News ID: 251502
Published: 0205 GMT April 16, 2019

Streets in Tehran to name after contemporary artists

Streets in Tehran to name after contemporary artists

To pay homage to Iranian contemporary artists, stretches of Tehran’s streets will be renamed as ‘Mohammadreza Shajarian’, ‘Ali Nassirian’, ‘Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz’, ‘Gholamhossein Amirkhani’, ‘Davoud Rashidi’ and ‘Ezzatollah Entezami’.

The proposal was approved by members of the Tehran City Council (TCC) at the 136th meeting of the organization held on Tuesday, IRNA wrote.

Tehran’s Falamk Street will be named after the senior Shajarian and Sepand Street will bear the name of late Iranian actor Entezami. Davoud Rashidi’s name will also appear on Ma’aref Street.

Niloofar Street, 24 Metri Street and Kokab Street will be renamed as Ali Nassirian, Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz and Gholamhossein Amirkhani, respectively.

A total number of 17 city councilors of the council also agreed to rename Dezashib Street to Simin Daneshvar and the 12th Alley in northern Zarafshan District to Ali Mo’allem Street.

One of the city council members Mahmoud Mir-Lohi said that it is a good idea to rename some places after artists while they are living and not after their loss.

Shajarian (born in 1940), became famous in the early 1960s for his distinct style of singing the Persian classical music.

The 78-year-old artist, also described as Iran's greatest living maestro of Persian classical music, was awarded with the Picasso Award in 1999 by UNESCO in France. Also in 2006, he was given the UNESCO Mozart Medal.

Prominent Iranian actor Ali Nassirian (born in 1924) is one of the few Iranian actors whose age has failed to prevent him from working, and he is still at the pinnacle of his cinematic and dramatic career.

The 82-year-old actor, accompanied by some other cineastes in the 1960s, was instrumental in creating Iranian New Wave cinema.

Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz (born in 1930) is one of the most experienced and prominent actors of Iranian cinema and theater actor who started stage acting in 1960 and began film acting with ‘Night of Hunchback’ (1964, Farrokh Ghaffari).

Gholamhossein Amirkhani is a Persian calligrapher (born in 1939). In 2014, he held his first solo exhibition in 15 years, showing his latest works in Tehran's Sareban Gallery.

The iconic figure of Iranian cinema Davoud Rashidi (born in 1933 and died in 2016) was a recipient of the first class Order of Culture and Art.

Ezzatollah Entezami (born in 1924 and died in 2018), one of the most prominent actors of the Iranian cinema and theater started his theater career in his 20s and later moved to Hanover, Germany, to study theater and cinema in a boarding school. After graduation in 1958, he returned to his homeland and appeared in over 50 feature films, a number of TV series, and dozens of plays.

Simin Daneshvar (born in 1921 and died in 2012) was an Iranian academic, novelist, fiction writer and translator, largely regarded as the first major Iranian woman novelist. Daneshvar had a number of firsts to her credit. In 1948, her collection of Persian short stories was the first by an Iranian woman to be published. The first novel by an Iranian woman was her ‘Savushun’ (‘Mourners of Siyavash’, also known as A Persian Requiem, 1966), which went on to become a bestseller.

Ali Mo’allem (born in 1962 and died in 2017) was Iranian author, publisher, producer, director, actor and television presenter.



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