September 30th has been named as “Molana Day” on the Iranian calendar, also recognized by the United Nations. Molana was born on 30 September 1207 and is popularly known as Rumi. His collections of “Masnavi Manavi” and “Divan of Shams-e Tabrizi” are not only popular with or limited to Iranians and Persian-speakers. Their English translations have also reached global fame.
I first encountered the tonbak -- Iran's indigenous drum -- as a student, when I heard it on an old LP I found in a dusty corner of the library at London's Royal College of Music. Instantly, I was hooked.
On the occasion of World Tourism Day and Tourism Week, Niavaran Palace has staged an exhibition of “Gifts of nations” from a collection of handicrafts, decorative objects, badges, and memorabilia offered to the court of Pahlavi II.
A play on the life of great Persian poet Sa’di titled “Sa’di mosafer -e shahr -e esgh ” [Sa’di – Traveler of the city of love], written by Aliangholi Razzghi and directed by Zhoubin Ghaziani, will be staged on 22 September 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.
Every time the ground is dug in Hamedan, western Iran, a valuable object is found. It was November last year when the workers of the water and sewage board working in one of Hamedan’s old districts came across a sarcophagus holding a long lost secret – two skeletons in each other’s arms.
Rizali Khajavi, known as the devoted farmer to most of us, has been hospitalized for kidney failure.
Azbar-Ali Hajavi, nicknamed Rizali Khajavi, has been in our school books for decades now. He came to be known as the devoted farmer in our elementary literature books throughout Iran.
Jabbar Baghcheban is known as the father of the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Iran. He is the founder of the first school for the deaf in Iran, which he established in the city of Tabriz and called it “Baghche-ye Atfal” [The children’s garden], and thus became known as “Bagcheban” [gardener]. He passed away in 1966.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
A university professor in the UK believes: “Iran must have closer ties with Europe for its economic development. But its security can be provided mostly by China and Russia. This requires a little subtlety in the ‘Neither East, Nor West’ slogan.”
Australian cultural attaché and second in rank, Hamish Leslie Reisen, has said that Australians are not very familiar with Iran and its tourist attractions, adding: “Planning cultural programs is one of the best incentives for Australians to travel to Iran; because, the image they have of Iran is impacted by the global news coverage. Good news from Iran will surely attract their attention, especially about cultural links between the two countries.”