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Maragheh hosts conference on ashiqlar

TEHRAN, Dec. 25 (Mehr News Agency) -- The third conference on ashiqlar opened Monday in Maragheh, East Azarbaijan Province.

Ashiq (ashiqlar-plural) which means lover in Azeri language refers to a musician in Iran's Azarbaijan region. An ashiq plays a kind of stringed instrument called a "chogur".

A group of local musicians, officials and people attended the opening ceremony in which the head of the Maragheh department of Culture and Islamic Guidance Morteza Nasiri made a short speech.

He said that music holds an important position in the culture of Islam and it must free itself from the habit of imitating Western music, adding that it is an art that is able to create commitment and encourage worship amongst people.

Nasiri continued that the musician Abdolqader Maragheii, who is referred to as a musician from the world of Islam, is a great honor to Iran. The late Maragheii (died, 1434 AD) was the author of several books on scales and maqams, and Iranian musical instruments.

Fourteen groups of ashiqlar gave performances during the two-day conference.

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