January 2, 2002
Houshmand Aghili was born in 1937 in Isfahan. His father recognized
his vocal talents early on and encouraged him to pursue an education
in the arts. At the age of 13 Aghili attended vocal lessons, under
the supervision of master musician Taj Esfahani.
Soon Aghili was invited to perform at "Radio Isfahan" and
participated in various musical programs. He was chosen as one
of two minr vocalists for the Isfahan Student's Orchestra and also
performed at various university-sponsored events.
Aghili received a BA in literature from Isfahan University and
a second degree in journalism in Tehran. But his love for music
propelled him to continue his musical education through private
classes with master musicians Mahmoud Karimi and Ismail Khan Mehrtaash.
At the inauguration of the Iranian National Television, Aghili
was invited to perform with the prestigious National Orchestra.
This allowed him to work closely with many other gifted composers
of the time, including Morteza Hanaaneh and Ghavami.
Aghili earned a UNESCO scholarship to visit the U.K. and upon
return, he decided to join the Fanoos organization which included
the most prominent artists and vocalists of the time, including
the grand dame of Persian classical music, Delkash.
Soon afterwards Aghili began working closely with his childhood
friend, Jahanbakhsh Pazookie, and started composing songs that
were highly popular. These included "Ey Khodaa," "Shene
Daagh" (Daryaa), "Fardaa To Meeaaee" and "Cheraaghe
In 1977, shortly before the tumultuous and uncertain years ahead,
Aghili moved to the United States where he still resides today.
Selections from Aghili's greatest hits:
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