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Footprints of Iranian Regime in Governmental Art

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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Footprints of Iranian Regime in Governmental Art

(Free “Peace Symphony” in Europe & Discounted “Music Concerts” in the US)

by: Ali Taalebinezhaad

Feb. 17, 2010

Every year, the “Islamic Republic of Iran” (IRI) has had elaborate celebrations around 22nd of Bahman (11th of February) to commemorate its anniversary of taking power in Iran. However due to the June fraud election and subsequent public uprisings, the regime has had difficulties in running its usual shows in Iran because many of the local and international artists have boycotted such celebrations in sympathy with the Iranian protesters whose basic human rights have been violated by Khamenei-Ahmadinejad regime.

In order to stay in power, the IRI regime has been using the national oil revenues in any ways it could to violently combat the protesters inside Iran and at the same time it has been trying to cover its iron feast internationally. In this process, the regime has now resorted to using art and artists for achieving its goals. The free performances of “Peace Symphony” around 22nd of Bahman in expensive European halls which have been fully financed by the regime, is only one example. The Iranians in European cities who protested at these performances have cited the pressures that the IRI regime has been imposing on socially responsible artists in Iran.

سمفوني جنجالي صلح و اميد در اروپا

Also from a couple of weeks ago, groups such as Iranian Association of Boston (IAB) and MIT Persian Students Association (PSA) have been repeatedly promoting and offering discounted tickets for a music concert by Hossein Alizadeh & Keyhan Calhor under the title of “Masters of Persian Music”. Unfortunately this is the same music group which performed at the glamorous Disney Hall in Los Angeles on the eve of 22nd of Bahman when the local Iranians were preparing to protest against the IRI regime. This music program became even more questionable when they limited their concert to love songs and refused to sing a song called “Faryad” (loud protest voice) which had some relevance to current situation and they had performed it in previous years. Such actions by Alizadeh/Calhor group resulted in a public protest during their performance which you can read more about at:

تظاهرات جمعی از ایرانیان ساکن لس آنجلس درکنسرت علیزاده و کلهر در تالار دیسنی درشب جشن سالگرد انقلاب اسلامی

Some might want to avoid facing the motivations behind such performances by simply arguing that art should be kept separated from politics and we should enjoy art as it is. This can be a good argument in general but in the current circumstances that the criminal regime of Khamenei-Ahmadinejad severely punishes any artist which does not follow its line of thoughts, artists who are collaborating with this criminal regime are practically increasing the pressure on socially responsible artists whose human rights have been already violated.

There is rarely a day goes by that we do not hear about such violations. For example, yesterday, Jafar Panahi (acclaimed movie director) who was scheduled to give a talk at Berlin Movie Festival was prevented from leaving Iran. At the same time, people such as Alizadeh and Calhor can freely travel and make money by selling out the interests of Iranian people to the highest bidder, namely the IRI regime in this case.

.از خروج جعفر پناهی جلوگیری شد

The notion of using art for supporting social causes is not a strange idea but a human instinct which socially responsible artists have exercised and made admirable names for themselves through the human history. For example after about a century, the lyrics and music of Aref Ghazvini such as “Az khoone javanane vatan laleh damideh” which he composed during the constitution revolution in Iran, is more popular than ever.

Being a socially responsible person is not an eastern or western phenomena but a human characteristic which urges a human being to use his/her talent and/or stature for the interest of society. In 2005, Harold Pinter, the famous English play writer, won the Noble prize in Literature but his was too ill to travel to Stockholm for giving his acceptance speech so instead they played his video speech titled “Art, Truth and Politics” at the Nobel ceremony. At your convenience you can listen to his insightful and informative video speech which is about 50 minutes long at:

Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize Speech: “Art, Truth and Politics” (video)

however his main point is summarized at the last 2 minutes of his speech where he says:

When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror - for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.

If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man.”

 

The full text of his speech can be found at:

Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize Speech: “Art, Truth and Politics” (text only)

 

It is now appropriate to end this article by an example of a traditional Persian song where the artists have used their talents for a social cause while practicing and promoting the beauty of Persian music. It is called “Moje Khoon” which is composed by Rahman Sobhani for a poem with the same name from the late Fereidoon Moshiri. This song is performed by the “Bidad Group” whose singers are Hassan Sharghi and Haleh SeifiZadeh. The general public has valued this beautiful musical work by making it one of the most popular Persian songs on the internet to this date:

“Moje Khoon” Song (Lyrics and MP3 download)

“Moje Khoon” Song (Video)

(NOTE: Some of the internet links have WRONGLY attributed this song to Shajarian and Parisa which would have seemed unlikely in the first place.)

خلیج همیشه فارس

Monday, February 1st, 2010

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خلیج همیشه فارس

با سپاس از: نعیم نقی زاده

26 اسفند 1386

چو ایران نباشد نن من مباد

برین بوم و بر زنده یک تن مباد

از آنجا که تمدن دیرینه و با شکوه ایرانیان بر کسی پوشیده نیست و نام ایران و ایرانی همواره به صورت واژه ای مقدس و با صلابت در اذهان شکل گرفته است،  دشمن زبون بر آن شده است که با تحریف تاریخ و عقاید با شکوه این مرز و بوم خدشه ای بر پیکره مردم همواره مبارز سرزمین ما وارد نماید. نمونه ای از این اندیشه ها و افکار مغرضانه، تبدیل نام خلیج فارس به خلیج …. است.

از شما دعوت میکنیم که در اعتراض به این حرکت های مغرضانه، طوماری را که بدین منظور در سایت زیر ایجاد شده را امضاء کنید:

طومار اعتراض به گوگل در مورد استفاده نام جعلی بجای “خلیج فارس

از غرب سوی شرق زن , بدخواه را بر فرق زن

بر فرق او چون برق زن , مگزار از او نام ونشان

اطلاعات بیشتر:

رئیس پلیس امنیت اخلاقی ایران “خلیج فارس” را “خلیج …” مینامد. (سیمای جمهوری اسلامی ایران)

ویدئو شاه در مورد  نام “خلیج فارس”  و “اسرائیل(YouTube)

اقدام “موسسه علمی شیرین” در سال 1383در دفاع از نام خلیج فارس (سایت شیرین)

خلیج فارس (ویکی پدیا)

بحث بر سر نام خلیج فارس (سایت آفتاب)