Iranian Scholar Visits IAC
Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) Eminent Iranian Scholar Mr. Morteza Rezvanfar visited the Institute for Art and Culture, Lahore to give a talk on Ta’azyeh Theatre and Persian inscriptions found along the silk route. The religious, historical and ancient play, Ta’azyeh, depicts the Iranian culture and the scene of Karbala. It is performed everywhere in Iran, both in large theatres and in streets and squares. The play does not just depict the grief of the event but depicts the whole story in a poetic and appealing manner. The main characters are divided into two groups, the ones that are the protagonists sing poems and song and are dressed in white and green, men act as female character and some women perform in veils.
The second group are the antagonists they appear in red and black clothes they speak in an aggressive style derived from the narration of Shahnama by Firdausi. Different animals and the supernatural appear in different forms. Music plays an important role in creating the drama. Ta’azyeh has a significant impact on Iranian culture and whenever it is played people collect around it in a social exercise. He also spoke about Persian inscriptions that are found throughout this region for examples some mosques in China have Persian inscriptions and different words from the Persian language have been added to the languages of this region. Some words have been encapsulated in their original meaning in Urdu as well, however those very words have changed their meaning in Iran. From China to Europe to Africa these inscriptions have been found throughout the silk route.
Mr. Rezvanfar is the Advisor to the Minister of Culture of Iran, and is responsible for putting the unique for of theatre Ta’azyeh on the UNESCO list for Intangible Cultural Heritage. He has written several books on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Iran. He is also the Director of the National Museum of the Holy Quran, in Iran. Currently he is researching on the Persian inscriptions found in different mosques and other places in Pakistan.
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