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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- The director of the Iran National Library and Archives has asked the Republic of Azerbaijan to stop the replacement of the Persian inscriptions at the tomb of the Persian poet Nezami in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja.

     
    Es’haq Salahi made the request during a meeting with the chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of Azerbaijan, Elshad Iskandarov, in Tehran on Sunday, the Persian service of IRNA reported.
     
    In August 21, the director of Nezami Ganjavi Centre of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), Khalil Yusifli, announced his center’s plan to replace the tiles inscribed with poems in the Persian language in Nezami’s mausoleum with analogous poems in the Azerbaijani language.
     
    This step is being taken to ensure that everyone knows that Nezami is a representative of Azerbaijani literature, he told Trend, a major private news agency in Azerbaijan.
     
    “The Iranian people are highly sensitive about their luminaries. We hope the Persian inscriptions return to the mausoleum of Nezami,” Salahi told Iskandarov.
     
    “Nezami is a Persian poet. We should not deny the past. It would be better if Azerbaijan preserves the authentic inscriptions,” he added.
     
    Azerbaijani’s plan to replace the inscriptions has received a negative response from Iran.
     
    “Though Azerbaijanis are trying to do something for the culture, these steps are contrary to culture,” Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham previously said.
     
    However, Spokesman for the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs Elman Abdullayev has commented on Afkham’s statement and said, “He (Nezami) was born in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani people are proud of him. It can’t even be discussed.” 
     
    Iranian National Commission for UNESCO Director Mohammadreza Saeidabadi has also raised an objection to the plan.
     
    In a letter, which was published by Iranian news agencies on Monday, he asked Gunay Efendieva, the executive secretary of the Azerbaijan National Commission for UNESCO, to convince Azerbaijani officials to cancel the plan. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- Four Iranian films will compete in various sections of the 5th Baghdad International Film Festival, which will be held from October 6 to 10 in Iraq.
     
    “The Last Winter” by Salem Salavati and “Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise” by Teimur Qaderi will be shown in the main competition section. 
     
    In addition, “The Silence of the Ponds” directed by Fatemeh Dastmard will be screened in the short film section and “A Look towards the Sky” by Hadi Moqaddam is scheduled to be screened in the documentary films section.
     
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    TEHRAN – A lineup of eight foreign movies will be screened in Children’s Cinema, a non-competitive section of the 30th Tehran International Short Film Festival in October.
     
    The lineup includes “Baghdad Messi”, a joint production of the United Arab Emirates, Belgium and Iraq directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa, “Silence” by Nargiza Mamatkulova from Kyrgyzstan, and “Scribbled” by Lyubomir Pechev from Bulgaria.
     
    “Granny Baby” by Eva Colmers from Canada and “Merry-Go-Round” by Esther Löwe from Germany are also among the films.
     
    The festival will be held from October 14 to 28.
     
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    TEHRAN – Children’s author Jafar Ebrahimi recently translated Shahriar’s famous Azari language poetry collection “Heidar Babaya Salam” into Persian.
     
    Qadyani Publications is scheduled to release the collection in the near future, Ebrahimi told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.
     
    Ebrahimi said that he has used the style of Nima, which was developed by Iranian blank verse poet Nima Yushij, to render the collection.
     
    “I chose this style to better convey the feelings of the poet to the readers,” Ebrahimi told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    “I believe that a children’s author should have translated the book into Persian, since it is a collection about childhood and its sweet memoirs with nostalgic reflection,” he added.
     
    Mohammad-Hossein Behjat Tabrizi (1906-1988), whose pen name was Shahriar, was undoubtedly a gifted and talented contemporary poet. Shahriar wrote in Persian and Azari. 
     
    His poems are mainly influenced by Hafez. His most famous collection, “Heidar Babaya Salam”, is considered to be among the best modern poems in the Azari language. The poem is very popular among the Azari people.
     
    Shahriar died on September 18, 1988, and in 2002, the day was designated as Iran’s National Day of Poetry and Literature.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian sculptor Majid Haqiqi won the first prize of the International Spatial Forms Competition in Gdansk, Poland.

     
    He received the prize for his work on the theme of freedom, he told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.
     
    Gdansk municipal officials have set up the sculpture in a major park of the city.
     
    The sculpture has been made of fiberglass and metal, Haqiqi said, adding, “The form features several chairs and a ladder symbolically carrying freedom to the clouds in the sky.”
     
    “I submitted the design to one of the engineers approved by organizers of the competition and the sculpture was made there under my supervision,” he added.
     
    “I had previously offered the maquette of the same sculpture to Tehran Municipality’s Beautification Organization, and it was due to be installed in Tehran. However I was later informed that my work was selected and won the main prize of the competition,” he added.
     
    Haqiqi is a graduate of sculpture from the University of Tehran and his works have previously been showcased at several international events in Iran and other countries.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iran’s 5200-year-old Burnt City has been submitted for registration on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

     
    UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee will decide on the registration of the ancient site during its next session in 2014, the director of the World Registration Office of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO), Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, told the Persian service of CHN on Monday.
     
    “According to CHTHO policy on applying for registration of major sites and monuments on UNESCO’s list, those sites and monuments having their own study centers are our first priorities,” he said.
     
    This is because the centers are able to provide the information necessary for the registration process, he added.
     
    Talebian said that a UNESCO World Heritage Center program specialist is scheduled to visit the Burnt City in the near future to investigate the site.
     
    “The specialist may provide great help and advice for preservation of the site,” he added.
     
    The Burnt City is located 57 kilometers from the Iranian town of Zabol in Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
     
    A 10-centimeter ruler with an accuracy of half a millimeter, an artificial eyeball, an earthenware bowl bearing the world’s oldest example of animation and many other artifacts have been discovered among the ruins of the city in the course of ten seasons of archaeological excavations.   
     
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    TEHRAN – Vocalist Shahram Nazeri will be giving concerts at the Milad Hall of the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds tonight and tomorrow night to raise funds for schoolgirls who were severely burned in a school fire in the village of Shinabad in 2012.
     
    Part of the money to be raised at the concerts will be allocated for plastic surgeries to reconstruct the faces of the schoolgirls who were burned in a fire at the Enqelab School in West Azarbaijan Province in December 2012.
     
    “Since we are at the beginning of the new school year (September 23), we decided to remember the girls of Shinabad and tell them that we shall never forget this bitter incident,” Nazeri told the Persian service of MNA on Wednesday.
     
    He added that if veteran artists and superstars announce their collaboration, there will be better results.
     
    In addition, prominent actor Ezzatollah Entezami has invited all the artists to support Nazeri in his decision to donate a portion of the concert proceeds to charity.
     
    Nazeri is due to perform several nostalgic songs he has selected from his previous albums.
     
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    TEHRAN -- A Persian translation of “Two Gentlemen of Brussels” written by Belgian author Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt will arrive at Iranian bookstores in the near future.

     
    Sanaz Sohrabi translated the book into Persian, which will be published by Afraz.
     
    The book contains five short stories dealing with love in all its forms: conjugal, clandestine, paternal, and filial, but also love of art and love for humanity.
     
    The Afraz Publication Company has previously released Persian translations of Schmitt’s books “Ulysses from Baghdad”, “When I Was a Work of Art”, “The Sumo Wrestler Who Could Not Gain Weight” and “The Most Beautiful Book in the World”.
     
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    TEHRAN -- “Fabulous Adventure of the Big Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood” from Iran has been crowned the best play in the New Look section of the Toumanian Fairy Tale Day, an international puppet theater festival, which was held in Armenia from September 7 to 14.

     
    The Safety Pin Theater Group, led by director Salma Mohseni and Sina Yelaqbegi, performed the play, the Persian service of ILNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    Troupes from Dagestan, Russia, France, Ukraine and Georgia gave performances during the event this year.
     
    The festival was organized by the Armenian Center of the International Union of Puppeteers to commemorate the prominent Armenian writer Hovhannes Toumanian.
     
    It was held in the central square of the village of Dsegh, which is Toumanian’s birthplace. 
     
    The festival aims to promote versatile aesthetic education and harmonious development of the younger generation.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian film “Bending the Rules”, which is about the third generation that has grown up after the Islamic Revolution and does not want to compromise on their principles and rights with their parents, will be screened at two international festivals in October.

     
    Directed by Behnam Bahzadi, the film is scheduled to be shown at the 29th Warsaw Film Festival in the World Today, a section that is dedicated to screening of movies and documentaries on contemporary issues.
     
    The festival will be held from October 11 to 20.
     
    In its second contest at international events, “Bending the Rules” will be screened at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival, which will take place from October 17 to 25.
     
    The film tells the story of an enthusiastic amateur theatrical group that receives an opportunity to perform abroad, which is a great success. Shahrazad, a desperate girl, joins the group and takes the leading role in the play. She decides, unlike her other fellow actors, to tell the truth to her father. He is against this trip. The group is now in a dilemma: replace her or….
     
    “Bending the Rules”, also known as “The Rule of Accident”, won a Crystal Simorgh for best film in the international section of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February.
     
    A Crystal Simorgh for best script in the national competition of the festival also went to Behzadi, who is also the writer of the screenplay for the film.
     
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    TEHRAN – A painting by prominent Persian miniaturist Mahmud Farshchian, which depicts the ascension of Prophet Muhammad (S), was unveiled during a ceremony at the Farshchian Museum of Tehran’s Sadabad Palace Complex on Tuesday evening.

     
    Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Mohammad-Ali Najafi, scholar Hossein Elahi Qomsheii and a group of art and cultural figures attended the unveiling ceremony of the work entitled “The Ascension”.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony, Najafi called master Farshchian, “hakim” of Islamic contemporary art and said, “The word ‘hakim’ in Persian literature bears a significant meaning, and using it for master Farshchian is not beyond expectation.” 
     
    He added that Farshchian helped pull the art of miniature out from rare books into the daily lives of people, and actually helped introduce miniature paintings to people.
     
    Next, Farshchian made a brief speech and said that it took him a year and a half to complete the tableau.
     
    “In this tableau, Prophet Muhammad (S) is facing the Almighty God and is sitting on a horse above the moon. A beam of light is carrying him to the sky and he is surrounded by a group of angels who are praying,” he added.
     
    He continued that he studied many texts, conducted much research and talked with many scholars before he began his painting, “I strove for over a year to accomplish this painting, but I still believe I am as strong and as powerful as a 45-year-old man.”
     
    The painting will be on display for one year at the Farshchian Museum, after which it will be dedicated to the Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum and Library in Mashhad.
     
    Farshchian, 84, studied painting under the supervision of Haj Mirza Aqa Emami and Isa Bahadori. He later traveled to Europe where he studied painting and conducted research in museums for several years.
     
    Farshchian’s masterpieces have been hosted by numerous museums and exhibitions worldwide. He is recognized as the most important modernizing influence in the field of miniatures. His name has been registered on Britain’s list of 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st century and collectors feel it a great honor to possess one of his creations.
     
    Farshchian has previously painted “Evening of Ashura”, “Ali-Asghar (AS)” and “The Standard-Bearer of Truth” with Ashura as the central theme.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian director Mohammad Fatehi will stage Eugène Ionesco’s “The Killer” at the Rokneddin Khosravi Hall of Tehran’s Se-Noqteh Theater Complex in November 2013.
     
    He has renamed the play “Unhired Killer”, which was translated by Yahya Azarnush into Persian from the French version of book.
     
    Saeid Esfandiari, Amir-Hossein Yarmohammadi, Mojtaba Qorbani, Parandeh Alaeii and Elaheh Hajizadeh will star in the play.
     
    Ionesco (1909–1994) wrote the play in 1958. It is about Bérenger, Ionesco’s downtrodden everyman, who discovers an ideal “radiant city”. 
     
    The idea of a “radiant city” or a transcendent other world is a common theme in many of Ionesco’s plays. This relates to a transcendent experience Ionesco had in his childhood. 
     
    Ionesco was a Romanian playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the Theater of the Absurd. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco’s plays depict in a tangible way the isolation and insignificance of human existence.
     
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  • 09/20/13--08:51: What’s in art galleries
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    The Mess-Negar Gallery is currently playing host to an exhibition of embossed works by masters of this Iranian art form.
     
    Works by Reza Qaderan, Akbar Bozorgian, Majid Bahramipur, Mansur Hafezparast, Mostafa Mirfakhraii, Mohammad Monaqqashi, Shahrokh Shahbazi, Bahram Elyasi, Mostafa Felfelian and Mahmud Sadeqi have been put on display at the show, which will run until September 26.
     
    The exhibition has been dedicated to Mahmud Dehnavi (1925-2000), one of masters of this art form.
     
    Mess-Negar Gallery is located at No. 5 in the Park Prince Building on Molla Sadra Highway.
     
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    * An exhibition of paintings by art couple Shabnam Lo’alian and Mahmud Samandarian is currently underway at the Shokuh Gallery.
     
    The exhibit runs until September 26 at the gallery located at 19 Amir Nuri Alley, North Salimi St., Andarzgu Blvd.
     
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    TEHRAN – A senior advisor of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) has asked the director of the organization to seek the resumption of collaboration with U.S. cultural centers during his upcoming visit to the United States of America.

     
    “Collaboration agreements had been signed between CHTHO and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, but all the agreements were halted as a result of the 9/11 event,” Seyyed Mohammad Beheshti told the Persian service of ISNA on Thursday.
     
    He noted that cultural collaborations should be revived in the new climate dominating Iran-U.S. political relations.
     
    “I think the opposite sides are also keen on the issue,” he added.
     
    Beheshti, who was in charge of the CHTHO from 1998 to 2002, was appointed as a senior advisor of CHTHO shortly after President Hassan Rohani selected Mohammad-Ali Najafi as the director of CHTHO.
     
    Najafi will accompany Rohani during a visit to New York on September 22. Rohani is scheduled to deliver a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
     
    Najafi will hold talks with the officials of the Met Museum about on organizing joint exhibitions with the National Museum of Iran. 
     
    He also plans to meet with officials of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago to find a solution for the repatriation of a large number of the Achaemenid tablets Iran had loaned to the university in 1937 for study.
     
    In spring 2006, a U.S. district court ruled that a group of people injured by a 1997 bombing in Israel could seize 300 tablets of the group loaned to the university. 
     
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected confiscation of the tablets in March 2011. However it ruled that the case should be returned to the lower court for further argument.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian musical ensemble Hamavayan, led by tar and setar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh, will begin a cross-country tour that takes them to five Iranian provinces in Tehran on October 3.

     
    Vocalist Mohammad Motamedi will accompany the ensemble in its performances in the provinces of Tehran, Fars, Mazandaran, Gilan, Kermanshah, and West Azarbaijan, Alizadeh said at a press conference held on Thursday.
     
    The first part of each concert will be dedicated to performing songs in the Azari language, although none of the members of the band know Azari, because “we want to show our love for our Azari people,” Alizadeh said.
     
    A collection of poetry from traditional Iranian songs has been selected for the second part of each concert, he added.
     
    “We also have plans to make use of local singers and musicians in each region where we will be giving a concert,” he said.
     
    He went on to say that it has long been his desire to play a concert in every city of Iran.
     
    The ensemble is scheduled to perform concerts at Tehran’s Milad Tower on October 3 and 4, in Shiraz (Fars Province) on October 10 and 11, in Amol (Mazandaran) on October 14, in Kermanshah (Kermanshah Province) on October 18, in Rasht (Gilan) on October 19 and 20, and in Tabriz (West Azarbaijan) on October 24 and 25.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iran’s Association of Sacred Defense Publishers will be sending 80 books on the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, which is known as the Sacred Defense in Iran, to the Frankfurt Book Fair.

     
    The books have been published over the past three years, Shahriar Aminian, an official of the association, told the Persian service of MNA on Friday.
     
    A series of brochures containing details about the books, which are mainly fictional works, research monographs, documentaries and artworks, are also available in English and Arabic for visitors.
     
    There are also plans to arrange meetings with those active in electronic book publishing, and those involved in modern technologies of publications, he said.
     
    Aminian also added that several prominent translators have announced their willingness to translate series of books into different languages.
     
    In addition, Iran’s Majlis Library, Museum and Documentation Center and the Iran National Library and Archives (INLA) are slated to take part in the book fair.
     
    Over 100 countries will display their cultural products from October 9 to 13 at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which is considered to be the most important book fair in the world for international deals and trading.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian theater troupe Darvak will be staging the puppet show “Sinbad” at the 17th Charleville-Mezieres International Puppet Theater Festival, which opened in France on Friday.
     
    Fatemeh Suzangar and Mohammad Babaii will direct the show, which will be performed with paper puppets. 
     
    The show tells the story of Sinbad. While searching for his beloved girl, Sinbad enters a temple protected by a sphinx who accuses him of being a thief.
     
    Traditional Iranian music will also be heard in the background.
     
    The show is an adaptation of “Sinbad the Sailor”, a fictional sailor and the hero of a story-cycle of Middle Eastern origin who hails from Basra in Iraq during the Abbasid Caliphate (750 to 1258).
     
    The ten-day festival showcases cultures and traditions from all places and times. This year 90 plays from different countries are taking part in the festival.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Shakespeare’s tragic play “Richard II” will go on stage at the Av Hall in November.
     
    The play will be performed by the Ulysses Theater Troupe, which is led by director Mehdi Kushki.
     
    “Richard II” was written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England.
     
    Richard II was king of England from 1377 until he was deposed in 1399. Richard, a son of Edward, the Black Prince, was born during the reign of his grandfather, Edward III. 
     
    Shakespeare’s primary source for “Richard II”, as for most of his chronicle histories, was Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles. The publication of the second edition in 1587 provides a terminus post quem for the play.
     
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    TEHRAN -- “Night Train to Lisbon”, a philosophical novel by Swiss writer and philosopher Pascal Mercier, will be reviewed during a session at Tehran’s Book City Institute on Tuesday.

     
    Mahshid Mirmoezzi translated the book into Persian and Ofoq published it in April 2013.
     
    Mirmoezzi and critics Saeid Firuzabadi and Belqeis Soliemani have been invited to the session, which will begin at 4:30 p.m.
     
    The novel, which was an international best seller, was originally published in German as “Nachtzug nach Lissabon” in 2004 and its English version came out in 2008.
     
    It recounts the travels of Swiss Classics instructor Raimund Gregorius as he explores the life of Amadeu de Prado, a Portuguese doctor during António de Oliveira Salazar’s right-wing dictatorship in Portugal. Prado is a serious thinker whose active mind becomes evident in a series of his notes collected and read by Gregorius.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The 12th China International Children’s Film Festival has honored the Iranian film “The Sound of My Foot” with an Award for Best Screenwriting.

     
    Writers Mehrdad Khoshbakht and Babak Kaydan received the award at the closing ceremony of the event, which was held in the city of Siping on September 14.
     
    Khoshbakht is also the director of the film, which narrates the story of a 12-year-old runner who loses one of his legs in a mine explosion.
     
    The festival also screened “Dream of Cinema”, jointly directed by Iranian filmmakers Hamid and Ali Shah-Hatami.
     
    “Cool Kids Don’t Cry” by Dennis Bots from Belgium won the Award for Best Children’s Feature. The Award for Best Animated Feature went to “Wolf Children” by Mamoru Hosuda from Japan.
     
    Films and animations from Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and several other countries were competing in the festival, which began on September 10. 
     
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