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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    SEOUL, South Korea - On August 16, I visited Jongmyo Shrine which was close to my hotel Plaza. The docent, a lady quite fluent in English with education in history and politics, gave explanations about the philosophy behind the establishment of the shrine.

     
    The shrine, founded during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), is where the ancestral tablets of deceased kings and queens are enshrined and sacrificial rites performed for them. The worship rites are accompanied with music and dance performance.
     
    As we were visiting the shrine, which is surrounded by a forest, the songs of birds were reverberating in the air. Groups of tourists were also seen visiting the shrine.
     
    Ceremonial reenactments of the Joseon ancestral memorial rites are conducted on the first Sunday of every May. Until 1971, the ceremonies were conducted five times a year. 
     
    The reason that Jongmyo was built is that according to the Confucian philosophy the spirit separates from the body upon death and the spirit goes to heaven while the body returns to earth. For this reason, Koreans built tombs and shrines separately. They kept spirit tablets to house the spirit of the deceased and made offerings to these tablets to worship their ancestors.
     
    In Jeseon ceremonies to deceased ancestors were the most important of all rites. The ceremonies were presided over by the king and served as a model for all sacrificial rites in the dynasty. The king visited regularly to participate in the ancestral rites to wish for the safety and security of the people and state. 
     
    The shrine, the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines, 
    is situated on the ridge of Eungbongsan Mountain that runs through the Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces. 
     
    The layout and structures of Jongmyo Shrine are very simple.
      
    Changdeokgung itself is a masterful work but particularly noteworthy is the back garden (Huwon), also called the Secret garden (Biwon), which is widely acclaimed for its beautifully landscaped and creative gardens.
     
    Jongmyo was built in 1395 after King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon dynasty, selected Hanyang (current Seoul) as the capital of the dynasty. About 200 years after the construction of the shrine it was burned down by Japanese invaders in 1592. Today, the shrine dates to 1608 which with the passage of time the facilities were enlarged as more kings and queens were enshrined.
     
    The most important building at Jongmyo are Jeongjeon (the main hall) and Yeongnyeong-jeon (the hall of eternal peace). At present, Jeongjeon contains 19 chambers housing 49 spirit tables of kings and queens, including Taejo. Yeongnyeongjeon contains 16 chambers housing 34 tablets. 
     
    Among all the Confucian states in Asia where similar shrines were constructed only Korea has preserved its royal shrine and continues to perform royal ancestral sites known as Jongmyo Jerye and Jongmyo Jeryeak. That is the main reason that Jongmyo was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995 and Jongmyo Jerye (royal ancestral rites) and Jongmyo Jeryeak (royal ancestral ritual music) were designated by UNESCO as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2001. 
     
    The walkways stretching from the main gate to inside the shrine are covered with rough stones. The reason is that rough stones forced the ritual attendants, including the king, to walk slowly as is only appropriate for a solemn occasion. And none of the facilities in Jongmyo is lavishly adorned, highlighting the shrine solemnity.

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    TEHRAN – A new Persian translation of “Les Miserables”, the French historical novel of the 19th century by Victor Hugo, will soon hit bookstores across Iran.
     
    Translated by Mohammadreza Parsayar, the book will be released by Hermes Publications, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    “Les Miserables” was first translated into Persian by Hosseinqoli Mosta’an in 1930, and a few years later Mohammad Majlesi released a new translation of the book.
     
    “Although the first translation is good, it is not void of mistakes and it needed to be retranslated into Persian more precisely and with a better and smoother text,” Parsayar said.
     
    Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him in the book Les Miserables. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations doggedly pursued by policeman Javert.
     
    It is not simply enough for him that Valjean must be set free, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, who has been driven by poverty to hard labor. A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Miserables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Five paintings from the entire collection of the renowned Iranian poet Seyyed Ali Salehi were sold on the first day of his exhibit on Tuesday.
     
    Entitled “All of a Sudden”, the exhibit, now in progress at the Iranian Artists Forum and the first held by the poet, was warmly received on its opening day, the Persian service of MNA reported on Wednesday. 
     
    The paintings sold in the price range of 20 to 30 million rials (about 600 to 900 dollars).
     
    Moreover, a series of Salehi’s books displayed at the exhibit were sold on the first day.
     
    Authors, translators and poets such as Ghazal Tajbakhsh, Ali Abdollahi, Ardeshir Salehpur, Asadollah Amraii and Farhad Abedini were among the visitors on the opening day.
     
    “I paint whenever I cannot compose a poem and I compose a poem whenever I cannot paint,” Salehi has said during a press conference held at the forum last week. 
     
    “My paintings are the continuation of my poems and that is the reason I have made heavy use of curves in my works,” he added.
     
    The exhibit, which features 42 paintings, will be running until September 11 at the forum located on Musavi St., Taleqani Ave.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Controversial footage on the horrific events of 9/11 by the American videographer Kurt Sonnenfeld will go on screen at Tehran’s Eyvan-e Shams Hall on September 9.
     
    Some officials and documentarians have been invited to the screening of the footage, which will be shown under the title of the “K.S. Files”.
     
    Kurt Sonnenfeld is a videographer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prior to 2002.
     
    He was one of four FEMA photographers who were given exclusive access to Ground Zero following the September 11 attacks in New York in 2001.
     
    In addition to the photographs and video he took on behalf of FEMA, he claims to have taken additional video footage as well as numerous photographs, some of which have since been published. 
     
    He claims that these recorded images provide evidence that the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. Since August 2010, he has been seeking qualified experts to review his footage.
     
    Sonnenfeld has been living in exile in Argentina since 2003. Sonnenfeld presently lives in Buenos Aires and works as a videographer for the Argentine media. 
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The 27th edition of the Isfahan International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults announced the jury members for the national section on Wednesday.
     
    Directors Kiumars Purahmad, Kianush Ayyari, Yadollah Samadi, and cinematographer Mohammad Davudi and actress Mahtab Keramati have been selected for the panel.
     
    The festival will be held by the Farabi Cinema Foundation from October 7 to 13 in the central Iranian city of Isfahan.
     
    SB/YAW
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    Malek Museum and Library has undergone refurbishing to better display its collection of thousands objects, which range from paintings, rare manuscript books, and calligraphy works to carpets, rugs, coins, and postage stamps.

     
    A group of journalists visited the museum and library on Tuesday by invitation of Managing Director Seyyed Mojtaba Hosseini.
     
    Speaking to the journalists, Hosseini said that the storehouses, laboratory, and the exhibition area of the museum and library have been equipped with modern aerometers, which were made in England.
     
    He also added that the lighting system has been designed and installed by an Italian company that previously implemented similar systems for museums in London and Florence, the Great Wall of China, and elsewhere. 
     
    The Malek Museum and Library is located at the Mashq Square, which is home to several Qajar era monuments in downtown Tehran. The building and almost all its objects were donated by the Qajar era tradesman, Hossein Malek, to the guardianship of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) to be converted into a museum and library.
     
    The museum and library was inaugurated in 1927. The library contains 19,000 rare manuscripts and 90,000 printed books. 
     
    Among the manuscripts is a copy of Iranian physician and philosopher Avicenna’s Kirab al-Qanun fi at-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine). In addition, a copy of the Holy Quran, which is surmised to have been written by Imam Hassan (AS), is kept at the library.
    Eighteen works by Qajar era painter, Kamalolmolk,  
    948 calligraphy works, and 479 miniature paintings and illumination works by eminent Iranian artists are kept in the seven storehouses of the museum.
     
    The storehouses also hold collections of 3000 coins, 11,000 postage stamps, and about 100 Persian carpets and rugs.
     
    Based on the deed for endowment, which has been composed by Hossein Malek, the officials of the museum and library are not authorized to loan the books or artifacts to other organizations for any exhibition.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – A new Persian translation of “Les Miserables”, the French historical novel of the 19th century by Victor Hugo, will soon hit bookstores across Iran.
     
    Translated by Mohammadreza Parsayar, the book will be released by Hermes Publications, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    “Les Miserables” was first translated into Persian by Hosseinqoli Mosta’an in 1930, and a few years later Mohammad Majlesi released a new translation of the book.
     
    “Although the first translation is good, it is not void of mistakes and it needed to be retranslated into Persian more precisely and with a better and smoother text,” Parsayar said.
     
    Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him in the book Les Miserables. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations doggedly pursued by policeman Javert.
     
    It is not simply enough for him that Valjean must be set free, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, who has been driven by poverty to hard labor. A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Miserables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- Five paintings from the entire collection of the renowned Iranian poet Seyyed Ali Salehi were sold on the first day of his exhibit on Tuesday.
     
    Entitled “All of a Sudden”, the exhibit, now in progress at the Iranian Artists Forum and the first held by the poet, was warmly received on its opening day, the Persian service of MNA reported on Wednesday. 
     
    The paintings sold in the price range of 20 to 30 million rials (about 600 to 900 dollars).
     
    Moreover, a series of Salehi’s books displayed at the exhibit were sold on the first day.
     
    Authors, translators and poets such as Ghazal Tajbakhsh, Ali Abdollahi, Ardeshir Salehpur, Asadollah Amraii and Farhad Abedini were among the visitors on the opening day.
     
    “I paint whenever I cannot compose a poem and I compose a poem whenever I cannot paint,” Salehi has said during a press conference held at the forum last week. 
     
    “My paintings are the continuation of my poems and that is the reason I have made heavy use of curves in my works,” he added.
     
    The exhibit, which features 42 paintings, will be running until September 11 at the forum located on Musavi St., Taleqani Ave.
     
    RM/YAW
    END

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    TEHRAN -- Controversial footage on the horrific events of 9/11 by the American videographer Kurt Sonnenfeld will go on screen at Tehran’s Eyvan-e Shams Hall on September 9.
     
    Some officials and documentarians have been invited to the screening of the footage, which will be shown under the title of the “K.S. Files”.
     
    Kurt Sonnenfeld is a videographer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prior to 2002.
     
    He was one of four FEMA photographers who were given exclusive access to Ground Zero following the September 11 attacks in New York in 2001.
     
    In addition to the photographs and video he took on behalf of FEMA, he claims to have taken additional video footage as well as numerous photographs, some of which have since been published. 
     
    He claims that these recorded images provide evidence that the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. Since August 2010, he has been seeking qualified experts to review his footage.
     
    Sonnenfeld has been living in exile in Argentina since 2003. Sonnenfeld presently lives in Buenos Aires and works as a videographer for the Argentine media. 
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The 27th edition of the Isfahan International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults announced the jury members for the national section on Wednesday.
     
    Directors Kiumars Purahmad, Kianush Ayyari, Yadollah Samadi, and cinematographer Mohammad Davudi and actress Mahtab Keramati have been selected for the panel.
     
    The festival will be held by the Farabi Cinema Foundation from October 7 to 13 in the central Iranian city of Isfahan.
     
    SB/YAW
    END

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    Malek Museum and Library has undergone refurbishing to better display its collection of thousands objects, which range from paintings, rare manuscript books, and calligraphy works to carpets, rugs, coins, and postage stamps.

     
    A group of journalists visited the museum and library on Tuesday by invitation of Managing Director Seyyed Mojtaba Hosseini.
     
    Speaking to the journalists, Hosseini said that the storehouses, laboratory, and the exhibition area of the museum and library have been equipped with modern aerometers, which were made in England.
     
    He also added that the lighting system has been designed and installed by an Italian company that previously implemented similar systems for museums in London and Florence, the Great Wall of China, and elsewhere. 
     
    The Malek Museum and Library is located at the Mashq Square, which is home to several Qajar era monuments in downtown Tehran. The building and almost all its objects were donated by the Qajar era tradesman, Hossein Malek, to the guardianship of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) to be converted into a museum and library.
     
    The museum and library was inaugurated in 1927. The library contains 19,000 rare manuscripts and 90,000 printed books. 
     
    Among the manuscripts is a copy of Iranian physician and philosopher Avicenna’s Kirab al-Qanun fi at-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine). In addition, a copy of the Holy Quran, which is surmised to have been written by Imam Hassan (AS), is kept at the library.
    Eighteen works by Qajar era painter, Kamalolmolk,  
    948 calligraphy works, and 479 miniature paintings and illumination works by eminent Iranian artists are kept in the seven storehouses of the museum.
     
    The storehouses also hold collections of 3000 coins, 11,000 postage stamps, and about 100 Persian carpets and rugs.
     
    Based on the deed for endowment, which has been composed by Hossein Malek, the officials of the museum and library are not authorized to loan the books or artifacts to other organizations for any exhibition.
     
    MMS/YAW
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  • 09/06/13--08:59: What’s in art galleries
  • Photo 
     
    * A collection of photos by Kusha Qorbani centering on the children of the quake-hit villages of Azarbaijan (August 2012) is on display in Tehran’s Mohsen Gallery.
     
    Entitled “Ruins Smile”, the exhibition will be running until September 11 at the gallery located on Naji St., near Farzan St., off East Mina Blvd. in the Zafar neighborhood.
     
    * A joint exhibition of photos is on display at the gallery of the Shafaq Cultural Center.
     
    Entitled “Portrait of Nature”, photos by Nura Najafi, Mona Navaii, Ehsan Latifi, Amir Maleki and Mehdi Habibzadeh will be on display until September 11 in the gallery located on Asadabadi St., Yusefabad neighborhood.
     
    * Kamalolomolk Gallery of Shahriar, a suburb of Tehran, is presenting a collection of photos by Hadi Samadi.
     
    The photos feature a number of the plays staged in Shahriar over the past two years. The exhibit will run until September 11 at the gallery located on Vali-e Asr St., Shahriyar Cultural Center.
     
    * Homa Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of photos by Alireza Chitaii.
     
    The exhibit features a collection of photos taken from a collection of taxidermic animals and will be running until September 12 at the gallery located at 58 Chehrazi St., near the intersection of Niayesh Highway and Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
    * A collection of photos, centering on the children of the quake-hit villages of Azarbaijan, will open in Ney Gallery today.
     
    The photos are taken by Mahdiyeh Mir-Habibi and will be running until September 13 in the gallery located at No.3, Nilufar Alley, in the Aqdasieyh neighborhood. 
     
    * A series of photos by Mehrdad Moslemian is underway in the Café Gallery of Bagh Ferdows.
     
    The exhibit will be running until Monday in the gallery located on Vali-e Asr St., near Tajrish Square.
     
     
    Calligraphic painting
     
    * A joint exhibition of calligraphic paintings by Alireza Javadi and Vajiheh Rajayieh is underway at the Ideh Gallery.
     
    The exhibition containing a selection of 14 calligraphic and abstract paintings will run until September 12 at the gallery located at No. 26, 18th St., North Kheradmand, Karim Khan Ave.
     
    * An exhibition of calligraphic paintings by Hamidreza Mohaqeqi is underway at the Golestan Palace Museum.
     
    The exhibit will be running until September 11 in the museum located on 15 Khordad St., in downtown Tehran.
     
     
    Painting 
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by Fereshteh Pezeshki is on display at the Hoom Gallery.
     
    The exhibit will be running until September 15 at the gallery located at No.2, 4th Alley, Qaem Maqam St.
     
    * A group of contemporary artists of Isfahan are displaying their paintings in Tehran’s Afrand Gallery.
     
    The paintings will be exhibited until September 13 in the gallery located at No. 48, 19th St., Jahan Ara St.
     
     
    * The 21st edition of “100 Works, 100 Artists”, offering an impressive range of paintings, sculptures and calligraphy, is underway in Tehran’s Golestan Gallery.
     
    The works will be on display until October 6 at the gallery located at 42 Kamasaii St. in the Darus neighborhood.
     
    * A collection of paintings by Reza Bigonah is on show in the Laleh Gallery.
     
    The works will be on display at the gallery until September 11 at the gallery located on Fatemi St., next to Laleh Hotel.
     
    * A group exhibition of paintings is on display in the Sareban Gallery.
     
    The exhibit will be running until Monday at the gallery located at 8 Mehmandust St., off Shahid Beheshti Ave.
     
     
    Sculpture 
     
    * An exhibition of sculptures selected by Kurosh Golnari is on display at the Iranian Artists Forum.
     
    The works are created by a group of graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran and will be on exhibit until September 12 at the forum located on Musavi St., Taleqani Ave.
     
    * Dastan Gallery is playing host to a selection of sculptures by Mohammad-Hossein Gholamzadeh.
     
    Entitled “Mirror”, the works will be on display until Monday at the gallery located at No. 6, Bidar St., Fereshteh Ave.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian documentary “Lady Urmia” by Mohammad Ehsani will be shown at three international film festivals dealing with the central theme of environment.
     
    The 11th edition of the Matsalu Nature Film Festival running from September 18-22 in Haapsalu, the capital of West Estonia, will be the first festival in which “Lady Urmia” will be screened.
     
    The 30-minute doc is about Iran’s Lake Urmia, the third largest salt water lake on earth, which has dried up more than 70 percent over the past few years. The film is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, crying for help and trying to gain international attention to its suffering.
     
    Portugal’s 19th edition of Cine’Eco, the International Environmental Film Festival taking place in Seia, Portugal from October 19 to 26, will be the next destination for “Lady Urmia”.
     
    The 6th Annual Arpa International Film Festival, which will be running from September 26 to 29 in Los Angeles, is also scheduled to screen the documentary. The event has a strong emphasis on ideals of independent thought, artistic vision, cultural diversity and social understanding.
     
    The documentary received the Flickers International Vision Award at the 17th Rhode Island International Film Festival in August 2013.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian animation “The White Pigeon by the Mirror” is competing at the 19th Nancy-Lorraine International Film Festival, which is currently underway in France.
     
    Directed by Maryam Khalilzadeh, the seven-minute animation is based on a story of the same title by Ahmadreza Ahmadi.
     
    It is about a little girl who, after waking up one morning, sees a white pigeon outside the window of her room.
     
    She tries to catch the pigeon, but it flies away, leaving a white feather. The girl takes the feather and follows the pigeon wherever it goes. However, she only can find some of the pigeon’s colorful feathers. Disappointed, she returns home where she finally finds the pigeon.
     
    The animation has been produced by Iran’s Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.
     
    It is competing in the Sélection Jeune Publique section of the festival, which ends today.
     
    Formerly known as Aye Aye Film Festival, the Nancy-Lorraine International Film Festival has remained a crossroads of cultures and cinema. 
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- A Persian translation of the children’s book “Pa’s Perfect Pizza” by the British author Niki Daly has recently been published in Iran.
     
    Translated into Persian by Foruzandeh Davarpanah, the book has been released by Peydayesh Publications.
     
    The book is about a father who is sure he can make a perfect pizza, but his children are not convinced. His first few attempts are disastrous and Pa causes mayhem in the kitchen. 
     
    He burns an oven-glove among other blunders, which yield some unexpected results. 
     
    The book has been published as the eighth volume in the ten-volume series “Stories for Schoolgirls” published by Peydayesh Publications.
     
    “Pa’s Poopy Chair” by Niki Daly, “The Wedding Present” by Adele Geras and “Matty Mouse” by Jenny Nimmo are some of the books, which have been translated and published for the collection.
     
    SB/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Japanese peace activist Masahiro Sasaki is scheduled to honor Iran’s International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults with a number origami cranes.
     
    Masahiro is the older brother of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who died as a result of the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima in 1945. He and a number of Japanese children will attend the 27th edition of festival, which will be held in Isfahan from October 7 to 13, the Persian service of MNA reported on Thursday.
     
    Sadako (1943–1955) was diagnosed with leukemia, which developed as a result of the radiation from the atomic bomb.
     
    She spent her time in a nursing home creating origami cranes in hope of making a thousand of them. She was inspired to do so by the Japanese legend that one who created a thousand origami cranes would then be granted a wish. 
     
    Her wish was simply to live. However, she managed to fold only 644 cranes before she became too weak to fold any more, and died on the 25th of October 1955 in the morning. Her friends and family helped finished her dream by folding the rest of the cranes.
     
    The crane, a traditional symbol of luck in Japan, was popularized as a peace symbol by the Sadako’s story.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian scholar Katayun Mazdapur has recently completed writing a book on learning the Middle Persian language for Persian speakers.
     
    The book entitled “Easy Pahlavi” will be published by the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies in the near future, she told the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday.
     
    She said the book can be used by both students and other people who are interested in learning an ancient language.
     
    Mazdapur has translated several books from the Pahlavi literature into Persian. 
     
    “The Sage and Ancient Advice” is the latest one, which comprises 24 old stories.
     
    Pahlavi is major form of the Middle Persian language, which existed from the 3rd to the 10th century and was the official language of the Sassanid empire (CE 226–
    652). It is attested by Zoroastrian books, coins, and inscriptions. 
     
    Pahlavi books were written in a writing system of Aramaic origin called the Pahlavi alphabet.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Donya Fannizadeh, the puppeteer of popular Iranian puppet character of Kolah-Qermezi, will be honored at the 27th International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults, which will be held in Isfahan from October 7 to 13.
     
    Daughter of late actor Parviz Fannizadeh, Donya has been active in the field of puppetry for the past 28 years and Kolah-Qermezi is the most famous puppet with which she has worked.
     
    Kolah-Qermezi (The Red-Hatted) is a cute naughty puppet who wears a red hat. He is famous for his speaking with a strange accent, and making weird actions and decisions, all of which drives the host Iraj Tahmasb crazy most of the times.
     
    His cousin, Pesar-Khaleh, completes the strange behaviors creating humorous situations. The two are quite popular with adults as well as children.
     
    Comedy actor, Hamid Jebelli, lends his voice to both Kolah-Qermezi and Pesar-Khaleh.
     
    Fannizadeh also manipulated the title character in  “The Singing Cat”, a children’s musical directed by Kambozia Partovi.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian band Badbadak is scheduled to perform an opera on the Persian poet and mystic Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) at Tehran’s Andisheh Hall on September 10 and 11.
     
    The opera composed by Amirhossein Hassan-nia is a fusion of Western and Iranian classical music.
     
    Vocalist Bamdad Falahati will perform the opera entitled “Now Shams”.
     
    The tickets for the performances are available at the website www.iranconcert.com. 
     
    SB/YAW
     
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of herbs rooted in Iranian Islamic traditional medicine opened at Tehran’s Malek Museum and Library yesterday to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the compilation of Iranian physician and philosopher Avicenna’s Kitab al-Qanun fi at-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine).

     
    Over 30 species of herbs are introduced at the exhibit, besides their old images found in rare manuscripts by Avicenna along with their recent photos, Malek Museum and Library Managing Director Mojtaba Hosseini said in a press release on Saturday.
     
    Each type of herb is presented live in a vase to better familiarize visitors with its appearance. 
     
    Samples of the dried herbs are also available at the exhibit.
     
    In addition, a collection of old instruments used in Iranian herbal medicines are displayed on the side section.
     
    Traditional beverages are also offered at the exhibit, while experts on herbal medicine are present during the ten-day exhibit to give advice to visitors.
     
    The Malek Museum and Library is located in downtown Tehran at Mashq Square, which is home to several Qajar era monuments. The building and almost all its artifacts were donated by the Qajar era tradesman Hossein Malek, to the guardianship of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) to be converted into a museum and library.
     
    The museum and library was inaugurated in 1927. The library contains 19,000 rare manuscripts and 90,000 printed books. Among the manuscripts is a copy of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine.
     
    The compilation millennium of the Canon of Medicine, which is among the most famous books in the history of medicine, has also been registered on UNESCO’s 2013 celebration list of anniversaries.
     
    RM/YAW
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