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Ali-Naqi Vaziri
علینقی وزيری

Background information
Birth name Ali Naqi Vaziri
Also known as Colonel
Born September , 1887(1887-09-00)
Tehran, Iran
Died September 9, 1979 (aged 91)
Tehran, Iran
Genres Classical
Occupations player of the tar
Years active 1925–1979

Ali-Naqi Vaziri (1887, Tehran, Iran – September 9, 1979) was a musicologist, composer, a celebrated player of the tar, and the founder of the Academy of Music of Iran as well of Iran's National Orchestra.

Ali-Naqi Vasiri (better known as Colonel Ali-Naqi Vasiri) is one of the seven children of Musa Khan Vaziri (a prominent official in the Persian Cossack Brigade) and Bibi Khatoon Astarabadi, a notable Iranian writer, satirist and one of the pioneering figures in the women's movement of Iran; her book Ma'ayeb al-Rejal (Failings of Men, also translated as Vices of Men) is considered by some as the first declaration of women's rights in the modern history of Iran. The celebrated artistic painter Hasan Vaziri is Ali-Naqi's brother.

Ali-Naqi Vaziri was a master of Iran's classical music so that he was able to play the tar in a style very reminiscent of that of Mirza Abdollah. He always looked for new dimensions and perspectives in musical expression, and by doing so he revolutionized the style of playing the tar. He was the first to transcribe the classical radif of the Persian music.


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External links

  • Ali-Naqi Vaziri (In English), Rouhollah Khaleghi Artistic Center / Kanun-e Honari-e Rouhollah Khaleghi ([1]).


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