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Persian poet Rudaki commemorated at UN

TEHRAN, June 18 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan to the United Nations Headquarters in New York commemorated Persian poet Abu Abdullah Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki (858-941) on Wednesday.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) plans to commemorate the 1150th birth anniversary of Rudaki through holding projects with the support of Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan in 2008.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Permanent Representative of Iran to UN Mohammad Khazaee and his Afghan and Tajik counterparts Zahir Tanin and Sirodjidin Mukhridinovich Aslov made speech during the ceremony.

A number of literati also elaborated on the character of the founder of Persian classical literature and his works during the event.

In addition, an exhibition featuring artworks from the three countries opened on the sidelines of the ceremony. The show will be running for two weeks.

Born in Rudak (Panjrud), a village in Khorasan, which is now located in Tajikistan, Rudaki was the first great literary genius of the modern Persian language who composed poems in "New Persian" comprising the Perso-Arabic alphabet script.

Most of his biographers assert that he was totally blind, but the accurate knowledge of colors shown in his poems makes this very doubtful. Of the 1,300,000 verses attributed to him, there remain only 52 elegies, ghazals and quatrains.

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