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12/29/03

Iran's sports community starts Golrizan to raise fund for quake victims

Golrizan ceremony sponsored by the sports community started in Tehran on Monday afternoon to raise fund for the quake-stricken people of Bam in the southeastern Kerman province, IRNA reported.


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Tofiq Jahanbakht Hall, south of Shahid Shiroudi Sports Complex, is the venue where scores of sportsmen, coaches, artists, and officials have gathered to donate and collect the benevolent people's aid for the victims of the killer earthquake.


photo: ISNA

President of Iranian Wrestling Federation, Mohammad-Reza Taleqani, who is among the main organizers of the ceremony said huge money has been donated before the ceremony commences.


photo: ISNA

A strong quake, 6.3 degrees on the Richter scale, rocked Bam before dawn (0158 GMT) Friday, flattening about 70 per cent of the mostly mud-brick buildings in the ancient Silk Road city, around 1,000 km (600 miles) southeast of the capital, Tehran. Over 20,000 were reported dead and cemeteries have overflowed with corpses.

Iran's National Orchestra to perform in interest of quake victims
Tehran, Dec 29, IRNA -- Iran's National Orchestra conducted by Farhad Fakhreddini will perform 13 musical pieces at Vahdat Hall in the interest of the Friday Bam quake victims on January 1-3.

Fakhreddini told IRNA here on Monday that the pieces have earlier been played in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Ardebil in East Azarbaijan province.

He added that Ali-Reza Qorbani will perform a few tunes from Khorasan province, Fazel Jamshidi will sing two Azari songs and Rashid Vatandoust will play two Azari melodies.

The conductor pointed to the limited capacity of Vahdat Hall, which is hardly suitable for the 12 million population of the capital city of Tehran, as one of the constant problems faced by the orchestra.

He noted that Iran's National Orchestra has performed 110 concerts ever since it was established.

Meanwhile, the melodious sound of another renowned Iranian singer, Iraj Bastami form the quake-stricken city of Bam will no more be heard by music lovers, given that he together with thousands of his fellow citizens fell victim to the catastrophic earthquake which ruthlessly shook the city to show the nature's wrath.

Born in Bam in 1957, he first started singing when he was seven years old. He was encouraged to continue singing by his uncle who had noticed how gifted was his nephew and became his first teacher.

Once his uncle passed away, Bastami left his hometown for Tehran, where he was trained by master Momammad-Reza Shajarian. He also learned part of the Iranian music from another Iranian musician, Parviz Meshkat. Finally he chose to benefit from the celebrated musician Gholam-Hossein Banan.

He had performed many concerts both in Iran and overseas including European countries.

Iranian lifters, wrestlers to raise fund in Kish
Tehran, Dec 29, IRNA -- Iranian Weightlifting Federation President Ali Moradi Sunday said a number of national lifters and wrestlers will travel to Kish Island, southern Hormuzgan province, to raise fund for quake victims of Bam, southeast of Kerman province.

He told IRNA world weightlifting champions Hossein Rezazadeh and Mohammad-Ali Falahati-Nejad as well as world wrestling favorites Alireza Dabir and Alireza Heidari are among the athletes, who will go to the island for the charitable act.

Moradi said the sportsmen have been scheduled to stay on Kish Island on January 4-5.

The Weightlifting Federation supremo added Physical Education Organization and National Olympic Committee are organizing the trip.

Iranian chess masters to raise fund for Bam quake victims
Tehran, Dec 29, IRNA -- Iranian Chess Federation Monday announced that the masters will participate in a fund-raising semi-rapid event in favor of the victims of Friday's quake in Bam, southeast of Kerman province.

The chess greats, among them grand master Ehsan Qaem-Maqami, veteran Khosro Harandi, and Morteza Mahjoub, will start their charitable challenge in the federation on Thursday noon.

Endowment Organization donates $1.2m to quake victims
Tehran, Dec 29, IRNA -- Iran's Endowment and Charity Affairs Organization donated one billion rials (1.2 million dollars) and 2,000 blankets to the quake-stricken Bam in the southeastern Kerman Province.

The organization's public relations manager said all the endowment departments in the country took order to garner cash and non-cash aid of the benevolent people in 300 holy shrines and centers.

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