TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran's 22nd Fajr International Music Festival opened on Saturday simultaneously here and Chabahar, an Iranian city and a free trade zone on the coast of the Gulf of Oman.
Over 1,200 artists are participating in Muslim Nations' Music, International, Folk Music, Classic Music, Youth, and Women sections of the event which runs until Jan. 8, 2007.
The opening gala was warmed up by different groups, including the choir of Iran's Music Office, Delnavazi band, Parsian Orchestra, a string quartet as well as a Pakistani Qawwali group.
Qawwali is a Sufi Muslim devotional music characterized by simple melodies, forceful rhythms, and wild improvisations that encourage a state of euphoria in the listener.
Santir player Majid Kiani and a traditional band from Bahman Cultural Center also contributed to the ceremony where Iranian scholar Fatemeh-Homa Sadat-Afsari delivered a speech on the original music therapy in Greece.
Tehran performances are scheduled to be held in Iranian Artists Forum as well as 10 halls.
The International Section is playing host to Pakistani, Azerbaijani, Tajik, Turkish, and Lebanese groups at Vahdat Hall.
A group of Iranian children representing the country is also scheduled to have its share of contribution to the festival.
Iran's Children band led by Sudabeh Salem will perform several pieces in various dialects on Monday at the Vahdat Hall.
Luminaries of Iranian folk music are also slated to perform in five consecutive nights as of Monday at the Rudaki Hall.
The festival also features the first international conference centered on the manifestations of Prophet Muhammad's (S) characteristics in the music of various Muslim nations.
The conference is underway in Chabahar Faculty of Navigation and Marine Sciences and runs until Jan. 7, 2007.
(Photos by Azin Zanjani)
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