Iran to host Tajik maestro during Nawroz E-mail



Press TV

Iran will host the renowned Tajik musician and composer Davlatmand Kholov during the Persian New Year (Nowruz) celebrations in the capital city of Tehran.

Kholov will hold concerts during Iran's 2nd International Nowruz Celebrations which he will attend along with Tajik president from March 26-28, 2011, Mehr News Agency reported.

Iran will host senior officials from the Persian-speaking states of Tajikistan and Afghanistan who will join representatives from the countries that celebrate Nowruz such as Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Albania, and Turkey.

Davlatmand Kholov is an expert in the southern folk genre of Tajik music called Falak and is best known for his works on traditional instruments of Dotar, Qeychak, and Setar.

Kholov studied music at the Conservatory of Music in Dushanbe and his works are mostly inspired by the poetry of Persian Sufi poets such as Mowlavi.


Iran first organized the International Nowruz Celebrations after the International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.


The 2010 edition of the program was also attended by officials from neighboring countries including Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.


Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.


For Iranians, Nowruz is a celebration of renewal and change, a time to visit relatives and friends, and pay respect to senior family members.


Iranians welcome the New Year by wearing new clothes and setting the Haft Seen, a table containing seven items starting with the letter 'S'; Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanu (sweet wheat paste), Senjed (jujube), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic) and Somagh (sumac).


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