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Iranian songwriter Bijan Taraqqi dies at 80

TEHRAN, April 25 (Mehr News Agency) -- The songwriter of "Fire Remaining from the Caravan," Bijan Taraqqi, died Saturday morning at his home. He was 80.

Taraqqi had been suffering from respiratory disease and arthritis for a long time.

Taraqqi had a heart attack last year, and had once complained about his life's situation, saying, "People still murmur my songs, but I'm no longer on their minds. No one asks me how I feel and what I'm doing."

Taraqqi was born in 1929 in Tehran to a family in which literature played a major role. His father, Mohammad Ali Taraqqi, owned a bookstore where the literary figures of the time like Shahriar, Bahar, Nima Yushij, and Rahi Moayyeri used to meet.

Among these, Shahriar had the greatest influence on the teenager Bijan, and inspired him to write his first collection of poems "The Song of Fall". Taraqqi's other poetry collections are "A Window to Garden", "Fire Remaining from the Caravan" and "Behind the Walls of Memories".

Taraqqi began his collaboration with Radio Iran in 1954, and many of the great composers of that time, among them Ruhollah Khaleqi, Parviz Yahaqi, Ali Tajvidi, and Homayun Khorram, asked him to write lyrics for their compositions.

The 22nd Tehran Book Fair will be offering a collection of Taraqqi's poetry under the title "Fire Remaining from the Caravan" and his recollections named "Behind the Walls of Memories".

His funeral procession will begin on Monday from in front of Tehran's Vahdat Hall.

Photos of the funeral

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