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2100 Ancient Books Transferred to Iran from Netherlands

A collection containing 2000 lithography and 100 manuscript books was transferred to Iran from The Netherlands.

Tehran, 31 May 2006 (CHN) -- A collection of ancient books including 2000 lithography books and 100 manuscripts brought from private collection owners has been transferred to Iran from the Netherlands after four months of negotiations between the experts of Iran's National Library and the owners of the collection. Categorizing this collection has been started by experts of the National Library, where the books will be kept in.

"Three Iranian collection owners residing abroad collected numerous precious manuscripts from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Central Asia for 12 years and since one of these three people leaves in the Netherlands, the entire collection was sent to him by the other two to be kept in a single place. Last year they proposed to Iran's National Library to submit this collection to this center so that it may be kept inside Iran," said Habibollah Azimi, director of handwritten and rare manuscripts of National Library of Iran.

According to Azimi, by the effort made by Iran's National Library after a few months' negations with the owners of the collection, the books were bought by the National Library for some 100,000 US dollars. "The suggested price made by the owners of the collection was five times more than this; however, due to the nationalistic feelings of the owners of the collection, they agreed to sell them for a lower price so that they may be kept in their home country," explained Azimi.

He has announced that he is currently making plans for the festival, and expressed hope that he would be able to hold it at Persepolis.

"I must find several sponsors for the festival to cover the costs. I am also thinking of performing with one of the orchestras from Vienna, Russia, or Armenia, or even several."

He went on to say that the Tehran Symphony Orchestra is not in a good situation, adding, "If sufficient funding is provided for the orchestra and it can repair its instruments and purchase some new ones, I will perform several pieces with this orchestra as well."

"I am currently doing my best to get the higher education license for my Academy of Music. If the license is obtained, the Tjeknavorian Cultural Center will be launched in autumn," he noted.

Loris Tjeknavorian was born in 1937 in Borujerd in the southwestern Iranian province of Lorestan and was educated in Tehran.

After he studied violin and piano at the Tehran Conservatory of Music, he studied composition at the Vienna Music Academy, where he graduated with honors in 1961.

Tjeknavorian has performed throughout the world, having conducted international orchestras in Austria, Britain, the United States, Canada, Hungary, Iran, Finland, the former Soviet Union, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Denmark.

His own compositions have been performed by major orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the London Percussion Virtuosi, the Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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