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Iran Bejeweled Land
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"Ey Iran" or "Iran Bejeweled Land" anthem was composed in 1944 in Tehran. The lyrics were written by Hossein Gol-e-Golab and the music was composed by Ruhollah Khaleqi, and it was first performed by the classical Persian music singer Gholam-Hossein Banan. Golegolab was inspired to write the song by patriotism.

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Iranian Painting
Monday, September 24, 2012

The history of the art of painting in Iran goes back to the Cave Age. Painted images of animals and hunting scenes have been discovered in the caves of Lorestan province. Those discovered by W. Semner on the walls of buildings in Mallyan Heights in Fars province belong to 5,000 years ago. Illustrations discovered on earthenware in Lorestan, Sialk Mound in Kashan and other archeological sites prove that the artists of this region were familiar with the art of painting.

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An American Hero in Iran
Monday, August 6, 2012

Howard Conklin Baskerville (10 April 1885 – 19 April 1909) was an American teacher in the American Memorial School in Tabriz (a Presbyterian mission school in Tabriz, Iran) who was killed fighting for Iranian democracy during the Constitution Revolution. He has been called the "American Lafayette in Iran." 

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Rumi Puppet Opera
Saturday, June 30, 2012

The well-received puppet opera by Behrouz Gharibpour narrates the lifetime of the renowned Persian poet Mowlana Jalaleddin Rumi as well as his masterpiece ‘Masnavi’. The score for the opera was recorded in Ukraine. Gharibpour’s latest work features 6,000 lines from ‘Masnavi’. Gharibpour has received the Italian Sirene d’ Oro Prize from Arrivano dal Mare Puppet Festival in 2009.

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Iranian Music - Folk Music
Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rastak a new ensemble for contemporary Persian Folk Music was formed as an experimental music group in 1997. Rastak is famous for performing regional music from different provinces of Iran. Persian folk music, or musiqi-e mahali (regional music), covers the Traditional Folk Music traditions in the various regions of Iran and connected areas. While Persian classical music tended to be an urban genre, the folk music traditions had their strongest roots in the rural regional areas, with separate heritage in the different regions. Iran contains several ethnic minorities with their own variation of Persian Folk Music, including Azeri, Bakhtiari, Baluchi, Ghashghaei, Gilani, Kurd and Turkmen peoples.

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Iranian New Year
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Originating in Iran’s ancient history, Nowruz is celebrated by more than 300 million people worldwide on March 21, the day of the spring Equinox, which marks the sun’s crossing of the Equator and the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Nowruz is as one of the oldest and most cherished festivities celebrated for at least 3,000 years. Nowruz is a messenger of peace, friendship, benevolence for the humankind and admiration for the nature not only for Iranians, but for several nations and tribes who adorn this ancient festivity and celebrate it. Nowruz is an opportunity for rethinking, restarting and remaking.

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Persian Carpet
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The history of Persian Carpet -a culmination of artistic magnificence- dates back to 2,500 years ago. The Iranians were among the pioneer carpet weavers of the ancient civilizations, having achieved a superlative degree of perfection through centuries of creativity and ingenuity. The skill of carpet weaving has been handed down by fathers to their sons, who built upon those skills and in turn handed them down to their offspring as a closely guarded family secret. To trace the history of Persian carpet is to follow a path of cultural growth of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever seen.

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Life in Tehran
Saturday, September 10, 2011
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Persian Gardens
Saturday, August 13, 2011
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Persian Architecture
Monday, August 8, 2011
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