle for those who thirst for humanity!” the book is written by Nick Robinson in English. 
     
    The London-based Ahlubayt ltd. Book Publishing Team has released the book, which explores the life of Chamran in 88 short stories. 
     
    Chamran was commander of several military operations in the warzones of the Kordestan and Khuzestan regions during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. He was killed in a mortar attack in the Dehlavieh region near Ahvaz in 1981.
     
    He had completed his Ph.D. in electronics and plasma physics with excellent grades from the University of California at Berkeley.
     
    “This book is for those who are seeking truth and have not yet found it. It is for those who have freedom of thought and hate people depriving others of freedom, whether they are ordinary people on the streets of the city, or the great media that not only do not think freely but also do not let others think freely,” it is mentioned in the book’s introduction. 
     
    The electronic version of the book is now available on Amazon.com.
     
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  • 07/10/13--07:13: What’s in art galleries
  • Typography

     
    * The Imam Ali (AS) Religious Arts Museum is hosting the Asma-ul-Husna Poster Exhibition during the holy month of Ramadan.
     
    The exhibit displays a collection of typographic works featuring the names of Allah, which has been created by a group of graphic designers.
     
    The museum can be found on Esfandiar Blvd., near the intersection with Vali-e Asr Ave. in northern Tehran.
     
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    * Photos by Sahar Mokhtari will go on display in an exhibition at the Homa Gallery from July 12 to 23
     
    The gallery is located on 58 Chehrazi St., near the intersection of Niayesh Highway and Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
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    * A collection of works in enameling, inlay and qalamkari, which has been created by Morteza Jafari, is currently on display at the Gallery No. 1 of the Bahman Cultural Center.
     
    Qalamkari is plain-woven cotton cloths hand-printed with figured patterns.
     
    The exhibit runs until September 21 at the gallery located on Bahman Square, in southern Tehran.
     
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    TEHRAN -- An inscription at the bottom of a statue of Nezami Ganjavi (c. 1141-1209 CE) at Villa Borghese, a large landscaped garden in Rome, gives incorrect information about the Persian poet.

     
    The writing incorrectly introduces Nezami as an Azerbaijani poet, the Persian service of the ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    The statue was created under the auspices of the Republic of Azerbaijan and unveiled at the garden on April 20, 2012.
     
    Italy-based Iranians and a number of cultured Italians have signed a petition, asking the Municipality of Rome to correct the inscription.      
     
    Nezami, the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature, who brought a colloquial and realistic style to the Persian epic, was born in Ganja, the second largest city of the present-day Azerbaijan, which was part of Iran in the period Nezami lived.
     
    Much of the Caucasus was occupied by Russian troops during the 19th century and formally ceded to Russia under the terms of the treaties of Gulistan and Turkmenchay.
     
    Nezami’s reputation rests on his “Khamseh”, which is a pentalogy of poems written in Masnavi verse form (rhymed couplets) and totaling 30,000 couplets.
     
    There are various versions of “Khamseh” in Iranian libraries, but the two versions kept at the Central Library of the University of Tehran and the library of the Shahid Motahhari School and Mosque in Tehran were inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register list in May 2011.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A team of Iranian experts is restoring the broken royal chandelier of the Sahebqaranieh Palace of Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Historical Complex, deputy director of the complex announced on Thursday.
     
    The chandelier will be reinstalled in two weeks after the restoration is completed, Atusa Momeni said in a press release.
     
    “About a month ago, two lights on one of the chandeliers in the western hallway of the palace were accidentally severed and the chandelier tilted toward one side as a result,” she added.
     
    “The chandelier never fell to the floor and only the two lights were damaged,” she noted
     
    Momeni said that a team of experts has done initial studies on restoration of the artifact and it will be reinstalled in its former place in two weeks.
     
    The Persian service of MNA, quoting Niavaran Cultural Historical Complex Director Masumeh Bakuchi, reported that the glass chandelier at the Sahebqaranieh Palace had fallen to the floor and smashed to pieces.
     
    Bakuchi said that the artifacts fell due to the weakness in the ceiling and added that no one was involved in the accident.
     
    The Sahebqaranieh Palace was constructed during the reign of Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah (1831-1896). Former Iranian monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi used it as his office and as a place where he received VIPs.
     
    In 2011, 59 chandeliers and 76 wall lights of the monument were dusted off. One of the chandeliers of the palace was given by King Farouk I of Egypt as a wedding gift when his sister Dilawar Princess Fawzia of Egypt married Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1939.
     
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    TEHRAN – A collection of 50 Islamic fashions has been put on display in an exhibition at the 21st International Holy Quran Exhibition, which is currently underway at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla.
     
    The exhibition has been organized by the Fashion National Foundation to promote Islamic costumes, Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Hamid Shahabadi said in a press release on Saturday. 
     
    The foundation has tried to make use of Iranian costume designers and producers to make chadors based on traditional Iranian costumes promoting the culture of hijab, the Islamic dress code, he said.
     
    He regarded the chador a better hijab and said that this exhibit provides the chance for designers to become more familiar with new models.
     
    The Fashion National Foundation is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
     
    Moreover, the General Office for Dramatic Arts has arranged over 80 theater performances to be staged during the 21st International Holy Quran Exhibition.
     
    Plays with religious themes along with street performances have been warmly received by visitors during the previous editions of the exhibit, an official from the office Mahmud Farhang said.
     
    He added that storytelling has been added to street theater performances telling the stories of the prophets.
     
    Performances of naqqali, a style of storytelling dedicated to epic stories from the Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh have also been arranged, he said.
     
    In addition, an exhibition of photos depicting theater performances of previous editions of the exhibit has also been set up at the Quran Exhibit which runs until August 4. 
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian Kurdish singer Jivar Sheikholeslami plans to perform a benefit concert for Syrian refugee children in Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan concurrent with the Id al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of the month of Ramadan.
     
    The concert will be offered in two sections of Persian and Kurdish, Sheikholeslami said in a press release on Saturday.
     
    She said that she chose to give her performance in Sulaymaniyah since many Kurds live in Syria.
     
    Part of the concert has been composed by Ali Najafpur, she said, adding that several new arrangements of old folkloric songs are also scheduled to be performed during the concert.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian drama “Earth and Coral” will go on screen at Lebanese theaters from Id al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of the month of Ramadan.
     
    The film is dubbed into Arabic and will also be shown in Afghanistan in the near future, director Masud Atyabi told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    “Earth and Coral” was dubbed into Arabic by a team of leading Lebanese actors at the Boudi Naoum Studio in Beirut.
     
    The story of the film is set in Afghanistan after the U.S.-led invasion of the country. 
     
    The film tells the story of a man, whose wife is kidnapped by the U.S. forces. However, he is told that his wife was killed in an explosion. 
     
    A few years later during the wedding ceremony of his 
    daughter, the man sees a woman clad in a burka who kisses the bride and groom. When she calls her little son to leave the ceremony, the man recognizes from the voice that this woman is his wife. As a result, the man and the woman face a dilemma.
     
    The film was shot in Kabul with an all-Afghan cast.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian movie “The Height of Hope” will go on screen at the 19th Lessinia Film Festival, which will be held in the Italian city from August 28 to September 1.

     
    Directed by Keyvan Majidi, the film is about an old man and his daughter who live in Uramanat, a mountainous region in the western Iranian province of Kordestan. He begins planting a vineyard in memory of his wife with the help his daughter.
     
    A total of 234 films from 43 countries will compete at the festival, the website of the festival announced.
     
    The Lessinia Film Festival is the only Italian cinematographic competition dedicated exclusively to short films, documentaries, and full length features about the life, history and traditions of the mountains. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 10th International Festival of Bismillah opened at the Diplomatic Gallery of the Economic Cooperation Organization’s Cultural Institute (ECI) in Tehran on Friday.

     
    The festival, which highlights posters, calligraphy and logotype works on the theme of In the Name of Allah, has been organized by the ECI, the Ministry of Culture an Islamic Guidance, and several other Iranian institutes, the Culture Ministry announced in a press release on Saturday.  
     
    ECI Director Iftikhar Hussain Arif, Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini, and a number of critics and artists attended the opening ceremony of the festival.
     
    Forty calligraphy and 80 logotype works have been showcased at the festival, which will run until July 18.
     
    The artworks have been selected from 6500 submissions, which have been sent by artists from Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Jordan, China and several other countries.
     
    Copies of the selected works have also ben put on display in an exhibition at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center, which will host the event until July 22.
     
    In addition, the works will be transferred into the Iranian Majlis for a weeklong exhibit on August 4.
     
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    TEHRAN – Poet Ali Mo’allem Damghani, who is the director of the Iranian Academy of Arts (IAA), was admitted to Tehran’s Shohada-ye Tajrish Hospital on Saturday after suffering a brain problem.
     
    Mo’allem Damghani is expected to make a full recovery in about three to four weeks, his wife told the Persian service of MNA. 
     
    “He’s doing fine and responding well to treatment, according to what doctors have said,” she added.
     
    Mo’allem Damghani, 62, is famous for his poems composed on the Islamic Revolution and the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
     
    He was selected as the director of IAA in 2009 by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad after former director Mir-Hossein Mousavi was fired by the president.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Film Museum of Iran (FMI) held a private screening of “The Past” with director Asghar Farhadi on Saturday evening.
     
    Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami and a number of cineastes also attended the program, Persian news agencies reported on Sunday.  
     
    Speaking before the screening, Farhadi expressed his thanks to Khatami and his friends for attending the program and said that he feels happy watching the film with them in Iran.
     
    Farhadi returned home last week after he spent two years in Paris making the film about an Iranian man, who has ongoing domestic problems with his French wife.
     
    “During the two years I spent living outside of Iran, I found that the similarities between Iranians and foreigners are greater than their differences,” Farhadi said.
     
    He said that the media intensify the differences by disseminating disinformation.
     
    “The media have created the odd image the Western people have in their minds of us, and the vague image we have of the Westerners has been given by the cinema of the West,” Farhadi stated.
     
    He said that Iranians and the Western people are suffering from a false phobia of each other.
        
    “One of the things I found out by making this film is how much they are similar to us in feelings and how we are similar to them,” Farhadi noted.
     
    He expressed hope that both peoples would overcome “the false phobia.”
     
    FMI Managing Director Mohammad-Hassan Pezeshk presented a poster for “The Past” autographed by a number of cineastes to Khatami. In addition, he asked Khatami to sign a poster to be displayed at the museum.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Tehran’s Sangelaj Hall has decided to serve iftar, the evening meal for breaking the fast during Ramadan, as part of its program to avoid a decline in the number of theatergoers during the month of fasting.

     
    Reza Shafiian’s troupe is currently performing “The Chef Offers” in the theater. 
     
    The play is a comic-musical adaptation of the Zahhak story from Persian poet Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh.
     
    The troupe mixes ru-hozi, a form of traditional Iranian theatrical performance, and the technique of shadow play to change the epic story of the battle between the evil ruler Zahhak and the mythical hero Kaveh into a musical comedy play.
     
    Serving iftar to the audience was initiated in 2011 by two cast members of “No Entry for Men”, the comedy drama by director Rambod Javan.  
     
    Reza Attaran and Vishka Asayesh attended the evening screening at Tehran’s Azadi Cinema and served the meal to the filmgoers.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian films “Last Winter” and “Parviz” have been honored with prizes at the 10th Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia.

     
    The winners were announced during a closing ceremony at the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet on Saturday.
     
    “Parviz” directed by Majid Barzegar won the Silver Apricot, the runner-up award.
     
    “Parviz” is about a man in his fifties who has lived his entire life in his father’s home and has never held a job. His quiet routine suddenly comes apart when his father decides to remarry and tells him to move out.
     
    “Last Winter” directed by Salem Salavati won the FIPRESCI Award at the festival.
     
    The award is presented by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).  
     
    “Last Winter” is about a former mayor who still feels responsible for the depopulated village he once served. Many of his neighbors have left since they dammed the valley, and he takes care of their property. 
     
    His cheerful wife Baji, on the other hand, spends her time embroidering, although her eyes aren’t so good, and sometimes she reads a letter from their son Barzan, sent while he was serving in the military years before.
     
    “Circles” by Serbian filmmaker Srdan Golubovic won the Golden Apricot Award of the festival.
     
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