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Lyricist-Composer Jahanbakhsh Pazoki and Poetess Homa Mirafshar Join Celebration of the 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards in Budapest

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 Shiraz and is known as one of the greatest Persian Composers and Lyricists. While he was only fourteen moved to Esfahan – one of the most artistic and culturally rich cities of Persia and settled there.

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 US and resided in LA.

Homa Homayoun (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 Persia, with the encouragement of the renowned songwriter, Assadollah Malek, Homa Mirafshar enrolled into university night courses to ultimately receive a degree in literature.  In 1962, she entered the musical realm as a lyricist.


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 England, and Alaleh (Buttercup Flowers) published in the United States of America (U.S.A.).  A fourth book, which is a collection of her memories as a lyricist in Persia, is in the process of being published in the U.S.A.


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®




The 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be held in Budapest in October of 2006. Hungary and its beautiful, cultural and historical capital Budapest is not only the host city for the Awards but also one of the Award winning nations being honored and participating in all categories of our academy. WAALM ® will give full accommodation to the Awardees for their three-day stay visit that will include a tour of the city's highlights and will culminate by the Awards Ceremony. The latter will be covered by our academy's Media Partner KTV® a major broadcasting Hungarian company that will showcase the event to more than 300 000 Viewers.






Author's Notes :

(*) The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media- WAALM® is an extension and awarding body of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI® .

(**) Sattar’s Official Website:


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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Columnist of the OCPC Magazine. He operates as Paris based PR & Press for
WAALM® 2nd annual Awards 2006.

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