Bijan Taraqqi Music Award Proposed PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009 05:58

Ministry of Culture of Islamic Republic of Iran proposes a new title in the Fajr National festival of music to be called Bijan Taraqqi award following the death of this renowned Iranian musician who had a way between words and music through his lyrics and songs.

According to Mehr News Agency Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Mohammad-Hossein Imani-Khoshkhu suggested the establishment of an award for songwriters to be named after Bijan Taraqqi at Iran’s Fajr International Music Festival.

“Iranian music is deeply indebted to Taraqqi,” he said.


“He played a key role to bridge the gap between Persian literature and music. If there were not people like Taraqqi, a wide gap would remain between Iranian music and song,” he added.

Taraqqi passed away at the age of 80 on Saturday.  He was most famous for “Fire Remaining from the Caravan”, which had been performed by several singers at various times.


Taraqqi was born in 1929 in Tehran to a family in which literature played a major role. His father, Mohammad-Ali Taraqqi, owned a bookstore where the literary figures of the time like Shahriar, Bahar, Nima Yushij, and Rahi Moayyeri used to meet.


He wrote several poem collections including “The Song of Fall,” “A Window to Garden” and “Behind the Walls of Memories.”


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