Art And Culture

Seminar on Attar and Music

Seminar on Attar and MusicSeminar on Attar and Music

A seminar on Attar and Music will be held on July 20-22 at Tehran’s Arasbaran Cultural Center located in Jolfa Street.

Experts participating in the seminar will discuss the works and thoughts of the Persian poet, theoretician of Sufism and hagiographer, Attar of Nishabur (1145-1221).

The three-day event starts at 8 pm and is open to the public. It is organized under the auspices of ‘Honar-Musighi’ and ‘Sazkhane’-Tehran art institutes-in cooperation with the Cultural and Art Organization of Tehran Municipality, Fars News Agency reported.

The seminar will feature musical pieces in band performance and solo. The three groups that will perform include a band by Mehdi Emami, Amir Sharifi and Houshmand Ebadi; an ensemble by Mojtaba Asgari, Hamidreza Hassanpour, Kaveh Motamedian and Mohammad Jafar Qaziasgari; and another by Pouria Akhvas, Soheil Sadeqi, Aliasghar Arabshahi and Zakaria Yousefi.

Solo musicians of the event are Hesam Inanlou, 29, player of kamancheh (Iranian fiddle), Saeed Nayeb-Mohammadi, 39, oud player and Pouyan Biglar, 34, composer and player of tar and setar.

Author Bahram Parvin Gonabadi, researcher in literature Iraj Shahbazi, head of the Cultural and Art Organization Mahmoud Salahi and master of Persian literature Amir Hossein Mahouzi will deliver speeches.

The Sufi poet Attar of Nishabur, also known as Farid al-Din Attar is famous for his short lyrics that are in themes of passion and mysticism. Attar, who lived in Nishabur until his death, was a brilliant storyteller and poet in both lyric and epic forms. His ideas span over Persian mysticism and religious philosophy. His writings were sources of inspiration for later literary figures including Rumi and Hafez.