IBNA- Noted novelist Mahmoud Dowlatabadi has collaborated as narrator with Iranian orchestra Pako in an album titled “The Art of Peace”.
74 musicians from 24 countries have participated in the project. The prime musicians of the first piece of the album are 32 from 19 countries and several others will recruit the orchestra as at least one musician from a country in the world will play in the project.
The Pako orchestra performance headed by Mehran Ali-Rezaei has been recorded online and has incorporated various ancient and original instruments from different civilizations. The album which is supposed to be unveiled soon will also feature narration by Dowlatabadi.
Among the objectives of the orchestra are establishing and promoting peace and friendship, as well as protesting against war and violence, director of public relations of the project said.
Born in 1940 in Sabzevar, Iran, Dowlatabadi who has an international reputation is a master of combining rural speech with the lyrical feature of Persian poetry. He is particularly gifted in portraying the social and moral difficulties of the poor specially in rustic areas where he has himself lived.
His key works such as ‘Kelidar’; ‘The Colonel’ and ‘Missing Soluch’ were translated into Norwegian, German, English, Italian and have been released in the West.
Dowlatabadi received the prestigious France's Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2014 at a ceremony attended by the French ambassador to Tehran Bruno Foucher and several Iranian scholars.
The writer has won the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature for the novel, ‘The Colonel,’ in 2013; Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from the French government in 2014; 20 Years of Fiction of the Islamic Revolution award in 1998; the Yalda Literary Prize for a lifetime of literary achievement in 2002; and he was a Man Booker Prize nominee for his novel, ‘The Colonel,’ in 2012.