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Photos: Iran's first school of puppet theater for the deaf opens in Tehran

Source: Tehran Times; photos by Abdollah Heidari, Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN -- The Art and Cultural Organization of Tehran Municipality has established the first school of puppet theater for the deaf at Shafaq Cultural Center.

Two girls work at a pavilion of a school of puppet theater for the deaf, which opened at Tehran's Shafaq Cultural Center on June 13, 2012.

The school was inaugurated during a ceremony here on Tuesday evening attended by Samineh Baghcheban, daughter of Jabbar Baghcheban, founder of the first Iranian school for the deaf in 1924, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Wednesday.

Samineh Baghcheban

"When I attend such ceremonies, I find out that my father's efforts were not useless," Samineh Baghcheban said at the ceremony.

"The sapling my father planted many years ago in support of the deaf has now grown into a big tree with the support of family members and friends of the deaf people of the society," she added.

She regarded the deaf the best actors in life and added, "The art of theater is in the hands of the deaf, since they learn to reinforce their vision from the very beginning; they actually learn to live through seeing their surroundings better."

The ceremony was brought to an end with a puppet show performance. Safaq Cultural Center is located on Asadabadi St., Yusefabad neighborhood.


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