Iran hosts webinar on Persian poet Ferdowsi in Lahore

TEHRAN – The Iranian Cultural Center in Lahore, Pakistan, plans to host the webinar “The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi and the Secret of the Eternity of the Persian Language” on Sunday.

The webinar, which will begin at 11 a.m., will take place one day after the national celebration of Ferdowsi Day in Iran.

Experts on Ferdowsi from Iran, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, England, Uzbekistan and Pakistan will share the latest studies during the online symposium.

Nimet Yildirim from Ataturk University in Turkey, Elham Haddadi from the Sadi Foundation in Iran, Muhammad Nasir from the University of Punjab in Pakistan and Jaimee Comstock-Skipp from Leiden University in the Netherlands are among the researchers.

In addition, Abbas Behmanesh from Iran is expected to enrich the virtual meeting with a naqqali, a dramatic style of storytelling dedicated to the stories of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh and other Persian epic stories.

The Iranian celebrates Ferdowsi, the composer of the Persian epic masterpiece Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), on a special day that falls on May 15 this year.

A verse from Shahnameh reading “I worked for much more than thirty years, By the Persian language I remade Iran”, which refers to the fact that Ferdowsi spent 30 years writing the Shahnameh over A millenium.

The House of Iranian Book and Literature in Tehran also held two virtual meetings on Saturday to observe Ferdowsi Day.

The themes “Importance of the expansion of Persian literature and language in the modern world” and “Long life of the Persian language from Antiquity to the present day” were discussed during the meetings.

Many films and artistic productions have been made based on stories from the Shahnameh.

Young director Ashkan Rahgozar’s 2019 animated film “The Last Fiction” is one of the latest Shahnameh-inspired artistic productions.

This is the treacherous rise of Zahak to the throne of Jamshid in Persia. The naive young hero Afaridoun wants to save the kingdom and its people from darkness. But first he must defeat his own demons in this portrayal of Persian mythology that reveals human nature.

Photo: Tomb of Ferdowsi, Tus.


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