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PHOTOS: Mass Daf Performance In Sanandaj

Report by IFILM; photos by Aryan Nasrollahi, Mehr News Agency

A thousand players of Daf musical instrument have performed together at 6th National Daf Festival in the city of Sanandaj for the first time in Iran's history. The group included thousands of men and women of various ages from Sanandaj, wearing traditional Kurdish clothes.

Daf players sang Kurdish, Persian and Arabic songs from poets of Sanandaj region, which created a great passion among the audience at the festival.

Performers from 21 Iranian provinces participated at the Rahmat Daf festival held on 14-16 September, 2016 in Kurdistan Province.

At the closing ceremony of the festival, winners were announced. Also, Professor Hamid Reza Ardalan, a distinguished expert in Kurdish music, was honored.

The earliest evidence of the Dap (Daf) dates back from Iran‘s Sassanid era. Daf is a large Persian frame drum used in popular and classical music.

Iran, a mosaic of cultures and civilizations, is home to a number of ethnic minorities such as the Kurds, Turkmen, Azaris, Arabs and Lors.

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