Iran is planning to honor the memory of late musician and Santour virtuoso Parviz Meshkatian during a week-long event in late September.
The commemoration ceremony will be held at Tehran’s Niavaran Historical and Cultural Complex to mark the sixth anniversary of Meshkatian’s death and celebrate his 60th birthday which falls on May 15.
Music enthusiasts can take part in various expert panels and visit a photo exhibition, showcasing pictures of Meshkatian. They will also get the chance to see films and documentaries made on Meshkatian’s life and works as well as selected videos from his concerts.
Born in 1955, Parviz Meshkatian was a distinguished figure of Persian music who worked with many celebrated maestros including Mohammad-Reza Shajarian.
Meshkatian was one of the founding members of Aref and Sheyda ensembles as well as the Chavosh Artistic and Cultural Foundation.
The veteran artist held numerous international concerts in Asian and European countries including France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Meshkatian and the Aref Ensemble won the first prize of Britain’s Spirit of the Earth Festival in 1992.
The acclaimed composer also published four books on Persian music and the traditional instrument Santour.
He died at the age of 54 on September 21, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest at his Tehran home.