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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- A collection of love poems entitled “I Walk on Your Feet”, which have been composed by the celebrated Iranian poet Shams Langerudi, has been published in Germany.
     
    Leila Nuri Naini translated the collection into German and it was published by Sujet Verlag, a company based in Bremen.
     
    The 346-page book contains 80 poems from Langerudi’s various poetry collections, he told the Persian service of ISNA on Monday.
     
    The book also contains a preface by the translator. 
     
    Shams Langerudi’s first collection was published in 1977 and he rose to fame in the 1980s. He has composed many poems published in “Thirst Behavior”, “Ash and Lady”, “Notes for Wooden Nightingale”, “Gardner of Hell” and several other books.
     
    He is mostly famous for his poetry. However, he is also the author of a novel “Parade on Hollow Earth”.
     
    His poems have also been translated into Azeri, Armenian and Turkish.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The British Book Center in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg hosted Iranian documentarian and scholar Komeil Soheili on July 5 for “Persia - Untold Stories”, his independent program during which he screens films on Iranian society and discusses the everyday life of Iranians.
     
    A graduate of the University of Tehran, Soheili also delivers speeches on Iranian tourist attractions, rich traditions as well as many aspects of the country’s modern life. 
     
    “The aim of the program is to bridge the gap between people of various nationalities and to help them talk about their own lifestyles,” Soheili previously said in an interview.
     
    Soheili began the program in May 2013 by travelling to Yerevan, Armenia. He also organized the program in the city of Rostov in Russia on June 6 and 7.
     
    “Persia - Untold Stories” is a nonprofit program, which is not affiliated with any political party.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Oud virtuoso Majid Nazempur has recently established a center to promote the musical instrument.
     
    The oud is a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Middle Eastern music, which is distinguished primarily by not having frets and is often seen as the predecessor of the Western lute.
     
    Interested individuals can learn how to play oud at this center entitled the Iranian House of Oud, Nazempur told the Persian service of IRNA on Monday.
     
    Sessions on the history of the instrument and the process of how to make an oud and how to preserve it will also be held at the center, he added.
     
    He also said the center is home to a rich collection of CDs of world famous oud players as well as a library of books on the oud.
     
    A collection of different samples of ouds are also on display at this center, he said.
     
    “Establishing the center was an old dream of mine, which finally came true,” he said, adding that this center will have active participation with the oud centers in the Islamic countries.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Iran Cinema Organization Director Javad Shamaqdari has demanded that the Film Museum of Iran (FMI) eliminate its section dedicated to London-based Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

     
    He made the demand in a response to Makhmalbaf’s remarks in favor of Baha’ism during the Jerusalem Film Festival and also due to his presence at the event in Israel last week.
     
    “It is appropriate in this month (Ramadan), the last Friday of which will witness demonstrations by millions of Muslims against the Zionists, that the Film Museum of Iran is cleansed of the filmmaker’s memorabilia,” Shamaqdari wrote in a letter to FMI Managing Director Mohammad-Hassan Pezeshk on Sunday.
     
    “The Gardner”, Makhmalbaf’s docudrama that was shot at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, was screened at the Israeli film festival.
     
    Mahkhmalbaf, a former revolutionary who has made over 20 films on various issues, left Iran in 2005 shortly after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president.
     
    No official comment has been made about Shamaqdari’s letter so far.
     
    However, Iranian filmmaker Fereidun Jeirani has criticized Shamaqdari for his decision to call for the removal of the Makhmalbaf memorabilia from the museum.
     
    In a letter to Shamaqdari, Jeirani asked him “not to mix the history of Iranian cinema with politics.”
     
    “Avoid making a hasty and emotional decision,” he wrote in the letter, which was published by the Persian service of ISNA on Monday.
     
    “The removal of the items will never lead to the removal of his name and his awards from the written history,” he added.
     
    “I request that you cancel the order and let the Film Museum (of Iran) eschew politics,” Jeirani wrote.
     
    MMS/YAW/HG
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    TEHRAN -- A large collection of Quranic artworks by giants of Persian calligraphy will be offered at an auction, which will be held in Tehran in early August.

     
    This is the second large auction of calligraphy works and Quranic artworks, the first of which was warmly received last year, the director of the auction, Mohammadreza Kamareii, said in press release on Monday.
     
    The artists are asked to announce their favorite price first, Kamareii said, “our policy-making council will next select the works and the final price of each item will be appointed by experts,” he added.
     
    Gholamhossein Amirkhani, Mohammad Ehsaii, Yadollah Kaboli, Mojtaba Sabzeh, Ali Ganji, Elaheh Khatami, Rasul Moradi, Azim Fallah, Mojtaba Karami and Hossein Salehi are among the participating artists.
     
    Moreover, a rare poster by father of Iranian graphic art Morteza Momayyez (1935-2005) bearing an image of Quranic stories is scheduled to go on sale in this auction, he said.
     
    He added that during their visits to the 10th International Festival of Bismillah on Friday, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini and several Iranian bank managers showed interest in purchasing some of the works at the upcoming auction. 
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- A collection of love poems entitled “I Walk on Your Feet”, which have been composed by the celebrated Iranian poet Shams Langerudi, has been published in Germany.
     
    Leila Nuri Naini translated the collection into German and it was published by Sujet Verlag, a company based in Bremen.
     
    The 346-page book contains 80 poems from Langerudi’s various poetry collections, he told the Persian service of ISNA on Monday.
     
    The book also contains a preface by the translator. 
     
    Shams Langerudi’s first collection was published in 1977 and he rose to fame in the 1980s. He has composed many poems published in “Thirst Behavior”, “Ash and Lady”, “Notes for Wooden Nightingale”, “Gardner of Hell” and several other books.
     
    He is mostly famous for his poetry. However, he is also the author of a novel “Parade on Hollow Earth”.
     
    His poems have also been translated into Azeri, Armenian and Turkish.
     
    SB/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- The British Book Center in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg hosted Iranian documentarian and scholar Komeil Soheili on July 5 for “Persia - Untold Stories”, his independent program during which he screens films on Iranian society and discusses the everyday life of Iranians.
     
    A graduate of the University of Tehran, Soheili also delivers speeches on Iranian tourist attractions, rich traditions as well as many aspects of the country’s modern life. 
     
    “The aim of the program is to bridge the gap between people of various nationalities and to help them talk about their own lifestyles,” Soheili previously said in an interview.
     
    Soheili began the program in May 2013 by travelling to Yerevan, Armenia. He also organized the program in the city of Rostov in Russia on June 6 and 7.
     
    “Persia - Untold Stories” is a nonprofit program, which is not affiliated with any political party.
     
    SB/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- Oud virtuoso Majid Nazempur has recently established a center to promote the musical instrument.
     
    The oud is a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Middle Eastern music, which is distinguished primarily by not having frets and is often seen as the predecessor of the Western lute.
     
    Interested individuals can learn how to play oud at this center entitled the Iranian House of Oud, Nazempur told the Persian service of IRNA on Monday.
     
    Sessions on the history of the instrument and the process of how to make an oud and how to preserve it will also be held at the center, he added.
     
    He also said the center is home to a rich collection of CDs of world famous oud players as well as a library of books on the oud.
     
    A collection of different samples of ouds are also on display at this center, he said.
     
    “Establishing the center was an old dream of mine, which finally came true,” he said, adding that this center will have active participation with the oud centers in the Islamic countries.
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- Iran Cinema Organization Director Javad Shamaqdari has demanded that the Film Museum of Iran (FMI) eliminate its section dedicated to London-based Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

     
    He made the demand in a response to Makhmalbaf’s remarks in favor of Baha’ism during the Jerusalem Film Festival and also due to his presence at the event in Israel last week.
     
    “It is appropriate in this month (Ramadan), the last Friday of which will witness demonstrations by millions of Muslims against the Zionists, that the Film Museum of Iran is cleansed of the filmmaker’s memorabilia,” Shamaqdari wrote in a letter to FMI Managing Director Mohammad-Hassan Pezeshk on Sunday.
     
    “The Gardner”, Makhmalbaf’s docudrama that was shot at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, was screened at the Israeli film festival.
     
    Mahkhmalbaf, a former revolutionary who has made over 20 films on various issues, left Iran in 2005 shortly after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president.
     
    No official comment has been made about Shamaqdari’s letter so far.
     
    However, Iranian filmmaker Fereidun Jeirani has criticized Shamaqdari for his decision to call for the removal of the Makhmalbaf memorabilia from the museum.
     
    In a letter to Shamaqdari, Jeirani asked him “not to mix the history of Iranian cinema with politics.”
     
    “Avoid making a hasty and emotional decision,” he wrote in the letter, which was published by the Persian service of ISNA on Monday.
     
    “The removal of the items will never lead to the removal of his name and his awards from the written history,” he added.
     
    “I request that you cancel the order and let the Film Museum (of Iran) eschew politics,” Jeirani wrote.
     
    MMS/YAW/HG
    END

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    TEHRAN -- A large collection of Quranic artworks by giants of Persian calligraphy will be offered at an auction, which will be held in Tehran in early August.

     
    This is the second large auction of calligraphy works and Quranic artworks, the first of which was warmly received last year, the director of the auction, Mohammadreza Kamareii, said in press release on Monday.
     
    The artists are asked to announce their favorite price first, Kamareii said, “our policy-making council will next select the works and the final price of each item will be appointed by experts,” he added.
     
    Gholamhossein Amirkhani, Mohammad Ehsaii, Yadollah Kaboli, Mojtaba Sabzeh, Ali Ganji, Elaheh Khatami, Rasul Moradi, Azim Fallah, Mojtaba Karami and Hossein Salehi are among the participating artists.
     
    Moreover, a rare poster by father of Iranian graphic art Morteza Momayyez (1935-2005) bearing an image of Quranic stories is scheduled to go on sale in this auction, he said.
     
    He added that during their visits to the 10th International Festival of Bismillah on Friday, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini and several Iranian bank managers showed interest in purchasing some of the works at the upcoming auction. 
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- Iranian vocalist Fazel Jamshidi plans to perform in Turkey in late August.
     
    Also accompanying Jamshidi will be a group that will perform the Torbat-e Jam traditional dance during his concert, he told the Persian service of ISNA on Tuesday.
     
    “One of my main concerns is that most of the artists of the traditional Iranian art forms are living in small remote towns and have always been ignored,” he said.
     
    “Thus, I plan to take a group of the artists to Turkey,” he added.
     
    Jamshidi said that the group will shine due to the joyful and rhythmic program he has arranged for the concert.
     
    “We aim to show that Iranians are seeking peace in this world, which is filled with political tensions,” he stated.  
     
    Singers Hamzeh Seyyedpur and Sorush, son of Jamshidi, will also perform songs during the concert whose exact date and place will be announced later.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Afghanistan’s National Archives plans to give digital copies of a large number of historical documents about Iran and an enormous collection of rare manuscripts to Iran in the near future.
     
    The plan was announced on Monday during a press conference attended by Iran National Library and Archives (INLA) Director Es’haq Salahi and Afghanistan’s National Archive Director Sakhi Muneer at the 21st International Holy Quran Exhibition, which is currently underway at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla.
     
    Afghanistan’s National Archive holds over 7000 manuscripts on Iran, no version of which are found in Iran, Salahi said.
     
    Based on an agreement previously signed between Iran and Afghanistan, the manuscripts will be digitalized in order to transfer them to Iran.
     
    In addition, the digital copies of a collection of 13,000 historical documents about Iran, which are kept in Afghanistan’s National Archive, will be given to Iran based on the agreement.
     
    Muneer expressed his happiness over visiting the exhibit, which he believed was one of the most beautiful ones he has ever seen.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The Complutense University in Madrid is holding a course on Iranian cinema this week.
     
    Entitled “Iranian cinema: A Narrative Proposal for Universal Dialogue”, the event started on July 15 and runs until Friday.
     
    The course is as a part of the university’s summer courses, which are held in El Escorial, a historical residence near Madrid.
     
    The course is directed by the Spanish film scholar Clara Janneth Santos Martinez. Iranian literary translator Najmeh Shobeyri is the secretary of the event. 
     
    The course aims to introduce Iranian cinema, create an opportunity for intercultural dialogue and promote media literacy.
     
    Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi is presenting several papers during the event and also is holding a roundtable on literary and cultural roots of Iranian cinema.
     
    Iranian musician Piruz Arjmand also is holding a meeting on the role of music in Iranian cinema, its origins and evolution.
     
    The author Shadmehr Rastin is holding a meeting on the social and generational role of women in film.
     
    Director Fereshteh Taerpur also is holding a meeting on the role of the contemporary woman in Iranian cinema and why the international audience.
     
    Some of the movies directed by Reza Mirkarimi including “A Cube of Sugar” and “So Simple” will go on screen during the event.
     
    Spanish scholars including Francisco García García, Mario Rajas are attending the event.
     
    The Iranian cultural attaché office in Madrid, the Spanish Icono 14 cultural institute and Iran’s Islamic Dissemination Organization coordinated the event.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The Negarestan Garden, a Qajar era monument in Tehran, has been converted into a museum to display works of Qajar era painter Mohammad Qaffari (1847-1940), known as Kamalolmolk, and his students.

     
    All adaptations to the monument have been made by the Tehran Municipality, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Tuesday.  
     
    Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf and a group of veteran painters and graphic designers including Aidin Aghdashlu, Parviz Kalantari, and Qobad Shiva attended the opening ceremony of the Museum of the Kamalolmolk School on Monday.
     
    Tehran City Council member Ahmad Masjed-Jamei also among the participating guests made a short speech.
     
    “Kamalolmolk has been inspired by Tehran in most of his works,” he said.
     
    “His paintings of Tehran’s foothills or Golestan Palace reflect the atmosphere and culture of Tehran in those years,” he added.
     
    In his brief speech Kalantari said he regarded the master as one of the highlights of visual arts in the development of modernism in Iran.
     
    Aghdashlu said that Kamalolmolk is one of the major painters in the history of Iran’s visual arts.
     
    “He is precious because of his works and the position he had. We can hardly find a painter who possessed fame and good position while he was still alive, since most artists became famous years after their death,” he stated.
     
    The Negarestan Garden is located near Baharestan Square in downtown Tehran.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Thirty rare manuscript copies of the Holy Quran were registered on Iran’s National Memory List during a ceremony at Tehran’s Niavaran Historical Cultural Complex on Monday.

     
    The books, which are kept at the Museum the Holy Quran in Tehran, have been scripted and illuminated by Iranian artists over the few past centuries.
     
    “Writing the Holy Quran by Iranian calligraphers represents Iranians’ close association with Islamic culture over the past centuries,” Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Mohammad-Sharif Malekzadeh said at the ceremony.
     
    “Each copy features the skills of Iranian artists in calligraphy, illumination and bookbinding,” he added.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Iranian Quran memorizer Milad Asheqi is currently competing in the 17th Dubai International Holy Quran Awards (DIHQA), which commenced on Tuesday.
     
    Quran reciters and memorizers from 88 countries are participating in this year’s edition of the contest, Center for Quranic Affairs Director Valiollah Yarahmadi said in a press release on Wednesday.
     
    Several lectures and Quran recitals have also been arranged on the sidelines of the contest that is running for two weeks, he added.
     
    Last year, the top award in the Quran contest was given to Saleh Al Obaid from Kuwait.
     
    The Center for Quranic Affairs is affiliated with Iran’s State Endowment and Charity Affairs Organization.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – Scholars will come together at Tehran’s Negarestan Garden tomorrow in a ceremony to celebrate veteran Iranologist Manuchehr Sotudeh’s 100th birthday.
     
    The ceremony has been arranged by the Tehran Tourist Guides Association, the association said in a press release on Wednesday.
     
    A bust of Sotudeh is to be unveiled during the ceremony. In addition, a collection of his photos and publications will also be showcased in an exhibition, which will run for 10 days.
     
    Introducing the book “The Aged Cedar” describing 100 years of Sotudeh’s activities in different fields compiled by Mohammadreza Tavassoli is also among the programs.
     
    A collection of shirts bearing signatures of Iranian art and cultural figures will also go on display on the sidelines.
     
    Born in 1913, Sotudeh has studied Persian language and literature at the University of Tehran and was the author of many books on Iran. 
     
    RM/YAW
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  • 07/17/13--07:27: What’s in art galleries
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    * The Homa Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of photos by Sahar Mokhtari. 
     
    The exhibit will run until July 23 at the gallery located at 58 Chehrazi St., near the intersection of Niayesh Highway and Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
    * Photos by scholar Ali Shariati (1933-1977) taken during his stay in England are currently on display in an exhibit at the Shariati Museum.
     
    The show will run until July 22 at the museum located at 9 Nader Alley, off Jamalzadeh St.
     
    * Photos by Behnam Sahavi are currently on display in two exhibitions at Tajrish and Vali-e Asr subway stations.
     
    The exhibit will run until August 10.
     
    * The Etemad Gallery is hosting an exhibition of photomontages by Arash Bahrami.
     
    The exhibit will run until July 23 at the gallery at 4 Bukan St. off Sadeqi Qomi St., near Yasser Square in the Niavaran neighborhood.
     
    * An exhibition of photos by Bahman Jalali, Gohar Dashti, Alireza Fani and Behnam Seddiqi is currently on underway at the Silk Road Gallery.
     
    The exhibit will run until August 2 at the gallery located at 112 Lavasani St. in northern Kamranieh.
     
    * The Karun Gallery of the Sacred Defense Garden Museum is playing host to an exhibition of photos by Davud Ameri.
     
    The exhibit will run until July 29 at the gallery located near the Haqqani Subway Station.
     
    Painting
     
    * The Shirin Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of paintings Amir Hossein Bayani, Jinus Taqizadeh, Amir Farhad, Samira Alikhanzadeh and Behrang Samadzadegan.
     
    The exhibition will run until August 6 at the gallery located at 145 North Salimi St., off Andarzgu Blvd. in the Farmanieh neighborhood.
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by Shakiba Purnaqi is currently underway at the Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Visual Arts.
     
    The exhibit will run until July 20 at the gallery, which can be found at 19 Khark st., near the Vahdat Hall.
     
    Multimedia 
     
    * Works of group of painters and photographers are currently on display in an exhibition at the Seen Gallery.
     
    The paintings and photos have been prepared by Shima Asadi, Leila Babakan, Matin Tofiqi, Pegah Lari, Sediqeh Mardani, Babak Yaquti and several other artists.
     
    The exhibit will run until August 5 at the gallery located at 40 Seoul St. off Vanak Sq.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The Persian literary monthly Bokhara celebrated actor/director Davud Rashidi’s 80th birthday on Tuesday.

     
    A large number of literati, Rashidi’s friends and colleagues attended the celebration in Tehran at the Mahmud Afshar Foundation on Saturday evening.
     
    Former president Seyyed Mohammad Khatami and several officials were also in attendance at the gala.
     
    The celebration began with a speech by Rashidi’s lifelong friend, philosopher Dariush Shayegan.
     
    He said that he met Rashid at the St. Louis School, one of the French schools which were established during the Qajar era in Tehran, 66 years ago.
     
    “He then left Iran to pursue his study in France and I also left Iran to study in England,” he added.
     
    “Sometimes we met each other and talked about theater in England and France. I found him a congenital actor at that time,” he stated.
     
    “At that time, parents usually asked their children, who left Iran to study in foreign countries, to return after the completion of their studies in order to be at their country’s service,” he noted.
     
    Rashidi returned and made his directorial debut with an Iranian play entitled “Do You Want to Play with Me?” and his second was Samuel Bechett’s “Waiting for Godot”.
     
    Actor Ali Nasirian, who costarred with Rashidi in “Waiting for Godot” also made a short speech.
     
    “Rashidi was one of the major mainstays of the development of the modern theater in Iran, and the performance of ‘Waiting for Godot’ was a turning point in Iranian theater,” Nasirian said.
     
    “He should feel satisfaction from his life, because he has been contributing to his country’s art and culture,” he added.
     
    The celebration went on with several short speeches by actor/director Akbar Zanjanpur, director Marzieh Borumand, and critic Hushang Golmakani, and finally Rashid appeared on stage to cut his birthday cake.
     
    “To appear on stage, we actors should have a script,” Rashidi said.
     
    “We usually are not able to extemporize. I should only say that I am grateful to friends and all the audience,” he added.
     
    Rashidi’s friends presented him gifts and the Persian song “Happy Birthday to You” was sung by the audience.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- A large collection of Quranic artworks by giants of Persian calligraphy will be offered at an auction, which will be held in Tehran in early August.

     
    This is the second large auction of calligraphy works and Quranic artworks, the first of which was warmly received last year, the director of the auction, Mohammadreza Kamareii, said in press release on Monday.
     
    The artists are asked to announce their favorite price first, Kamareii said, “our policy-making council will next select the works and the final price of each item will be appointed by experts,” he added.
     
    Gholamhossein Amirkhani, Mohammad Ehsaii, Yadollah Kaboli, Mojtaba Sabzeh, Ali Ganji, Elaheh Khatami, Rasul Moradi, Azim Fallah, Mojtaba Karami and Hossein Salehi are among the participating artists.
     
    Moreover, a rare poster by father of Iranian graphic art Morteza Momayyez (1935-2005) bearing an image of Quranic stories is scheduled to go on sale in this auction, he said.
     
    He added that during their visits to the 10th International Festival of Bismillah on Friday, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini and several Iranian bank managers showed interest in purchasing some of the works at the upcoming auction. 
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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