Maestros commemorate santur virtuoso Meshkatian

TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (MNA) -- The name and memoirs of deceased santur virtuoso Parviz Meshkatian were commemorated on the first anniversary of his passing away at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Saturday evening.

Meshkatian died of heart failure at his home in Tehran on September 21, 2009. He was 54 years old. Meshkatian was the leader of the Aref Ensemble, which did its last concert tour of Iran in November 2007.

Vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian, poet Mohammadreza Shafiei Kadkani, and director of the Music Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Torabi were among the attendees.

The ceremony began with recitation of poetry composed by Shafiei Kadkani in memory of Meshkatian.

Managing director of Iran’s House of Music Mohammad Sarir began his speech on the characteristics of Meshkatian and his santur playing.

“He was such a knowledgeable musician. His insights and perspectives in the art of Iranian music gave a new life to our nation’s music and I am certain the history of music will preserve his position forever.

“Meshkatian pushed young musicians toward this type of music after a period of inactivity. He was a unique individual who encouraged the House of Music to dedicate a special award for the best young santur player at future celebration events at the house,” he said.

Musician Mohammadreza Darvishi, a close friend of Meshkatian was next to talk about the master. “it is still hard to believe he is gone. The sound of his santur is still reverberating in our ears.

“The first round of his life was until the age 18 when he learned different instruments with his father Hassan. In 1974, Parviz and I entered the University of Tehran where he met Dariush Safvat, musician and director of the Center for Preservation and Dissemination of Iranian Music.

“When he entered this center, several small bands and groups were established. After that, he formed Aref Ensemble and later met master singer Mohammadreza Shajarian.

“Parviz was one of the few musicians who was quite familiar with classical Persian poetry. He entered the world of music early, quickly became famous and left us early. I believe he paid his debt to the culture and music of this country,” he remarked.

The ceremony continued with several live music performances and short music videos on the master.

Pieces by the master were performed by Siamak Aqaii, the son of master Aiin Meshkatian and vocalist Homayun Shajarian.

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