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Music is treated like a stepchild in Iran: musician

TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (Mehr News Agency) -- Musician and university professor Dariush Pirniakan said that insufficient attention is paid to music in Iran and it is treated like a stepchild, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Sunday.

Speaking at the 4th annual session of the Iranian Musicians' Center, he pointed out that it is a pity the youth are not familiar with their traditional musical instruments in a country with such an ancient culture.

Pirniakan, who is also a member of the center, added that no high-ranking Shia jurisprudent has said that music or showing musical instruments is forbidden.

"Music is an independent art and must be utilized independently," he said.

He criticized the bias against music compared to other arts, saying, "Unfortunately, the musicians are indifferent toward what is happening around them, and the Music Office must ask the government to explain its position toward traditional music.

Holding sessions with the participation of musicians could be a constructive step to solve the problems of music, he stated.

"The problems between singers and musicians are not to the benefit of music, and all musicians must come together to help maintain the art of music," he said.

Hushang Zarif, the chairman of the board of directors of the Iranian Musicians' Center, also agreed that the art of music is facing problems and expressed his disapproval of the high ticket prices at last month's Fajr Music Festival.

Ticket prices were too high, preventing some people from seeing their favorite programs at the festival, he said.

Pirniakan recently resigned as a member of the high council of music policy-making, saying he would not participate in any more music festivals.

He objected because he believes musicians were not properly respected at the 21st Fajr festival and the award ceremony was not held with proper decorum.

He was also incensed at the fact that the prizes included a check for a small amount of money, which could not be cashed at banks either, since one signature was missing!

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