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Iran's only female Shahnameh narrator to recite epic on Ferdowsi Day

TEHRAN, May 11 ((MNA)) -- Iran's only female narrator of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, Fatemeh Habibizad, is to recite part of the Iranian national epic in Kerman on Ferdowsi National Day on May 15.

Fatemeh Habibizad known as Gordafarid will give her recital at the Kerman Literature University, narrating the epic of Sohrab and Gordafarid and her student is to recite the epic of Rustam and Acvan-e Div.

She is also scheduled to give recitals at the Allameh Tabatabaii University in Tehran on the first three nights of Cultural Heritage Week, which begins on May 18.

Habibizad, who began her activities and research work in the year 2000, is a graduate of the Cultural Heritage University and currently teaches Shahnameh narration at the University of Fine Arts in Tehran.

"I was always interested in the art of narration and enjoyed watching various kinds of narrations and curtain reading. I attended the performances of Master Valiollah Torabi and I began reciting after a year," she said.

"So far, none of my students have continued the work seriously. They consider it simple at first, but later find out it is not an easy task. The only one who is eager to learn is a thirteen-year-old girl.

"Narration requires long study and hard work. It is not a simple reading. A narrator must know the Shahnameh well, must be well aware of the techniques of narration, and should do research in the various fields of fiction, myth, and epic poetry. You must really train yourself and must have a grasp of what you are narrating."

... Payvand News - 5/11/05 ... --

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