Derakhshandeh preparing for Parvin Etesami biopic

TEHRAN, July 7 (MNA) -- Director Puran Derakhshandeh is preparing to highlight contemporary Iranian poetess Parvin Etesami in a TV series entitled “Little Lady”.

The serial will be made in 13 episodes based on a novel by the same name authored by Solheila Alavizadeh, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Sunday.


Alavizadeh has also been commissioned to write the screenplay for the project, which is being produced by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).


In 2005, IRIB announced that it was producing a movie depicting the last ten days of the life of Parvin Etesami (1907-1940). 


Anna (Anahita) Nemati starred as Parvin in the film directed by Morteza Ahmadi Harandi, but it was never screened.


Parvin, literary star


Parvin Etesami (1907-1940) was born in Tabriz. Her father was Mirza Yusef Etesami (Etesamolmolk) and she had three brothers.


She moved from Tabriz to Tehran with her family in 1912, and made some limited trips within Iran as well as to foreign countries with her family.


She went to primary school in Tehran. She learned Arabic and Persian literature from her father and began attending literary meetings at the age of six. Her books were her toys.


Etesami composed her first poem in the classical style when she was eight years old. She received her high school diploma from the American Girls’ School of Tehran and also taught at the school for two years.


She later worked as a librarian at the University of Tehran and turned down an invitation to the royal court.


Her first collection of poems was published in 1935 and she received the 3rd Degree Medal of Art and Culture in 1936.


Her poems focus on themes of social awareness and the human aspect of life with simple yet insightful allegorical elements. There are no signs of romanticism or feminism in her works, although she lived in the period when Iran was beginning to modernize.


Etesami married in 1934 but got divorced two months later. She died of typhoid fever in Tehran in 1940 and was buried next to her father in Qom.


Here are the verses of her poem, which grace her tombstone:


Beneath this soil which verdure refuse,

Lies Parvin, literary star and muse.

She who, while suffering the bitterness of times,

Composed charming, sugar-laden rhymes.

(Translated into English by Iraj Bashiri)





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