When the lights went out!


At much-publicised recitals of Persian music in Tehran, the lights went out just as renowned world music star, Homayoun Shajarian, got on stage. After thousands of people clapped in the darkness, singing the “old” pre-revolution national anthem (even women’s voices could be heard and women are not allowed to sing in public), the star’s more famous father, Mohammad Reza Shajarian got on stage and denounced the government. He said the interior ministry was deliberately trying to stop Iranians from listening to the music of their country. Visibly angry, the audience’s mood was less anticipation of complex, jazz-like permutations of Dastgahs on Dafs, Tars, Tombaks, Setars, Kamanchehs, Neys, Tanburs, Santurs, and Uds and more on political change.

Mohammad Reza Shajarian got on stage and denounced the government. He said the interior ministry was deliberately trying to stop Iranians from listening to the music of their country.

Source: Guardian.co.uk +
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2 Responses

  1. Indeed, I read this article in Guardian which made me pretty sorry! I’m speechless…
    What is the aim? who knows? neither I nor you. To be honest, I suppose that even they don’t know themselves as well…

  2. Dastan and Homayoun Shajarian are scheduling a tour throughout the USA for their two CDs made in 2008.

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