By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL
"The only reason why this work is not being aired is that Shajarian thought
about his people and spoke in their defense," Zaman says. "Shajarian's big sin
is that he criticized, and it seems that criticizing the establishment is an
The website Khabaronline says the decision not to air Shajarian's "Rabbana" erases 30 years of a nation's memory and its people's perceptions of the "spiritual" moments of Ramadan's iftar. According to the website, Shajarian's "Rabbana" is an inseparable part of Ramadan.
However, conservative politician Hamid Reza Taraghi says the airing of Shajarian's voice on state television is a demand being made by Iran's enemies.
"The broadcast of Shajarian's voice on state television cannot be defended since he has separated his path from the path of the nation," Taraghi says, while adding Shajarian is close to the "sedition," a term Iranian officials use to describe the Green Movement.
Shajarian has expressed his support for the opposition movement and criticized Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. Following the postelection crackdown in June 2009, Shajarian called on state television to stop broadcasting his music.
"The president said people who protested against him are dirt and dust," Shajarian said in a recent interview. "I said that my voice [belongs] to the dirt and dust, and that I wouldn't allow state television to air my voice."
Shajarian had reportedly only allowed "Rabbana" to be broadcast during Ramadan.
Shajarian -- considered to be a master of Iranian traditional classical music -- is loved not only because of his music but because of his outspokenness.
WATCH: A video of Shajarian's Zaban-e Atash":
In a song released last year titled "Zaban-e Atash" ("The Language of Fire"),
based on a poem by the late poet Fereydoun Moshiri, Shajarian appears to condemn
the violence by pro-government forces against Iranian citizens who took to the
streets to protest what they considered to be Ahmadinejad's fraudulent
"Lay down your gun," he sings. "The gun in your hand speaks the language of fire and iron."
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