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Iran Blasts 'Tar' Listing as Azerbaijani Cultural Heritage in UNESCO

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Spokesman of Iran's House of Music censured the registration of Tar musical instrument as cultural heritage for Republic of Azerbaijan in UNESCO.

Daryoosh Pirnyakan, spokesman of Iran's House of Music told MNA the decision made in the board of directors of the House on registration of tar musical instrument as a cultural heritage for the Republic of Azerbaijan in UNESCO.

He added that the board has contacted the Iran former representative in UNESCO about the issue, and that he emphasized that the present representative has filed a formal notice of objection in UNESCO.

Due to general disregard in part of Iran's representative in UNESCO, decision has been made to probe this issue in cooperation with the Public Relations Office of Organization of Cultural Heritage and necessary proceedings followed.

*'Republic of Azerbaijan' A Spurious Name

Pirnyakan gave an account of the history of Tar in Azerbaijan and added: "the registration of tar is not the last thing they falsely claimed for themselves. According to history, Azerbaijan is a misnomer, since Caucasus has been separated from Iran according to Golestan and Turkmanchai Treaties in the time of Fathalishah and Abbas Mirza. Then Albania, the present Azerbaijan was renamed 'Aran'."

Spokesman of the House also added that since the October Revolution of 1917 in Tsarist Russia, this region assumed the name 'Azerbaijan' during the Ahmad Shah reign. They have adopted the Iranian native and national culture in a gradual pace.

He rejected the Azerbaijani officials claims to register Tar musical instrument as a Turkish instrument as fake, adding that "the instrument has migrated from Iran to Azerbaijan. They have removed the crotchets and with a little change, adopted Tar as a Turkish instrument. The question is that if Tar is originally a Turkish instrument, why in playing, they use Iranian music systems and devices.

* Letter of Objection to be sent to Ministry of Culture

The spokesman of the House, who is also a Tar player, said that according to documents, this instrument originates in southern Iran. Deep into the history, Tar was named Shirazi Tar. It is not clear that how Tar has gone to a northern border and to the hand of Turks.

Iranian master musician Hossein Alizadeh

He added that the Iran's representative in UNESCO is to be blamed the most for his negligence to inform and consult the House of Music on the decision by UNESCO. House will announce its objections to Ministry of Culture in a formal letter. The least demand by Iranian musicians is the shared registration of Tar instrument as cultural heritage for Iran and Republic of Azerbaijan in UNESCO.

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