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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- The Swiss band Bazaar Pool and a number of Iranian musicians have teamed up to pay homage to the late Austrian musician of Iranian origin Asita Hamidi during concerts in Tehran.

     
    The concerts will be performed at the Sureh Hall and Andisheh Hall of the Art Bureau on January 24 and 25, Ramin Sediqi, the director of Hermes Records, which is the publisher of Bazaar Pool albums in Iran, told the Persian service of IRNA on Tuesday.
     
    Singer Mostafa Mahmudi, Kamancheh virtuoso Kurosh Babaii, duduk player Reza Asgari, setar and shurangiz player Ali Bustan, and saxophonist Peter Soleimanipur from Iran will accompany the band during the first concert.
     
    In addition, oud virtuoso Shahram Gholami and pianist Peyman Yazadanian will join Bazaar Pool in the second night of the concerts.
     
    Hamidi, a 51-year-old singer and harpist who lived in Bern, Switzerland, died of a type of blood cancer in December 2012.
     
    She was born in Vienna and grew up in Iran and Switzerland. In 1996, Hamidi found the Bazaar band, which was later renamed Bazaar Pool in 2003. 
     
    Swedish bassist Björn Meyer, Swiss percussionist Kaspar Rast and vocalist Bruno Amstad are other members of the band.
     
    Bazaar Pool has collaborated with musicians from India, Iran, Egypt, Switzerland and Sweden in many concerts and recordings. 
     
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of calligraphy works by Iranian artists opened Tuesday at the National Museum of Bashkortostan in Ufa, the capital city of Bashkortostan, an autonomous republic in the Russian Federation.

     
    A selection of works with the central theme of Quranic verses created by Iranian calligrapher Ali Ganji and illuminator Maryam Emami have been put on display at the exhibit entitled “A Window to the Sky”, the Persian service of ISNA Reported on Wednesday.
     
    Mufti of Bashkortostan Talaat Safa Tajeddine, the founder of Ihlas, an Islamic center for artistic and cultural activities, Muhammad Galimov, and the Director of the National Museum of Bashkortostan Valiullin Gali Faizrakhmanov were among the participants in the opening ceremony.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony, Talaat Safa Tajeddine asked for expansion of Quranic calligraphy works by Iranian masters in the educational centers across his country.
     
    Muhammad Galimov who has organized the exhibit in collaboration with the Embassy of Iran in Moscow expressed his happiness over holding such event in his country. 
     
    He hoped that the program would help deepen relations between the people of Bashkortostan and Iran.
     
    The exhibit will run for a week and then will travel to other cities across Russia.
     
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    TEHRAN – A Persian translation of the Mephistopheles/Dr. Faustus theme novel “Mephisto” by the German novelist Klaus Mann has recently been published in Tehran.
     
    Farzaneh Shojaei-Azad translated the book and the Morvarid company published it.
     
    The main character of the novel Hendrik Höfgen abandons his conscience and continues to act and ingratiate himself with the Nazi Party to maintain and improve his job and social position.
     
    “Mephisto” is the sixth novel by Klaus Mann, which was published in 1936 while he was in exile in Amsterdam. It was published for the first time in Germany in the East Berlin Aufbau-Verlag in 1956.
     
    This novel, the Tchaikovsky novel Symphonie Pathétique and the emigrant novel Der Vulkan are Klaus Mann's three most important novels. 
     
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    TEHRAN – Swedish film editor Sylvia Ingemarsson has been invited to the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival, Iran’s most important event in the film industry, which will be held in Tehran in February.

     
    Ingemarsson will be the guest of honor at the festival. She will also hold workshops, organizers have announced in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    The workshops will be held on the sidelines of the festival in collaboration with the Film Editors Guild of the Iranian House of Cinema.
     
    The exact time and place will be announced in the near future on the festival’s website.
     
    Sylvia Ingemarsson is famous for her collaboration on more than a dozen of Ingmar Bergman’s projects including TV dramas, documentaries and some of his greatest masterpieces such as “Fanny and Alexander”.
     
    “Saraband” (2003), “Faithless” (2000), “After the Rehearsal” (1984), “Autumn Sonata” (1978) and “The Blessed Ones” (1986) are some of the films she has worked on as an editor.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Berlin-based Iranian ensemble Mehrava is scheduled to perform a concert entitled “Sound of Joy” in Berlin on January 30.

     
    The concert will be held at the Werkstatt der Kulturen (Workshop of Cultures), a major institution that spotlights acculturation. It is a venue for a diversity of art and cultural events, which are held by immigrants.
     
    The Mehrava Ensemble was established in 1999 by Reza Borum, the composer and santur player of the band, in Shahindasht, a town located in 19 kilometers north of the central Iranian city of Isfahan.
     
    The traditional Iranian music band closed down in 2005 when Borum left his hometown to study music in Berlin.
     
    However, Mehrava resumed performances in Berlin as singer Aref Rafat and percussionist Javad Salkhordeh joined the band.
     
    “We aim to familiarize people from other countries with traditional Iranian music,” Borum said in a press release on Tuesday.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Ali Ahmadzadeh’s début film “Kami’s Party” won the Jury Award of the 3rd Festival of Iranian Films in Prague on Monday.

     
    The Jury Award is one of the two prizes presented during the closing ceremony of the festival. It is given to the director of best film of the festival.
     
    The Audience Award of the festival was presented to “Here without Me” directed by Bahram Tavakkoli.
     
    “Kami’s Party” is about the events that unfold after a young girl named Negin takes up residence in a villa on the beach of the Caspian Sea with her friends Omid and Nazanin.
     
    The film had its world premiere at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, in November 2013.
     
    A screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s “A Glass Menagerie”, “Here without Me”, is about Yalda, a kind, pretty and gentle girl who is embarrassed about her limp.
     
    The festival was held at the Svetozor and Oko cinemas in Prague from January 8 to 12.
     
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  • 01/15/14--08:38: What’s in art galleries
  • Painting
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by Flora Feizbakhsh will be held at the Etemad Gallery from January 24 until February 4.
     
    Feizbakhsh’s latest collection “The Fourth Creation”, which provides a different understanding of plant life, will be put on display at the exhibit.
     
    The gallery can be found at 4 Bukan St. off Sadeqi Qomi St., near Yasser Square in the Niavaran neighborhood. 
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian illuminator Mohammad Nabati has held two workshops at the ongoing Islamic Arts Festival in Sharjah.
     
    The first workshop centering on painting and illumination was held in the Sharjah Art Museum on the opening day January 6, and the second was held in the Sharjah Calligraphy and Ornamentation Center on January 12 and was warmly received by the participants, organizers have announced on the festival website.
     
    The 16th edition of the festival opened on January 6 with over 40 exhibits and several workshops and seminars.
     
    A collection of classical calligraphic artworks, a selection of prayer beads made from different kinds of stones, and artifacts created by Turkish artists have been put on display during the month-long event.
     
    Artists from Uzbekistan have also exhibited their handicrafts decorated with calligraphy and Islamic ornaments. 
     
    Also included in the festival is an exhibition by the Union of Arab Photographers, entitled “Islam between the East and the West”.
     
    Moreover, several Iranian artists living in other countries have participated in the festival.
     
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    TEHRAN – Foreign theater artists and scholars are holding workshops and seminars on the sidelines of the international section of the 32nd Fajr International Theater Festival.
     
    The Swiss director Stefan Kaegi will hold workshops under the title of “Transplanted Experts and the Audience on the Remote Control” on January 19 and 20.
     
    The Indian playwright and stage director Satish Vasant Alekar will hold seminars during the event on contemporary and regional theater of India from January 19 to 21.
     
    The Norwegian actress Juni Dahr is scheduled to hold a workshop on acting and directing.
     
    Dahr and her compatriot Helge Ronning will also hold a seminar on the impact of Henrik Ibsen’s theater on contemporary drama.
     
    The celebrated Polish director Wlodzimierz Staniewski also will have a workshop on “Music of the Body” during the event.
     
    Two French international theater companies, “Made the World over Theater” along with “Cultures & Performances Company”, will hold workshops on the Korean mask dance drama “Bongsan Talchulm” from January 16 to 20. 
     
    Iran’s 32nd Fajr International Theater Festival runs until February 1.
     
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    TEHRAN – Nine female-fronted Iranian ensembles are scheduled to give performances at the 29th Fajr International Music Festival in February.
     
    Only women will be allowed to attend the concerts, which will be performed by these bands that mostly are led by singers.
     
    Bahareh Ilchi’s Setareh-ye Qotbi, Parvin Soltani’s Dadmehr and Sheyda Jahedian’s Kereshmeh are among the entries.
     
    The other bands are Avaz-e Melal led by Shahla Milani and Nasrin Nasehi, Ava-ye Mehrabani led by Soheila Purgerami, Parishad led by Parichehr Khalvati, Khonya led by Pari Maleki, Mehrnava led by Nazli Bakhshayesh and Zhivar led by Zhivar Sheikholeslami.
     
    All the bands will perform at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Center during the festival, which will be held from February 12 to 20.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Swiss band Bazaar Pool and a number of Iranian musicians have teamed up to pay homage to the late Austrian musician of Iranian origin Asita Hamidi during concerts in Tehran.

     
    The concerts will be performed at the Sureh Hall and Andisheh Hall of the Art Bureau on January 24 and 25, Ramin Sediqi, the director of Hermes Records, which is the publisher of Bazaar Pool albums in Iran, told the Persian service of IRNA on Tuesday.
     
    Singer Mostafa Mahmudi, Kamancheh virtuoso Kurosh Babaii, duduk player Reza Asgari, setar and shurangiz player Ali Bustan, and saxophonist Peter Soleimanipur from Iran will accompany the band during the first concert.
     
    In addition, oud virtuoso Shahram Gholami and pianist Peyman Yazadanian will join Bazaar Pool in the second night of the concerts.
     
    Hamidi, a 51-year-old singer and harpist who lived in Bern, Switzerland, died of a type of blood cancer in December 2012.
     
    She was born in Vienna and grew up in Iran and Switzerland. In 1996, Hamidi found the Bazaar band, which was later renamed Bazaar Pool in 2003. 
     
    Swedish bassist Björn Meyer, Swiss percussionist Kaspar Rast and vocalist Bruno Amstad are other members of the band.
     
    Bazaar Pool has collaborated with musicians from India, Iran, Egypt, Switzerland and Sweden in many concerts and recordings. 
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – An exhibition of calligraphy works by Iranian artists opened Tuesday at the National Museum of Bashkortostan in Ufa, the capital city of Bashkortostan, an autonomous republic in the Russian Federation.

     
    A selection of works with the central theme of Quranic verses created by Iranian calligrapher Ali Ganji and illuminator Maryam Emami have been put on display at the exhibit entitled “A Window to the Sky”, the Persian service of ISNA Reported on Wednesday.
     
    Mufti of Bashkortostan Talaat Safa Tajeddine, the founder of Ihlas, an Islamic center for artistic and cultural activities, Muhammad Galimov, and the Director of the National Museum of Bashkortostan Valiullin Gali Faizrakhmanov were among the participants in the opening ceremony.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony, Talaat Safa Tajeddine asked for expansion of Quranic calligraphy works by Iranian masters in the educational centers across his country.
     
    Muhammad Galimov who has organized the exhibit in collaboration with the Embassy of Iran in Moscow expressed his happiness over holding such event in his country. 
     
    He hoped that the program would help deepen relations between the people of Bashkortostan and Iran.
     
    The exhibit will run for a week and then will travel to other cities across Russia.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian movie “From Tehran to Heaven” will go on screen at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, which will be held from January 22 to February 2.
     
    Director Abolfazl Saffari and some members of the film‘s crew will attend the Dutch festival.
     
    “From Tehran to Heaven” is about Ghazal, who returns from a sonogram to find her husband, Farhad, missing and her apartment ransacked. 
     
    Kidnapped and beaten, she is threatened with further violence to find Farhad, who apparently stole some potentially incriminating documents from the biochemical lab where he worked, writes Variety on its website about the film.
     
    Mahnaz Afshar, Jafar Vali, Alireza Khamseh, Mehran Ahmadi, Farzin Sabuni and Shabnam Farshadju are among the cast of the film.
     
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    TEHRAN – The 7th Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival in Serbia is currently hosting workshops by the acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.
     
    Entitled “Human Relations Core of Cinema”, the workshop is held during the festival, which runs until January 23.
     
    The French star of Farhadi’s latest movie “The Past”, Bérénice Bejo, is the head of the jury of the festival.
     
    Bejo won the Palme d’Or for best actress at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival for her role in “The Past”.
     
    Farhadi’s “A Separation” won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a French César for best language foreign film earlier in 2012 as well as Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2011.
     
    Drvengrad, also known as Kustendorf and Mecavnik, is a traditional village that the Serbian film director Emir Kusturica built for his film “Life Is a Miracle” in the Zlatibor District near the city of Uzice, two hundred kilometers southwest of Serbia's capital, Belgrade.
     
    Since 2008, Drvengrad has hosted the annual Küstendorf Film and Music Festival, which showcases films and music from all around the world as well as a competition program for student short films. 
     
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    TEHRAN – A collection of Persian calligraphy works and illuminations was put on display in an exhibition, which opened at the Russian State Library’s Center of Oriental Literature in Moscow on Saturday.

     
    The exhibition entitled “Messenger of Kindness” has been organized by the library and the Iranian Embassy in Moscow to commemorate the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (S), which was January 19, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Sunday.
     
    About 40 works by Iranian artists Ghaffar Qanbarpur and Rahim Charkhi have been put on display at the exhibit.
     
    Speaking at the opening ceremony, the director of the library Victor Fedorov asked for more cultural relations with Iran.
     
    He expressed happiness over expansion of bilateral relations and said that Iran and Russia with their rich history need to be friends and collaborate more.
     
    Iranian ambassador in Moscow Mehdi Sanaii also expressed his gratitude to the director of the library for holding the exhibit.
     
    He also thanked the two artists for their works.
     
    The exhibit will be running in the library for five days.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian director Reza Dormishian’s social drama “I’m Not Angry!” will be competing in the 64th Berlin Intl. Film Festival -- Berlinale.

     
    The film will be screened in the section of the Panorama fiction features of the festival, which will take place in the German capital from February 6 to 16, the organizers said on Friday.
     
    “The festival has sent a representative annually to Iran to select films for various sections of the event and this year ‘I’m Not Angry!’ was selected,” the distributor of the film, Mohammad Atebbaii, told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday. 
     
    “I’m Not Angry!” will also be screened in the competition section of the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February.
     
    “I think this film will become a huge phenomenon at the Fajr festival and I am sure it will also be warmly welcomed at the Berlin festival,” Atebbaii stated.
     
    He said that the management of Berlinale has paid a special attention to Iranian cinema over the past few years.
     
    Baran Kowsari, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Reza Behbudi, Misaq Zare and Bahram Afshari are the main members of the cast for the film, which is Dormishian’s second feature.
     
    He made his debut film “Hatred” about the life of an Iranian couple after their immigration. This film was screened at many international events. 
     
    The Panorama section of Berlinale is dedicated to new independent and art films that deal with “controversial subjects or unconventional aesthetic styles.” Films in the section are intended to provoke discussion, and have historically involved these themes.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Art Bureau plans to open in March a bank for songs that have been composed by Iranian songwriters.
     
    The bank will be a comprehensive database, which will contain all the songs composed by Iranian lyricists, Art Bureau’s Song Department director Saeid Biabanaki told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.
     
    Iranian lyricists can register their songs in the database, which will be protected by copyright, he added.
     
    “Music companies can access registered songs, and then purchase and use them after they pay for the copyright,” he added.
     
    “Moreover, the best songs will be purchased by the office and announced every three months on the website,” he said. 
     
    The primary service will be free of charge. However, lyricists will have to pay money to register their works in the database.
     
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  • 01/21/14--07:47: What’s in art galleries
  • Watercolor 
     
    * An exhibition of watercolors by Ghazaleh Akhavan will be held at the Sareban Gallery from January 24 to February 3.
     
    The gallery is located at 8 Mehmandust St., off Shahid Beheshti Ave.
     
     
    Photo 
     
    * The Center for Iranian Photographers is currently hosting a charity exhibition of works by a number of Iranian photographers.
     
    The exhibit, which has been organized to raise funds for children with cancer, will be running until January 27 at the center located on the western end of Somayyeh St.
     
     
    Painting 
     
    * Paintings by a group of artists will be put on display in an exhibition at the Laleh Gallery from January 24 to February 4.
     
    About 20 works by Maryam Aiin, Ladan Orangi, Afshin Baqeri, Mohammad Khalili, Mehdi Mohaddes and several other painters will be shown at the gallery, which can be found on Fatemi St., near Laleh Park.
     
    * The Association for the Mentally Challenged will be playing host to an exhibition of paintings by Solmaz Nurmohammad, an artist with Down syndrome, from January 23 and 24.
     
    The association is located at 1 Ghaffari St., in the Hafte-Tir neighborhood.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Persian translation of horror novella “Boy in Darkness” written by the British author Mervyn Peake has been published in Iran.
     
    “Boy in Darkness” is an episode in the Gormenghast series by the author, in which Titus Groan, referred to mostly as “the Boy” in the story, is a young teenager – placing it in the period covered by the second novel of the series, Gormenghast.
     
    Yearning for freedom from his ceaseless duties as 77th Earl of Gormenghast, he escapes from the ancient castle and encounters the nightmare world outside.
     
    Peake (1911–1968) was also an artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books. The three works were part of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, the completion of which was prevented by his death, and consequently should not be considered a trilogy. 
     
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    TEHRAN – The Oscar-nominated feature by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad “Omar” will compete in the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival, which will be held in Tehran in February, the organizers announced on Tuesday.

     
    The film is about a young Palestinian freedom fighter who agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.
     
    “Omar” has been nominated for the Oscar for best foreign film at the 2014 Academy Awards.
     
    Twenty-seven films, seven of which are Iranian entries, will be screened in the international section of the Fajr festival, which will open on February 1.
     
    The Iranian films are “He Who Said No” directed by Ahmadreza Darvish, “The Life is Elsewhere” by Manuchehr Hadi, “With Others” by Nasser Zamiri, “Che” by Ebrahim Hatamikia, “We Have Guests” by Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur, “The Wedlock” by Ruhollah Hejazi and “Cat and Fish” by Shahram Mokri.
     
    Films by directors from several countries including Netherlands, the U.S., Russia, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, France, Afghanistan and Tajikistan will compete at the festival.
     
    “The Mushroom Hunter” directed by William Torgerson from the U.S., “My Father’s Bike” by Piotr Trzaskalski from Poland, “Time of the Lake” by Cafer Ozgul from Turkey and “The New World” by Jaap van Heusden from the Netherlands are among the foreign entries.
     
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