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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


March 23, 2001

Not just Persian

In response to Bagher R. Harand: Mr. Kayhan Kalhor & Shujaat Husain Khan have produced a musical project called Ghazal. Mr. Kalhor appears as a guest for other projects .While he is an Iranian master of Kamanche, he most probably has refined his art of improvisations through this interpretation of Persian music in an Indian context. He is a profound artist and in my humble opinion his music is spiritual no matter from what land the melodies come from.

No one should be allowed to dictate how an artist expresses ones self. I think those who complained about the event and the fact that it wasn't "Persian" enough for them are not true patrons of Mr. Kalhor and did not do their homework.

I am not aware where there this was an Iranian event but obviously they invited Mr. Kalhor based on his musicianship and not if what he played was to the likings of some of the members of the audience.

I attended the last concert of Mr. Kalhor and Mr. Shajarian and there was a shouting incident by a patron while the band was in deep concentration just prior to the opening of the first part. Later most of the patrons ended up interrupting a part with loud claps and cheers for lack of understanding Persian classical music and the way it proceeds. People would want to start clapping and turning the event into a Cabaret if they could.

My point is that most of the time the audience does not understand the artists or their intentions nor do they respect it but they are quick to form an opinion.

Ali Derakhshan


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