Shajarian asks IRIB to stop airing his works

June 18, 2009

TEHRAN -- Once again, living legend of Iranian traditional music Mohammmadreza Shajarian objected on Tuesday to the airing of his works on Iranian state TV and radio.

His objection was made by means of a letter sent to Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Managing Director Ezzatollah Zarghami.
A number of Shajarian’s epic songs were frequently being aired on TV and radio during the programs promoting the presidential election before voting on Friday.
Since then, IRIB has made extensive use of his songs in the programs celebrating Mahmoud Ahamadinejand’s win in the presidential election.
“As you know, IRIB repeatedly airs my epic songs particularly ‘O Iran, O House of Hope.’ Your Excellency knows that this song and my other works you use have been performed for the ambience of Iran in 1979 and 1980, and there is no connection between the songs and the present situation,” he said.
“In 1995, I expressed my dissatisfaction with the airing of my works on IRIB. Once again, I repeat my appeal and stress that IRIB had no role in producing these works, thus, according to Sharia and law, it is obligatory that IRIB stop broadcasting my songs and other works immediately,” he added.