TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (Mehr News Agency) -- The book "These Two Words" by prominent artist Aidin Aghdashlu was introduced in a ceremony held on the occasion of his 68th birthday at the Iranian Artists Forum on Wednesday.
Prominent figures including directors Bahram Beizaii and Abbas Kiarostami, master of calligraphy Mohammad Ehsaii, poet Ahmadreza Ahmadi and artist Habibollah Sadeqi were among the participants.
Ahmadi was the first of the opening speakers and talked about Aghdashlu, saying, "I was glad to have been invited to the birthday celebration of my old friend. He writes Persian prose in a magnificent but simple style. He is a painter and a skilled expert who enjoys transferring all his knowledge to his students.
"All these years, I have always worried about two pairs of hands, the hands of pianist Ardeshir Rohani and the hands of Aidin Aghdashlu. Among Aidin's outstanding traits are that he praises Iranian and Islamic arts at the same time, that is to say, he respects the two most important eras in our history."
Beizaii was the next to speak and said, "Aidin was born during the World War II. He experienced a hard life and withstood the destruction that began with his father's death. He safeguarded himself and his family because he wanted to have a future. He able to use his experiences into his works and give future generations that which they needed to see and hear.
"He took responsibilities upon himself that deprived him of all life's pleasures and opportunities during his childhood and adulthood. But his motivation, initiated by destruction, lead to creativity," Beizaii continued.
Ehsaii also went on to say, "I have lived with this friend of mine over 50 years, both in Iran and abroad. We have watched films and talked about art and paintings. I have read all his writings and have seen all his works. He is very knowledgeable. He is a critic, a historian, an archaeologist and a great artist.
"He loves his country and art. He knows a lot about the art of his country. And whenever I want to know something, I simply go to him," he remarked.
Aghdashlu briefly appeared on stage to express his appreciation in only a few words and then abruptly left the stage to be with his old friends, leaving behind the surprised audience.
Babak Ahmadi and Abbas Kiarostami
The participants later saw his three paintings and several of his other books including "Years of Fire and Snow," "Of Joys and Yearning," "Of Matters Private and Public" and "Heavenly and Earthly".
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