Tehran, 13 December 2005 (CHN) -- Folk music can be regarded as a special attraction for foreign and particularly cultural tourists. In almost all countries, there are some cities and villages which attract a lot of tourists from all over the world who are enthusiastic about folk music and dance. But what is important in this respect is that such attractions should be somehow introduced to foreigners in advance through movies and books.
Starting from 8th of January 2006, "Iranian Maqami Music Enthusiasts", (Maqami is a traditional style of Iranian music), which is a new established organization, will screen a documentary film every Sunday from a 100 documentary collection produced by Hamid Reza Ardalan, an Iranian musician. Mohammad Reza Aslani, a movie director and critic, alongside a music expert will review and criticize them.
"These 100 films are our first works, and the organization is planning to screen other documentary films such as 'Music and Language' and 'Music and Architecture' in the future," said Aslani. He also believes that Ardalan's production about the life of Iranian musicians in different parts of the country is an important cultural phenomenon.
Ardalan who, since 1998 has started the production of a series of documentary films on the lives of Iranian musicians in different parts of the country, intends to show the effects of music on their life.
"My purpose was to take the audience inside the life of these musicians through these movies with the help of their music. In some parts of Iran, Maqami music has a close link with the musicians' religious beliefs, in other parts it has strong relations with their occupations and in some places music is being used to express a historical event," explained Ardalan.
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