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Turkey welcomes proposal for collaboration on Iran’s “Shams of Tabriz Opera”
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ICO Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi (L) and Turkish Ambassador Umit Yardim attend a meeting in Tehran.
ICO Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi (L) and Turkish Ambassador Umit Yardim attend a meeting in Tehran.
TEHRAN -- Iran’s proposal to record “The Shams of Tabriz Opera” in Turkey has been welcomed by the Turkish ambassador to Tehran.

The proposal was discussed during a meeting between Ambassador Umit Yardim and Iran Cinema Organization (ICO) Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi in Tehran, the ICO announced on Monday.

Yardim said that his country will prepare the usual preliminaries in the near future.

The meeting was organized to discuss the ways to implement the recently-signed cultural agreements between the presidents of the two countries.

“The Shams and Rumi Opera” has been composed in five acts mostly based on Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi’s poems by world-renowned Iranian musician and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian.

A small orchestra conducted by Tjeknavorian premiered an act from the opera during the opening ceremony of the Shams Hall at the ECO Cultural Institute in Tehran on December 15, 2012.

However, it debuted at the Conference of Shams’s Encounter with Rumi in Tehran on January 24, 2013 with the Rudaki Symphonic Orchestra performing some parts of the opera.

Ayyubi also proposed that Turkey join the production of “The Drunken Peacock”, a film which will be directed by Iranian filmmaker Mojtaba Raei based on a story about Rumi’s mysticism.   

In addition, he offered his congratulations to Yardim on Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s success at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. He won Cannes Palme d’Or for his drama “Winter Sleep”.

Ayyubi, who is also the managing director of the Shams of Tabriz and Rumi Foundation, announced in June 2013 that world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has been commissioned by the foundation to direct a video of “The Shams of Tabriz Opera”.

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