Report on WAALM®'s Official Announcements by Darius KADIVAR
With a deeply rooted culture and civilization that spans over more than two millenniums, Persians as a community both inside and outside their motherland have greatly contributed to the Arts and intellectual emancipation of their contemporaries. Paradoxically the turmoil's of history and exile have also enriched an introspection on ourselves as a community and on our responsibility as Artists, Writers or Intellectuals as well as citizens of our country of adoption to play a part in a dialogue of civilizations so necessary in our tormented World. It is to respond to the growing desire of not only recognition but also encouragement of Persian Artists, Writers and people of culture Worldwide as well as that of their colleagues in their new country of adoption that The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM® took an unprecedented initiative to support, develop, and promote the dramatic and fine arts, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional journalism and media productions by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefiting the public. The Persian Golden Lioness Awards®, sometimes are referred to as Iranian Oscars because they recognizes outstanding contributions to Persian-related arts, literature, and media in a glitzy black-tie and evening gown ceremony has no other ambition than to encourage and promote men and women who through their work subscribe to the humanistic values and love of beauty so dearly cherished by our great Persian poets through the ages.
Among the other awardees from 6 different nationalities, the Golden Lioness Statuette will be conferred this year to two of our legends: Master Jahanbakhsh Pazoki in category of Music for his creative Melody in Persian Contemporary Pop and Mrs. Homa Mirafshar in category of Literature for her Lyrics of excellence.
Jahanbakhsh Pazoki was born in 1937 in
His interest in music began at the age seven and picked Flute as his first instrument. Later in his youth he selected Violin as for his professional instrument and studied music with several masters such as: Jalil Shahnaz and Taaj Esfahani.
Jahanbakhsh studied international classic music for over four years and is familiar with the most outstanding world-class composers’ masterpieces. The combination of his first hand melodies and meaningful lyrics has made him a unique figure in Persian music. Jahanbakhsh has composed and written over 1000 Contemporary Pop as well as Classic Music Scores and Lyrics and worked with remarkable vocalist artists such as Hooshmand Aghili, Mahasti, and Sattar who were all among the academy award winners of 2005.
Jahanbakhsh is married to Niloofar
Foroutan an artist in her own rights and father of two daughters, Niloofar and
Negar. After the 1979 revolution in Persia/Iran they migrated to the
(Mirafshar) began writing poetry during her high school years. She married Ali Mirafshar and adopted
his last name to become famous as Homa Mirafshar. Homa’s poems, photo, and biography were
published in daily newspapers and weekly magazines. Mother of two children : a
son Kevin and a daughter Katayoun. Under the reign of the Former Shah of
Her lyrics were sang and performed by the most famous and prominent artists of the time such as the last year award winner Sattar.
Homa Mirafshar’s many
accomplishments include three books called Gol Poonehah (Pennyroyal
Flowers) published in Persia/Iran, a more personal and touching biographical
account 3252 published in
More over Homa Mirafshar is also the lyricist of the signature song for the Persian Golden Lioness Awards®, the music of which will be composed by Master Muhammad Heidari, the award winner of 2005. The Academy’s signature song will be recorded and performed by Sattar the Classic and Contemporary Pop vocalist artist of excellence who was as well an award winner of 2005(**).
The Hosts : Prof. M. Dorbayani, PhD and Dr. Marjan Abdi, PhD
the Founders of The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM®
And Directors of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI® www.ifsi.hu
The 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards®
will be held in
Author's Notes :
(**) Sattar’s Official Website: www.sattarmusic.net
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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Columnist of the OCPC Magazine. He operates as
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