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October First Designated Iran's National Music Day

Tehran, Aug 24, IRNA-Iran's Cultural Council said on Tuesday that it was going to observe October 1 as Iran's National Music Day after the birth anniversary of late Iranian musician Abu-Nasr Farabi, the daily 'Jam-e Jam' wrote Wednesday.

The National Music Day provides Iranian musicians with an opportunity to focus their attention on music as a dynamic means of communications and encourage them to have better performance, the daily quoted Spokesman for Iran's House of Music Mohammad Sarir as saying.

He noted that all scientific, cultural and art systems within the country have agreed to name the first of October as Iran's National Music Day, said the article.

On the first National Music Day, Iran's main cultural and art gallery known as 'Vahdat Hall' is to host artists and musicians across the country, said the cultural official.

Iranian musician-scholar Abu-Nasr Farabi (872-950 AD) from Farab (Khorasan) is considered as a prominent musical theorist whose writings on scale, rhythm and instrumental arrangements have been the subject of scientific musical studies.

Farabi's 'Ketab Al-Musiqi Al-Kabir' (The Great Book of Music) laid the foundations of traditional music in the Muslim world and is still regarded a great masterpiece.

In the arena of metaphysics, Farabi has been called the 'Father of Islamic Neoplatonism'.

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