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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – The photojournalists Mojtaba Heidari from Iran and Puspa Perwitasari from Indonesia will share their experiences of visiting Tehran and Jakarta in an exhibit entitled “Tales of 2 Cities”.

    Seventy-five photos depicting aspects of social life in Jakarta and Tehran will be showcased at the exhibition, which will open at Tehran’s Saba Art and Cultural Institute on March 1, the institute announced in a press release on Tuesday.
    Heidari, who is currently collaborating with Iran’s Mehr News Agency, took his photos during a trip to the Indonesian capital in 2013.
    Perwitasari’s collection features photos of Tehran. She works for the Antara News Agency in Jakarta.
    The exhibit, which has been organized with the help of the two news agencies, will run until March 8 at the institute located on Mozaffar St., off Taleqani Ave., near Felestin Square.

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  • 02/26/14--07:49: What’s in art galleries
  • Jewelry

    * A collection of jewelry by Banafsheh Hemmati is currently on display in an exhibition at the Vaali Gallery.
    The exhibit runs until March 6 at the gallery located at 72 Khoddami St. off Vanak Square.


    * A collection of handmade items and needlecraft by Shirin Agah will be put on display in an exhibition at the Mess Negar Gallery today.

    The exhibit runs until March 1 at the gallery, which can be found at No. 5 in the Park Prince Building on Molla Sadra Highway.


    * Paintings by Hoda Najafi will be showcased in an exhibit at the Shokuh Gallery from February 28 to March 5.
    The gallery is located at 19 Amir Nuri Alley, North Salimi St. near Andarzgu Blvd.


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    TEHRAN – The Persian literary monthly Bokhara commemorated Danish Orientalist Arthur Christensen (1875-1945) during a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday.

    The Ambassador of Denmark to Iran Andres Christian Haugaard, Bokhara Managing Director Ali Dehbashi, Associate Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Copenhagen Claus V. Pedersen and a number of Iranian literary figures including Jaleh Amuzgar attended the ceremony, the Persian service of MNA reported on Wednesday.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Dehbashi said that the ceremony has been organized to honor the Iranologist who wrote his first article about Rustam when he was only 23.

    “He continued his studies about Persian language and culture with love and joy, and left a library full of rare books acting as a precious guide for the Iranologists in the world,” he added.

    Ambassador Andres Christian Haugaard expressed his happiness in holding such events in Iran, and said that he is happy to have a chance to listen to speeches by experts about Arthur Christensen.

    Amuzgar who is a member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature next made a brief speech regarding the book “Sassanid Persia”, the most significant work written about the Sassanid Empire (224 to 651 CE).

    Published in 1909, “Sassanid Persia” is Christensen’s great work on Sassanid Iranian history, society and governance, and is still today a reference book in the field. The book is considered Christensen’s magnum opus and has been published in English, French and Persian.

    Professor Pedersen next called Christensen an Iranologist, who was an expert in Iranian language, and said that he was highly interested in Iranian history, culture and society, both ancient Persian and contemporary Iran.

    Italian Cultural Attaché Carlo Cereti, who was also present in the ceremony, made a brief speech about Christensen and his book about Sassanid.

    A series of books by Christensen went on display on the sidelines of the ceremony for the participants.


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    TEHRAN – The Iranian translator Maryam Heidari has won the Prize for Arab Creation in Baghdad.

    A number of literati were also honored with prizes during a ceremony held in the Iraqi capital on February 22.

    Heidari was selected for translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s poem collection “The Butterfly’s Burden” into Persian.

    The book was published in winter 2011 by Cheshmeh, a major Iranian publisher of literary books.

    Fifteen cultural figures in various fields of literature were awarded during the event.

    Iraqi poet Yas Al Saeidi, dramatist Ibrahim Elhossainy from Egypt as well as the Egyptian poet and author Safaa Elbialy were among the winners.

    Baghdad was selected as the Capital of Arab Culture for 2013. The initiative was taken by the Arab League as part of the UNESCO Cultural Capitals Program.


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    TEHRAN -- France will honor the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi with L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (the Order of Arts and Letters) today.

    The culture minister of the country presents the order to a person who has made significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the dissemination of these fields.

    It was established by the culture minister on 2 May 1957, and confirmed as part of the Ordre national du Mérite by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963.

    Farhadi made his latest film “The Past” in France. The French-language drama brought its star Bérénice Bejo the Palme d’Or for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

    He received the first EU MEDIA prize for “The Past” in 2012 when the film was in its preproduction stage.

    His previous film “A Separation” won the Oscar for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards in 2012. He previously received France’s César award for best foreign film for “A Separation”.


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    TEHRAN – Iranian author Puran Iran has recently published her first book based on humorous stories of the marriage proposals she received during her youth.

    Fourteen stories are narrated by a teenager in the book entitled “Proposal”.

    “This is my first experience in writing. And I must admit that all these fourteen stories have happened to me in the real world,” she told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.

    “‘Why in humor and why about yourself,’ some have asked me, but the truth is that there was no other alternative but humor in looking at these types of people and their ways of expressing their feelings in proposing marriage,” she explained.

    “Of course, the stories might seem satirical, but they are quite impressive since they highlight the existing opinions about marriage in the society,” she added.

    “I was always under suspect for not having been married, and my oath revealing the fact that I have no suitors was not believed by any individual. But all of a sudden God’s hands were revealed and a number of suitors were found for this spinster,” reads part of the book”.

    The 116-page book has been released by Amout Publications.


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    TEHRAN – The Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) will hold a session entitled “Sibelius and the Music of Finland” on March 1.

    Professor Eero Tarasti of the University of Helsinki will deliver a speech about Finnish music and the great composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) during the event.

    The session has been organized with the help of the Embassy of Finland in Tehran.

    Sibelius was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity.

    The core of Sibelius’s oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies. Like Beethoven, Sibelius used each successive work to further develop his own personal compositional style. His works continue to be performed frequently in the concert hall and are often recorded.


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    TEHRAN – The Imam Ali (AS) Museum of Religious Arts held the opening ceremony held of a retrospective of works of veteran calligrapher Iraj Naeimaii on Thursday.

    Iranian Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani, master calligrapher Gholam-Hossein Amirkhani, Tehran City Council Chairman Ahmad Masjed-Jamei, and several artists and officials attended the ceremony.
    The religious scholars and clerics always pay attention to the art of calligraphy, Masjed-Jamei said during the ceremony.
    “Naeimaii has a good understanding of truth in art, which is manifested in his artworks,” he added.
    “We do not have a specific definition of religious art however Naeimaii could be considered the missing link between art and religion,” art scholar Hassan Bolkhari said.
    Afterward, Amirkhani talked about Naeimaii and his art. 
    He called Naimaei a professional artist who understands cultural and social issues as well.
    Vocalist Abdolhossein Mokhtabad, Hessameddin Seraj and the Head of Iran’s House of Music Hamidreza Nurbakhsh also attended the event.
    “The curves of Naeimaii’s calligraphy artworks remind the visitor of a kamancheh,” the santur virtuoso Majid Kiani said during the event.
    Naeimaii, who is also a music scholar, was previously the head of the Iran’s House of Music.
    “Music and calligraphy have a close relationship with each other; I can hear the sound of Iranian music in Naeimaii’s artworks,” he added.
    At the end of the ceremony, Naeimaii made a short speech and expressed his thanks for holding the event.
    “Commemorating an artist is actually the commemoration of art, so I am very happy that this this event was held,” he said.
    Naeimaii, 54, is a graduate of Qom Seminary. He has created several calligraphy artworks during his 30 year career.
    His artworks are on display during an exhibition at the museum until March 11.
    The museum can be found on Esfandiar Blvd., near the intersection with Vali-e Asr Ave. in northern Tehran.

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    TEHRAN -- The Japanese music specialist Tsuge Gen’ichi has donated a rare tar dating back to the Qajar era to the Music Museum of Iran.

    He presented the tar to Iran’s ambassador in Tokyo Reza Nazar-Ahari during a meeting on Friday.
    The tar will be placed in the museum during a ceremony, which will be attended by Tsuge Gen’ichi in Tehran in the near future.
    He said that this five-stringed tar was made by Master Farajollah 150 years ago during the reign of Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar (1831-1896).
    Gen’ichi bought the instrument when he studied Persian music from veteran tar virtuoso Nasrollah Zarrinpanjeh in 1963 in Tehran.
    He used the tar when he taught music at various Japanese universities over the years.
    He said that he decided to return the tar to Iran after visiting the Music Museum of Iran in spring 2014.

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    TEHRAN – Iran is participating in the 36th edition of the ongoing International Tourism Fair in Belgrade, presenting a selection of its tourist attractions for the first time.

    Organized by Iran’s embassy in Belgrade, a variety of Persian handicrafts and images of Iran’s historical monuments have been put on display in Iran’s pavilion at the fair, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Friday.
    Moreover, a selection of documentaries about Iran is also being screened in the pavilion making the visitors more familiar with Iran and its scenic beauty.
    Speaking in the opening ceremony, Fair Director Nikola Andric regarded Iran’s participation in the fair as a good opportunity to develop tourism cooperation between the two countries and providing a basis for more economic collaboration.
    He added that the fair helps Iran’s tourist agencies to become more familiar with tourist agencies in his country.
    A total of 1000 participants from 54 countries and nine new countries including Argentina, Algeria, Albania, United Arab Emirate (UAE), Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, Iran, India, Portugal and Romania are promoting their tourism offers for the first time in Belgrade.
    The Belgrade Tourism Fair is ranked as the largest tourist event in the country and southeast Europe. Upholding international business standards for more than 30 years, it has created partner relationships with its exhibitors, offering a variety of quality activities and attracting a huge number of exhibitors every year.
    The fair, which opened on February 27, will be running until March 2.

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    TEHRAN -- Tehran’s Allameh Tabatabaii University will be playing host to the second international conference on the connections between Persian and Turkish languages in May.
    Persian terms in the Turkish language and Turkish terms in the Persian language, key factors in the expansion of the Persian language in Turkey, and the role of media in the expansion of literary relations between the two countries are among the major subjects scheduled to be discussed during the conference.
    The two-day conference, which will open on May 11, has been organized jointly by the Allameh Tabatabaii University and Istanbul University.
    Studies on Rumi in Turkey and Iran, Persian and Turkish translations in the two countries, Persian and Turkish literary centers working in the two countries, and several other subjects will be highlights of the meeting.     
    The organizers have called upon scholars and literati to send their articles to until April 9.
    The first conference was held at the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul in May 2012.

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    TEHRAN – The 8th edition of the Fajr International Poetry Festival plans to invite 16 poets from various countries to attend the Iranian cultural event, which will be held in May.
    The poets are scheduled to come from Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France, Egypt, Algeria, Iraq and the United States, the organizers announced in a press release on Saturday.
    No names were mentioned for the foreign poets in the press release.
    In addition, Iranian poets are asked to submit their works to the secretariat of the festival before April 14.

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    TEHRAN – Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) will be holding a social anthropology documentary film festival on the sidelines of the 13th Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) in Tallinn, Estonia this summer.
    The festival has been organized to promote and support films and documentaries centering on people, society, culture and religious issues in the Middle East and Asia-Europe (China, Middle Asia, Russia, and Caucasus), DEFC announced in a press release on Saturday.
    Interested filmmakers are asked to submit their works produced after January 2014 to the center no later than April 30.
    A panel of international experts will be judging the films. Moreover, top filmmakers and assistants can attend the festival at their own expense.
    Over 1200 academics from all over the world are expected to attend the conference, which will take place at Tallinn University.

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    TEHRAN – Iranian and Tajik scholars will discuss Tajikistan’s modern poetry during a meeting at Tehran’s Book City Institute on Tuesday.
    Tajik poet Gulrukhsor Safieva, Iranian poet Ali Musavi-Garmarudi and the chairman of Iran-Tajikistan Friendship Association Ali-Ashraf Mojtahed Shabestari will attend the event.
    They will discuss the characteristics of modern Tajik poems, various schools of Tajik poetry, the impact of Persian blank verse on modern Tajik poetry and several other subjects.
    The Book City Institute is located on the Third Alley off Ahmad Qasir St.

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    TEHRAN – The Iranian translator Seyyed Saeid Firuzabadi is currently working on the memoirs of the Swiss pilot Walter Mittelholzer who made the first flight to Iran in 1925. 

    “Flying to Persia” will be probably be published by Farhang-e Moaser in May 2014.
    In this book, Mittelholzer chronicles his adventures during the 104-day voyage to Iran.
    Mittelholzer took off from Zürich on December 18, 1924, to fly to Persia. His aircraft was a Junkers A 20 floatplane and named Switzerland. 
    He was forced to remain for a month in Turkey due to diplomatic problems but continued on and arrived in Tehran on January 27, 1925. The purpose of the flight was to demonstrate the aircraft to the Persian authorities. 
    The demonstration proved successful and the aircraft was sold after being refitted with a new engine in March. In May, Junkers sent new offers and received an order for a second A 20. 
    Mittelholzer (1894–1937) was a Swiss aviation pioneer. He was active as a pilot, photographer, travel writer, and also as one of the first aviation entrepreneurs.
    Mittelholzer earned his private pilot’s license in 1917, and in 1918, he completed his instruction as a military pilot.

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    TEHRAN -- Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani appointed Majid Mollanoruzi as the new director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) on Sunday.
    Mollanoruzi is a graduate of painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran, TMCA reported in a press release on Sunday.
    He also serves as Director of the Office for Visual Arts.
    Mollanoruzi has previously collaborated with different organizations and ministries such as the Education Ministry, Tehran Municipality and the Eternal Figures Committee.
    The position was previously held by Ehsan Aqaii.

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    TEHRAN – Afghan and Iranian literati will attend the 7th Persian Candy Literary Festival, which will be held at Tehran’s Sureh Hall on March 4 and 5.
    The message of Afghan Minister of Information and Culture Sayed Makhdoom Raheen will be read during the opening ceremony, the secretary of the festival Mohammad-Sorur Rajaii told the Persian service of IRNA on Saturday.
    The finalists will recite their poetry and fictional prose during the event and scholars will deliver speeches at the festival.
    The Afghan scholar Mohammad-Sorur Molaii and the Iranian poet Ali Mo’allem Damghani will also give lectures about the history and civilization of the Afghan city of Ghazni, which was selected as the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2013 by UNESCO.
    Over 170 Afghan and Iranian writers will compete in two sections of poetry and fiction with each other.
    Three book fairs, and two meetings on poetry and fiction are scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the festival.
    The event has been organized by Tehran’s Art Bureau, Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the Hami Institute, and the Iran-Afghanistan Friendship Society.

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    TEHRAN – The 2nd Tehran Mobile Film and Photo Festival will be held from September 12 to 19.
    “The festival aims to promote creativity among people and to make them believe that their viewpoint is worth sharing,” the festival’s policy making council director Farbod Naserabadi said in a press conference at the Iranian Artists Forum on Sunday.
    This edition of the festival has a main section in which works on any subject are free to compete, secretary of the festival Hamid Khani said at the press conference.
    Two side-sections of “Tehran from Mobile’s Viewpoint” and “University from Mobile’s Viewpoint” have also been arranged for this year’s festival, he added.
    The acclaimed filmmaker Mehrdad Oskuii has been appointed as the secretary of the film section and the art critic Mehdi Moqimnejad has been selected as the secretary of the photo section.
    A number of the works are scheduled to be shown on the sidelines of the festival.
    In addition, professionals can submit their works to the “Artists’ Viewpoint” section. 
    The festival is being organized in the private sector by Digikala, a major Iranian organization that offers online shopping services, and the Marketing Communication Group (MCG).

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    TEHRAN – “Tales of 2 Cities”, a joint exhibition by photojournalists Mojtaba Heidari from Iran and Puspa Perwitasari from Indonesia, was inaugurated at Tehran’s Saba Art and Cultural Institute during a ceremony on Saturday.

    Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization (IIDO) Director Seyyed Mehdi Khamushi, Managing Director of Mehr News Agency Reza Moqaddasi, Managing Director of Antara News Agency Saiful Hadi, and the ambassadors of Thailand, Indonesia and Zimbabwe attended the opening ceremony.
    Seventy-five photos depicting aspects of social life in Jakarta and Tehran have been put on dispaly at the exhibition, the Persian service of MNA reported on Sunday.
    Heidari is currently collaborating with Iran’s Mehr News Agency. Perwitasari’s collection features photos of Tehran. She works for the Antara News Agency in Jakarta, however, she was not in Iran to attend the ceremony.
    Speaking at the ceremony, Heidari said that he took the photos during his 9-day trip to the Indonesian capital in 2013.
    “There are many commonalities about the beauties of Islam and I wanted to show these beauties,” he added.
    Moqaddasi next expressed his happiness in holding the exhibit here in Tehran.
    Moreover, Saiful Hadi made a brief speech and said that he had already heard about the kindness of the Iranian people, and he saw this kindness here in Tehran. 
    The ceremony was brought to an end with each participant placing a signature on the poster of the exhibit. 
    The exhibit, which has been organized with the help of the two news agencies, will run until March 8 at the institute located on Mozaffar St., off Taleqani Ave., near Felestin Square.

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    TEHRAN -- A number of pieces of ring-money have recently been donated to the Astan-e Qods Razavi Library and Museum in Mashhad, an official of the museum announced on Saturday.

    “These pieces of ring-money, which are made of silver and bronze, were also been used as ornaments,” the museum’s coin, banknote and stamp section director Mohammad-Hassan Yazdinejad said in a press release.
    The ring-money has been donated by an Iranian who lives in the United Arab Emirates, he added. No name was mentioned for the donator.
    He said that the ring-money dates back to the second millennium BC. However he gave no details about the dynasty in which the currency was common.  
    Similar examples of these types of ring-money have previously been discovered in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and some ancient sites in south and west of Iran, Yazdinejad stated.  
    The museum is adjacent to the Shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad. 
    A number of artifacts have previously been donated to the museum by Emirates-based Iranians, who visited the museum and the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) over the past few years. 

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