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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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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.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Afghanistan’s National Archives plans to give digital copies of a large number of historical documents about Iran and an enormous collection of rare manuscripts to Iran in the near future.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    In addition, the digital copies of a collection of 13,000 historical documents about Iran, which are kept in Afghanistan’s National Archive, will be given to Iran based on the agreement.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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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. 
     
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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.
     
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    * 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.
     
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    * 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.
     
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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.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Persian translation of “Three Soldiers” written by the American novelist John Roderigo Dos Passos (1896–1970) has been published in Iran.
     
    Ali Kahrobaei has translated the book into Persian and it has been published by Nika.
     
    “Three Soldiers” (1920) is one of the key American war novels of World War I, and remains a classic of the realist war novel genre. 
     
    The novel exposes the fate of the common soldier during World War I. Driven by the idealism that infected many young Americans at the time (including Ernest Hemingway), author John Dos Passos joined the Ambulance Corps. 
     
    His rapid and profound disillusionment forms the core of this fierce denouncement of the military and of the far-reaching social implications of its exploitation of young men. 
     
    Dos Passos’ trilogy “U.S.A” was published in Iran in 2006. It was translated into Persian by Saeid Bastani.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The University of Cagliari in Italy and Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) signed a memorandum of understanding last week.
     
    The MOU was inked by Iranian cultural attaché Qorbanali Purmarjan and the head of the Department of Social Sciences and Institutions, Gianfranco Bottazzi, during a meeting at the cultural attaché’s office in Rome, ICRO announced in a press release on Thursday.
     
    Both sides will hold mutual educational courses and also exchange students in various fields based on the agreement. 
     
    The Italian university took steps to improve the courses for Islamic studies and the Persian language, and the ICRO agreed to boost its courses for the Italian language.
     
    The University of Cagliari was founded in 1620 and contains 11 faculties.
     
    It is a public state university and has about 31,100 enrolled students, over 1000 teaching staff and more than 1000 professionals at the technical-administrative staff.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A new edition of the Holy Quran, which has been inscribed in thulth, a calligraphic variety of Arabic script, was unveiled during a ceremony in Khalkhal, Ardebil Province.
     
    Iranian calligrapher Ali Abdolhosseinzadeh spent two years inscribing the Quran in four volumes, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Friday.
     
    According to Abdolhosseinzadeh, this is the first edition of the Quran he has inscribed in thulth, and that he plans to publish the book in his hometown of Khalkhal.
     
    Abdolhosseinzadeh is a graduate of medicine from the University of Tehran and has been practicing calligraphy for many years.
     
    He previously inscribed Sahifeh Sajjadieh -- a collection of supplications attributed to Imam Sajjad (AS) -- in thulth, and a collection of poetry by Mohammad-Hossein Behjat Tabrizi (Shahriar) in nastaliq.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A collection of photos by filmmaker Nasser Taqvaii with the theme of clouds has been put on display in an exhibition at the Negah Gallery in Lavasan, a fresh countryside in the northeast part of Tehran Province. 
     
    The photos have been selected from Taqvaii’s series “Cloud, Wind, Fog and Fog”, which was shown in an exhibition at Tehran’s Etemad Gallery in February 2009, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Friday.
     
    “I have been taking photos for over 50 years and have a massive archive of photos. As soon as you mention a special theme, I can provide over 100 photos,” the 72-year-old Taqvaii said.
     
    “When I was a school boy, my friends were from among photographers. I began taking photos in those years, but I never thought I would be a photographer. Anyone who wants to be a photographer must have his camera with him at all times, since some scenes will happen only once,” he added.
     
    “When you take a photo, you concentrate on a particular subject, but when the photo is developed, you look at it more deeply. Several new aspects are highlighted on the periphery making the photo more beautiful,” he stated.
     
    Taqvaii said that those individuals who would like to produce better quality work need to renew themselves.
     
    “Anything which is not renewed grows old, and if people don’t renew themselves, they will grow old.”
     
    The exhibition will continue until July 31 at the gallery located at No. 872, on the main boulevard of Lavasan.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- Three Iranian films are competing in the 43rd Giffoni International Film Festival, the largest children’s film festival in Europe that is currently underway in the southwestern Italian town of Giffoni Valle Piana.
     
    “The Pearl” directed by Sirus Hassanpur, “The Green Umbrella” by Nasser Refaii and “The Kitten” by Shiva Sadeq-Assadi will be screened in the various sections of the event, which opened on July 19 and will be running until July 28, organizers have announced on their website. 
     
    “The Pearl” is about Karim, a pearl diver who lives in one of the southern towns in Iran, but he can’t go on working due to his heart condition. 
     
    Following his doctor’s advice, he goes to a big city and finds out that there is no cure but through surgery. His 12-year-old son, Maher, insists on going to the sea for pearl hunting despite his grandfather’s disapproval. Worried for the father and confronted with money problems, Maher and his little sister, Mahrokh, are forced grow up sooner than expected.
     
    “The Green Umbrella” tells the story of Mehran, whose parents are going to separate. This incident becomes the reason for him to take a journey to the north of Iran where his parents first met.
     
    “The Kitten” is an animated film about a little girl whose parents are not very receptive to her because they are constantly involved with their own problems. One day, she discovers that a cat has given birth to three kittens in their yard. Immersing herself in the lives of the cats, she dreams of becoming a kitten herself.
     
     
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    TEHRAN – “Hamun” and “The Tenants”, Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjuii’s box-office hits of the 1980s,   are on screen now in Tehran’s theaters.
     
    The films are in a lineup scheduled to be screened in Azan to Azan, an annual program organized by theater owners to show films late at night during the month of Ramadan.
     
    Screening of the two movies began on Thursday and will continue during the holy month of Ramadan, in which cinema tickets are offered at a 50% discount, the Screening Council announced in a press release on Saturday. 
     
    “The Tenants” (1987) tells the story of a building with no heir in which several tenants are living. The building requires extensive repairs, but neglect by the house caretaker, who is trying to take possession of the building, leads to irreparable damage and it finally collapses.
     
    Ezzatollah Entezami, Reza Ruygari, Farimah Farjami, Iraj Raad, and Ferdows Kaviani are among the actors in “The Tenants”.
     
    Starring Khosrow Shakibaii (1944-2008) and Bita Farahi, “Hamun” (1989) is about Hamid Hamun and his wife Mahshid who is leaving him. Shakibaii’s distinguished acting gained him a Crystal Simorgh award at the Fajr International Film Festival.
     
    Mehrjuii’s latest film, the comedy drama “So Good You’ve Returned” is currently on screen in theaters across the country.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and the Turkish baglama player Erdal Erzincan will perform a duet in Erbil, Iraq on August 26.
     
    The two are currently working on their new album to be released soon.
     
    Kalhor and Erzincan have so far given several joint performances across the world including music festivals in Poland and the United States.
     
    Their joint concert in Tehran in 2010 was warmly received by Iranian audiences.
     
    Kalhor has previously performed with many world-renowned musicians.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Actor/director Parsa Piruzfar will stage Irish playwright and actress Marie Jones’ “Stones in His Pockets” at Hall No. 1 of the Iranshahr Theater Complex in Tehran on September 9.
     
    The two-hander play will be performed by Piruzfar and Reza Behbudi. It has been translated into Persian by Piruzfar.
     
    The story concerns two Irishmen who are working as extras in a movie being made by a Hollywood studio in County Kerry. They slowly tell the story of the effect this has upon the local community and especially upon the young man Sean Harkin and his family.
     
    After the unfortunate suicide of Sean Harkin the studio has to decide between either allowing the extras to attend the funeral or to continue shooting in order to avoid going over budget.
     
    Piruzfar staged American playwright David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” at the Iranshahr Theater Complex in 2011. It was warmly received by theatergoers.
     
    He also directed French dramatist Yasmina Reza’s “Art” in 2001.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami will be one of a number of international filmmakers who will be making short films for “Venezia 70 – Future Reloaded”, which will be a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Venice International Film Festival.

     
    The organizers of the event have selected 70 directors and asked each one to make a short film 60 to 90 seconds long for the project.
     
    Through this project, organizers also plan to provide a reflection of the future of cinema as filtered through the personal artistic insight of each of the participating directors.
     
    Each of the filmmakers has participated in the film festival at least once over the past twenty years.
     
    All the shorts will be given a first public screening at the Lido during the 70th Venice International Film Festival, which will be held from August 28 to September 7.
     
    Bernardo Bertolucci, Paul Schrader, Shekhar Kapur, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Monte Hellman, and Walter Salles are just a few of the members of the group.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian translator Mahshid Mirmoezzi is currently working on “He’s Back” (“Er Ist Wieder Da”), a comic novel about Adolf Hitler, which topped the bestselling lists in Germany early this year.

     
    A first novel by 46-year-old ghostwriter Timur Vermes satirizes Hitler. In this book, Hitler comes out of a coma in 2011 but people think he is an impostor.
     
    “The book is hard to translate,” Mirmoezzi told the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday.
     
    “Because, he is serious about his remarks, but the remarks make him a laughingstock,” she added.
     
    She said the editing of the Persian version will be completed by the end of August and Negah will publish the book. 
     
    “The publisher will submit the book to officials (the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance) for review and approval,” Mirmoezzi stated.
     
    However, she said that “He’s Back” has no forbidden issues to thwart its publication in Iran. 
     
    The book was at the top of Germany’s bestseller lists – selling more than 400,000 copies in first six months following its September 2012 release, BBC reported.
     
    It has been translated into 28 languages, so far, and an English version will come out in the near future.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) Director Shafi Aqamohammadian and Mexican Chargé d’Affaires Martin Torres discussed the expansion of relations in the film industry during a meeting in Tehran on Sunday.
     
    They also talked about ways of collaborating on joint film projects and screening a lineup of Mexican films at the 7th Cinéma Vérité, the Iranian international festival for documentary films.  
     
    The DEFC, which is the organizer of the festival, plans to dedicate a section to a number of documentaries by Mexican filmmakers. The event will take place in Tehran in autumn.
     
    Martin Torres also expressed hope that the screening of the Mexican documentaries would help introduce cultural and social values of his country to the Iranian nation.
     
    Holding Joint Iran and Mexico film weeks in the capitals of both countries were also discussed at the meeting.
     
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