Shoorangiz Ensemble, June 2010
At the end of June 2010, shortly after my move to the San Francisco Bay Area, I had the opportunity to attend a Persian classical music concert by the local group Meehan Ensemble. I was up for a very pleasant surprise — a beautifully arranged performance with all original compositions. […]

Meehan Ensemble: Fresh sounds in the Bay Area Persian music ...

Golshifteh Farahani 1
The beautiful and capable Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani, has appeared in movies such as Santoori (2007, in Persian) and “Body of Lies” (2008, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio), following which the cleric-run Iranian government banned her from travel outside of Iran. Once she got out, she never returned and currently lives in […]

Golshifteh Farahani & her song Sokoot

M. A. Taraghija
Award-winning Iranian painter, Mohammad Ali Taraghijah, passed away in Tehran on August 12, 2010 at the age of 67 from a heart attack. He was born in 1943. Though he studied mechanical engineering, Mr. Taraghijah found his real passion in painting and became one of the prominent artists in the […]

Famed Iranian painter, M.A. Taraghijah passed away

More than a year has passed from the uprising in Iran that followed the presidential election in June 2009. People of Iran felt outraged and cheated with the seemingly rigged election result. So they took to the streets and demanded a vote recount and more rights and freedom in protest. […]

A brief look at the Green movement

Last week I heard of an interesting new video music that emerged from Canada. The famous Pink Floyd song, “Another Brick in the Wall“, written by the great Roger Waters in 1979, now reworked and covered by Blurred Vision, a band of two young Iranian brothers, Sepp and Solh in […]

An old Pink Floyd song covered green for Iran

Image via Wikipedia A friend sent me a link to Mazda (the automotive company) website today where it talks about the origin of its name. I thought it is noteworthy to write about and share. I quote the relevant section on its name verbatim: “The origin and meaning of “Mazda” […]

Where did Mazda get its name from?

Image via Wikipedia As you might’ve heard, back in June US authorities announced that they had identified vast deposits of precious metals and minerals such as iron, copper, cobalt and gold, worth about a $1 trillion in Afghanistan! Since this didn’t directly relate to Iran, I covered it in an […]

US strikes gold in Afghanistan — literally!

Shajarian with Shahnaz Ensemble, LA, May 2010 1
Shajarian & Persian traditional music The legendary Iranian vocalist and composer, ostad (maestro) Mohammad Reza Shajarian has been a prominent name in the Persian traditional music scene since early 1960s. He is widely acknowledged as one of the best and most popular among Iranians. He has also received international awards […]

Shajarian, with new sounds & a touch of green

Mossadegh, circa 1965 3
In light of the screening of Shirin Neshat’s new film, “Women Without Men” that deals with the 1953 US staged coup in Iran and the lives of a few women at the time, I thought it is appropriate to write this note in memory of our great past national hero, […]

Mohammad Mossadegh and the 1953 Coup in Iran

Image via Wikipedia During my undergraduate years in the late 1980s I had the opportunity to participate in a few interesting research programs in math, logic and┬ácomputer science. I spent two summers in Northern Michigan University in Marquette, under a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored research program, and an academic […]

Dr. Lotfi Zadeh, the father of Fuzzy Logic