Category: History and Culture

Nowruz Mobarak!

Happy Spring! This past week Iranian and Central Asian communities celebrated the ancient Zoroastrian new year holiday Nowruz. Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox (March 21), and marks…

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Origins of Music

Throughout history the mysteries of the universe and secrets of the human heart have been encoded in song, storytelling, music, and dance. While the earliest musical instrument know is dated…

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Healing power of the Persian santur

I recently returned from San Luis Obispo on the central coast of California where I performed Persian dance at Cal Poly University with the Arabic Music Ensemble, directed by Dr.…

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