Artists rebel against Iran government
Wshington Times
17-Nov-2009 (2 comments)


Iran's greatest master of traditional music, Mohammad Reza Shajarian,
always avoided open clashes with his country's ruling hard-line

So it was a bombshell when Mr. Shajarian - so revered that his
audiences pelt him with roses - demanded that state radio and TV stop
broadcasting his music, as a protest against the government. The state
broadcaster complied.

What pushed Mr. Shajarian into action was the government's
brutal crackdown on protests over the June 12 election that Mr.
Shajarian and millions of other Iranians believe fraudulently gave a
second term to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"After what happened, I said 'no way' and threatened to file a
complaint against them if they continued to use my music," Mr.
Shajarian told the Associated Press in a telephone interview.

Iran's political turmoil has raised a culture clash as hundreds
of musicians, actors, filmmakers, poets and writers have spoken out
against the government for its suppression of dissent and arrest of
thousands. In a particular embarrassment to the government, the
filmmaker daughter of Mr. Ahmadinejad's own culture adviser sought
asylum in Germany in October, citing the crackdown at home.


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Shah Ghollam


by Shah Ghollam on

I really how bad the Arabs have done it to you as an individual that you have to constantly agonize over it. Was it the Hezbollah in 2006 or the recent goldstone that have added effects?

As for Arab culture influence, Iran has been dealing with various cultures successfully over thousands of years and yet holding on to its unique culture.

If I were you thou, I would be far more worried about Israeli situation. As people with no culture and art and being surrounded by only Arabs, Israel is far more volunerable than is Iran, specially taking into consideration the puny Jewish population of Israel compare to 70 million Iranians.

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By the way, will you guys as a group (kashani, Fred and you) ever disclose your religion to your Iranian brothers and sisters here? You are not ashamed of your religion are you?



The choice is Easy

by IranFirst on

One one side are the most educated, Students, philosophers, writers, and
Artists,... on the other side the Arab occupiers , the ugly Baseej
murderers and Pasdar Criminals who shoot Iranians in the street