Hosna - Young Iranian Kamancheh player
Hosna Parsa is a young Iranian musician who entered music school when she was 10 and started her musical activities in Vahdat Hall when she was 16. She later joined the Neiriz ensemble led by Maliheh Saeedi. It was then that she was invited to a festival in Austria and played the tonbak and kamancheh as her second musical instruments.
Art has no gender
A lady vocalist of Persian song in Iran believes: “Art must not be viewed from a gender perspective, but an individual one; because in the field of singing, every person and gender has a different talent and vocals. The most important aspects here are the individual’s skills to make their talent work with practice, innovation, and self-confidence. These aspects are not linked to gender.”
Music in Iran suffers from inherent patriarchy
The leader of an Iranian women’s music ensemble says: “Music in Iran suffers from an inherent patriarchy. Most women musicians have tried very hard for their careers, but most men musicians are easily accepted simply for their gender.”