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Iran, Tajikistan to celebrate poet Nasser Khosrow's Millennium

Rapporteur of the Majlis Cultural Commission Ali-Asqar Sherdoust here on Saturday announced that Iran and Tajikistan are to celebrate `Nasser Khosrow's Millennium' in their respective capitals of Tehran and Dushanbe in September, IRNA reported from Tehran.

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Nasser-Khosrow ebn-e Haress al-Qobadiani al-Balkhi al-Marvazi
is a poet and writer of the 5th century AD.
He was born in Qobadiyan, a city in Tajikistan

Sherdoust, who represents Tabriz in the parliament, told IRNA that the issue was discussed with Tajik cultural officials by Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi during his recent visit to Tajikistan.

Majlis rapporteur who accompanied Karroubi on his visit to Tajikistan, noted that at the meeting both sides agreed on Iran's contribution to the joint celebration of `Nasser Khosrow's Millennium'.

"Publishing Nasser Khosrow's written works and their analyses and dispatch of delegations of Iranian intellectuals and writers to Tajikistan are among Iran's contribution to the significant cultural event," he added.

The lawmaker noted that the millennium of the prominent Iranian poet and writer of the fifth century AD will also be celebrated in Iran by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in close cooperation with the ministries of foreign affairs and sciences, research and technology.

"Iran's Academy of Persian Language and Literature as well as Persian Language Promotion Council will also contribute to the event with the cooperation of Tajikistan," he added.

The MP said that production of a film on `Nasser Khosrow's Millennium' and cultural-artistic programs are also part of the upcoming event.

Ode to Spring
Nasser Khosrow's poem celebrating the No-Rooz, the Persian New Year

Source: No-Rooz, by Tina Namdar

"Winter flees, spring returns new youth
to this aged world. The azure pool
is filled with sparkling wine, the silver desert
set with emeralds, and the wind,
whipping the flags of February, now
in March takes on a hint of incense.
The poor naked willow now is clothed
in fine grey silk and ear-rings. The meadow
has washed its face, the flowers' eyes
have opened, earth has regained awareness,
for the Morning Breeze has breathed upon it
the Messiah's revivifying incantations.
The garden grows fresh as the sky;
the narcissus sparkles like the Pleiades.
The clouds - are they not Joseph's miracle?
for the desert has grown fair as the face
of Potifar's wife. Tulips blush
like so many young girls, the narcissus
stares about like a frenzied lover."

... Payvand News - 3/15/03 ... --

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