Cover of one of Delkash's greatest hits albums produced
in Los Angeles.
Delkash in London
First public performance in more than 20 years
By Baqer Moin
October 21, 1998
A pioneering Iranian actress and singer, Delkash, appeared in
London's Queen Elizabeth Hall two weeks ago as part of a European
tour which brought her back to the stage for the first time in
almost twenty years.
Women have been banned from performing in public in Iran since
the 1979 revolution. Delkash's current tour marks the first time
she has sung in public since then. Now in her mid seventies, she
is remembered for her energetic and dominant voice. (To hear Delkash
The very appearance of the diminutive, hunchbacked woman leaning
on a stick provoked a standing ovation from her nostalgic admirers.
"We have aged together," she said wryly to a packed
hall of over a thousand Iranians. Once she sat down p- she could
not perform standing-- she was in her element. Traces of a versatile
and powerful voice gradually re-emerged.
"I started singing over fifty years ego, but I am not that
old," she remarked.
Delkash comes from the Caspian town of Babol. Her distinctive
voice and acting style helped ensure the popularity of Iran's nascent
cinema in the 1940s.
Delkash sings of innocent love, of nostalgia and of her home town.
she has never been political. But her very presence in a London
concert hall, after twenty years of silence, spoke volumes to her
The electrified audience wanted more, and she obliged.
Baqer Moin is the director of the BBC Persian Service in London.