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Photos: Tehran's Saba Music Museum reopens

TEHRAN, Aug. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- Doors to Tehran's Saba Music Museum opened to the public on Monday for the first time since 2002. The museum has been closed all these years for renovation.

Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Mohammad-Hossein Imani-Khoshkhu, as well as a group of musicians, and members of the managing board of the House of Music including musicians Davud Ganjeii, Mostafa-Kamal Purtorab attended the opening ceremony.

The museum is located in the home where master musician Abolhassan Saba (1902-1957) lived and died. It houses a large collection of music instruments owned by Saba and a selection of donated instruments, letters handwritten by Saba, photos, personal items and a collection of dolls clad in Persian tribal costumes.

Saba museum curator Hamidreza Shababi made the opening speech and gave a short report and said, "The museum is the same old home of the master that was once opened in 1974 by Master Ali-Akbar Shahnazi. The place is small but houses a history of Iran's music."

Musician Milad Kiaii was next to speak about Saba's character and his influence on Iran's music and said, "I met Saba when I was 8 here in this place. My brother was his student learning santur. Saba was not only a great musician but also a great teacher who educated great musicians like Homayun Khorram, Ali Tajviid and Faramarz Payvar.

"All the pieces created by Saba enjoy Persian feelings and characteristics. For example, he was once teaching in Gilan where he heard the melody of a ney (reed flute) played by a shepherd. He later made it into music producing the famous hit of Deilaman," Kiaii remarked.

Imani-Khoshkhu also expressed his happiness that they finally succeeded after all these years, adding, "We have done our best to protect the history and culture of this land and we hope that music will receive more attention in the coming years."

Saba was a student of Mirza Abdollah and Darvish Khan. He studied several Iranian and non-Iranian musical instruments and became a master in radif (The total collection of more than 200 gushehs, traditional melodic motifs, in all 12 dastgahs is known as the radif.) He selected violin and setar as his specific instruments.

The Saba Music Museum is located on Zahiroleslam St, Baharestan neighborhood.

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