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Tongue in Cheek
Veteran Muezzin Ill
At 81
Vaziri Resumes Painting
Entries for Sacred Defense Film Event Announced
World Oldest Turquoise Found Near Neishabour
Russia Compiling Great Islamic Encyclopedia
Dehlavi Complains About Pitiful State of Music
Milani to Be Honored in India

Veteran Muezzin Ill
Rahim Moazenzadeh Ardebili
TEHRAN, May 4--The call to prayers (Azan) with a beautiful voice has been a hereditary gift for the forebears of Rahim Moazenzadeh Ardebili who is currently suffering from illness and is undergoing treatment at a hospital, reported ISNA.
The public believes that Moazenzadeh’s voice is a divine gift for the Muslims who should perform prayers every day as a religious obligation.
Muezzin is a person who gives the call for prayers summoning the faithful to mosques to perform their religious duty.
Rahim Moazenzadeh’s voice was first recorded as an Azan in 1955 when he was 30 years old. His brother Mirsalim Moazenzadeh is also known as ’the nightingale’ for his melodic elegy to commemorate the tragedy of Karbala recalling the sacrifice of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Imam of the infallible household of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and his 72 faithful companions who were martyred by the ruler of the time.
Rahim Moazenzadeh was born in Ardebil in northwest Iran in 1925. From a very early age he devoted himself to learning the holy Qur’an instead of attending schools which were founded later. Giving the Azan was inherent to the members of his family, he said recalling, “One night I accompanied my father who was a guest in a house which was located near the home of Ardebil’s Friday prayers leader. We spent the night there and at dawn, my father got up as usual to perform prayers and went to the rooftop to give the call for prayers.
“Ardebil’s Friday prayers leader had said that he was impressed by the ’heavenly voice’ and sent his men to search the neighborhood and find out where the voice had come from. He then called on the host to get introduced to the person who had given the Azan. The host replied, ’Sheikh Abdolkarim Ardebili is my guest and he gave the Azan at dawn’. The then Friday prayer leader invited us to his house and appreciated my father’s beautiful voice.“
He further said that his late father was then invited to the local radio station in 1943 and his voice was recorded for broadcasting three times a day.
“After my father died in 1950, I replaced him. My family has been giving the Azan for the past 150 years,“ he concluded.

At 81
Vaziri Resumes Painting
Mohsen Vaziri Moqaddam
TEHRAN, May 4--Iranian artist and sculptor Mohsen Vaziri Moqaddam known as the pioneer of modern art said that he would take up his career of painting despite the loss of eyesight due to old age.
The Rome-based artist told ISNA that he would exhibit his latest paintings at Asyab Arts Gallery in Tehran until May 8.
He said that he did not paint for several years but was encouraged by the enthusiasm of visitors to his latest exhibit in Tehran and has decided to resume painting at the age of 81.
Asked about his weak eyesight, he said that he needs a magnifying glass to see the lines and colors, at the same time, he maintained his resolve to continue painting.
Vaziri Moqaddam said that Asyab Arts Gallery had planned to exhibit his old paintings. “However, when they found out that I have resumed paintings, they requested to display my latest works in the event.“
He said that he is currently translating a book in the field of painting.
Born in Tehran in 1924, he graduated from Tehran University’s Faculty of Fine Arts in 1948 and carried out his post-graduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
He held an exhibit at Tehran’s Contemporary Arts Museum in 2004.

Entries for Sacred Defense Film Event Announced
TEHRAN, May 4--Some 21 feature films about Iraqi-imposed war (1980-1988) will be screened in the competition section of the 10th Sacred Defense Film Festival which is scheduled to be held from May 23-27.
According to IRNA, ’Tears of Cold’ and ’Blossoms of Stones’ by Azizollah Hamidnejad, ’Canary’ by Javad Ardekani, ’Goodbye Comrade’ by Behzad Behzadpour, ’Borderline to Life’ by Reza Azamyan, ’Wind’s Loneliness’ by Vahid Mossaeian, ’Riverside’ by Alireza Amini, ’Fatherland’ by Rasoul Mollaqolipour, ’Oliver Wound’ by Mohammad Reza Ahanj and ’Date’ by Jamal Shourjeh will compete in the festival.
’The Second Beginning’ by Mahshid Afsharzadeh, ’Hyam’ by Mohammad Darmanesh, ’Memory and Souvenir’ by Mostafa Razaq Karimi and Farhad Varham, ’Wild Goose’ by Mohammad Reza Sani, ’The Insane Flew Away’ by Ahmad Reza Motamedi, ’Double Story’ from Abdolhossein Barzideh and Parviz Sheikh Tadi and ’Childish War’ by Abolqassem Talebi are among other entries in the event.
Other films taking part in the festival include ’Duel’ by Ahmad Reza Darvish, ’Great Drum under Left Foot’ by Kazem Masoumi, ’Tara and Strawberry Fever’ by Saeed Soheili, ’Gilaneh’ by Rakhshan Bani Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab.

World Oldest Turquoise Found Near Neishabour
NEISHABOUR, Khorasan Razavi, May 4--Head of Neishabour Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department said here Tuesday that the world’s oldest turquoise has been discovered at a depth of 3.5 meters near Tappeh Borj located 20 kilometers of the city.
Speaking to IRNA, Mohammad Esmaeil Etemadi added that the turquoise was found around the waist of a human skeleton which is estimated to date to 5,500 years ago.
“According to the latest archeological studies and findings by academic staff of the Research Center of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, the historical site is one of the largest and most important prehistoric sites in eastern Iran,“ he noted.
Etemadi further said that technical studies, which have been underway at Tappeh Borj since February with the aim of learning more about the prehistoric inhabitants of eastern and northeastern Iran, will continue until May 21.
The human skeleton, which was buried in a squatting position in a sitting room, was unearthed at a depth of 3.5 meters during the excavation.

Russia Compiling Great Islamic Encyclopedia
TEHRAN, May 4--Oriental studies department of Russia’s Academy of Sciences plans to compile a great Islamic encyclopedia in cooperation with researchers and scholars form Iran and Turkey.
ISNA quoted Voice of Russia radio station as saying that the collection will be published in 10
The encyclopedia will initially be compiled in a single volume featuring the abstracts of articles while the complete version will be published in 10 volumes incorporating detailed entries.
Russian scholars majoring in oriental studies will undertake the compilation of data in some countries.
The encyclopedia will give the readers a chance to access realistic information on Islamic issues.
According to the Russian experts, Iran and Turkey’s collaboration in this field will pave the way for expanding Irano-Russian and Turk-Russian cultural ties.

Dehlavi Complains About Pitiful State of Music
Hossein Dehlavi
TEHRAN, May 4--Veteran musician and composer Hossein Dehlavi said that music does not have the status it deserves in Iran and is passing through an undynamic phase.
He told IRNA that for centuries Persian music has suffered from negligence which has increased meaningfully in recent years.
He noted that officials in charge of cultural affairs do not respect the musicians and such a treatment has led to the emergence of what he called ’superficial songs’.
Bureaucracy and lack of expertise of the officials are among the major problem facing the music sector.
Dehlavi said he believes that usually expertise brings commitment. Therefore, by handing over the management of the music sector to specialists, many of the problems can be overcome.
He described the crisis in the music sector as emanating from absence of expertise among officials administering music affairs.
“Even inappropriate idioms are being applied in the songs while Persian literature is ahead of music in terms of progress it has made,“ he said.
He said that though the music is being taught in universities at the MA level, no special attention has been paid to enhance its level adding that in other countries music is being taught at the doctorate level.
Dehlavi said that he is currently compiling a book about ’Relationship between Poetry and Music’.
Criticizing those who think music is harmful to children, he said that music teaches children how to observe discipline in life and have an active physical lifestyle.
“Unfortunately, officials do not know how music can be made useful for children,“ the master of music said

Milani to Be Honored in India
TEHRAN, May 4--A prominent Iranian filmmaker will be commemorated at Calcutta International Film Festival this summer.
The festival will honor the filmmaker by screening her films including ’Two Women’ which was also screened at the same event five years ago.
Milani was also honored in Germany last year during the 22nd international film festival in Munich.
She served on the panel of jury at Berlin International Film Festival and headed the jury at Estonia film festival last year. Her film ’Black Night’ was screened in the festival. She attended Tunisia’s International Film Festival last December as a member of the jury.

Paintings on the ceiling of Shahzadeh Ebrahim Shrine, Kashan, Isfahan province (Photo by Oshin D. Zakarian)


A View From the Bridge
Manijeh Mohamedi
Time: 8 p.m.
Add: Main Hall, City Theater, Enqelab St., Vali-e Asr Crossroad

Santa Cruz
Director: Homa Roosta
Add: Charsou Hall,
City Theater, Enqelab St., Vali-e Asr Crossroad

Major Barbara
Director: Mehrdad Rayanie-Makhsous
Add: Qashqaie Hall, City Theater, Enqelab St., Vali-e Asr Crossroad

Haven’t You Seen a Lady in Blue Manteau?
Rahim Norouzi
Add: Sayeh Hall, City Theater, Enqelab St., Vali-e Asr Crossroad