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Publish Date : Monday 3 December 2012 - 10:11
 
 
The latest cultural headlines in the media.
03.12.12
 
Indian university holds confab on Iran’s mystic poet Mowlavi 

Presstv: An international conference on the life and literary works of the world-renowned Persian poet Mowlavi has been held at the Aligarh Muslim University in India.
Iranian and Tajik Ambassadors to India along with Afghanistan’s cultural attaché and many Persian language professors attended the conference titled “Mowlavi’s spirituality in Modern Day”, ISNA has reported.
Persian Language Research Center of the Aligarh University in collaboration with India’s Cultural Relations Council organized the two-day international conference.
The Head of Persian Language Research Center Azarmidokht Safavi recited some poems of the poet in his speech delivered in the inauguration ceremony of the event.
Several books of the poet translated in Indian were unveiled at the ceremony as well.
Iran’s ambassador dedicated some 500 volumes of The Nahj al-Balagha (Peak of Eloquence) to the library of Aligarh Muslim University.
Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Balkhi, known Mowlavi in Persian, was a 13th century Persian poet, mystic and theologian.
Mowlavi who is also known as Rumi in Western countries, was born in Balkh (now part of Afghanistan) and passed away in Konya, Turkey, where he was laid to rest.
Mowlavi is better known for his six-volume poem Masnavi which is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of both Islamic mysticism and Persian literature.
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Kevin Powers grabs 2012 Guardian First Book Award 

Presstv: An American ex-soldier and poet has picked up the 2012 Guardian First Book Award with his novel on the Iraq war, The Yellow Birds.
The winning novel, which narrates the story of fighting and surviving in the war, is based on the writer's own experiences in Iraq war as a machine-gunner in the US army.
Powers beat two other shortlisted writers, Scottish writer Kerry Hudson and American novelist Chad Harbach and scooped a £10,000 prize of the14th Guardian first book award
"The Yellow Birds is a powerful meditation on war and mortality. Its subject matter is ugly and harrowing, but its expression is beautiful and poetic," said the jury president and editor of the Guardian Review Lisa Allardice.
Established in 1999, Guardian First Book Award is open to all first-time authors writing in English, or translated into English including all genres.
Last year's award went to an Indian American, scientist and writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, who won for his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
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India Holds Molana Confab 

Iran Daily: An international congress on the life and literary works of the world-renowned Persian poet Molana has been held at the Aligarh Muslim University in India.
Iranian and Tajik Ambassadors to India along with Afghanistan’s cultural attaché and many Persian language professors attended the conference titled ‘Molana’s Spirituality in Modern Day’, ISNA has reported.
Persian Language Research Center of the Aligarh University in collaboration with India’s Cultural Relations Council organized the two-day international conference.
The Head of Persian Language Research Center Azarmidokht Safavi recited some poems of the poet in his speech delivered into the inauguration ceremony of the event.
Several books of the poet translated in Indian were unveiled at the ceremony as well.
Iran’s ambassador dedicated some 500 volumes of ‘Nahj Al-Balagheh’ (Peak of Eloquence) to the library of Aligarh Muslim University.
Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Balkhi, known Molana in Persian, was a 13th century Persian poet, mystic and theologian.
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Persian Play Honored In Russia 

Iran Daily: Iran’s Teetovak theater troupe has been honored at Russia’s Fourth International Theater Festival for the performance of a Shakespeare-inspired play.
Directed and designed by Ebrahim Poshtkouhi, the play titled ‘Hey Macbeth, Only the First Dog Knows Why It Is Barking’ was selected as the best performance in Moscow Nights festival.
The play that was presented at the opening day of the festival on November 23, 2012, was warmly received by the audience and critics and acclaimed in different categories, Press TV said.
The musical comedy blends the Zar ritual of Iran’s southern Bushehr Province with William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Macbeth. The ritual is performed by a group named Ahl-e hava, which is conducted by a leader called a Babazari who dances to the music played on the local percussion instrument known as dammam.
‘Hey Macbeth, Only the First Dog Knows Why It Is Barking’ made its debut at Tehran’s City Theater in August 2010.
Poshtkouhi’s stage work was also performed in several international events such as the 2011 edition of the annual Festival d’Avignon in France.
This year’s edition of Moscow Nights festival was held from November 23-30, 2012. 




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