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A Different Type of Charity Concert

A Different Type of Charity ConcertA Different Type of Charity Concert

Social activist Ra’na Salehi organized a traditional concert on Tuesday in Tehran to support musicians and music enthusiasts among the quake stricken victims of Kermanshah Province.

The western province of Kermanshah and the regions bordering Iraq were jolted by a 7.3 quake last November. The killer quake claimed over 500 lives, wounded thousands and displaced thousands of others.

Salehi participated in some of the programs conducted in Kermanshah for educational support of the people. About her observations, she told Honaronline: “I noticed there was a special interest among children in music and musical instruments.”

She referred to tanbur as the instrument that was of special interest among the people of Kermanshah. “Most of the local people, including children, were either players of some sort or enthusiastic about music. Many instruments were destroyed under debris of the quake.”

The Tuesday concert featured a solo santur by Marjan Ragheb, followed by traditional performances by Roshana ensemble led by Maryam Torabparvar, Touka ensemble led by Ali Jabbari, Nastar ensemble led by Farideh Rezaee and Saz-o-Avaz ensemble led by Alireza Mehdizadeh among other bands.

The revenues of the concert, hosted by Rooberoo Mansion, will be spent to make music instruments for those who lost theirs in the natural calamity.

“A large number of instruments were destroyed in villages and the city of Sarpol-e Zahab. In the first phase of our project we can only help 150 musicians,” Salehi said.

The second part of the charity program is slated for February 16 and is going to be hosted by Navaye Shahr-Ashoub music institute in Sa’adatabad neighborhood in north Tehran. “We hope to stage more of such charity concerts in Shiraz and Bushehr”, the social activist said.

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