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Leila Kasra
لیلا کسری

Background information
Birth name Leila Kasra
Also known as Hadieh, Hedieh, Hediyeh, Hadyeh (هدیه)
Born March 28, 1939(1939-03-28)
Tehran, Iran
Died March 21, 1989 (aged 49)
Los Angeles, U.S.A
Occupations Poet, Lyricist
Years active 1969–1989
Associated acts Hayedeh, Ebi, Dariush, Sattar, Vigen, Mahasti, Andy, Homeyra, Hassan Shamaizadeh, Siavash Shams, Shohreh Solati, Nooshafarin
Website Official Site

Leila Kasra (Persian: لیلا کسری) also known as Hadieh or Hedieh (Persian: هدیه), (March 28, 1939 – March 21, 1989) was a legendary Persian poet, writer and lyricist who wrote many hits for many famous Persian artists like Ebi, Dariush, Sattar, Vigen, Moein, Mahasti, Andy, Homeyra, Hassan Shamaizadeh, Siavash Shams, Shohreh, Shahram Solati, Nooshafarin, Habib, Shahrokh, Morteza, Farzin, Golpa, Iraj, Kouros, and most of Hayedeh's songs, who was her best friend.



Leila Kasra was born on March 27, 1939 in Tehran. After graduating from high school in Tehran, Kasra moved to England to continue her education where she got a bachelors degree in English Literature from King's College London. When she returned to Iran she was hired in the Iran Petrochemical Commercial Company but she left the job to pursue a career in poetry. In 1956 she wrote columns for the magazines: "Omide Iran", "Roshanfekr", "Etelate Banouan". In 1959 her first poem was published in "Etelate Banouan". In 1969 Kasra published two poetry books. One of her books co won the Television poetry contest and she shared the award with Manouchehr Atashi. In 1975 after Fereydoun Khoshnoud's request Kasra started writing songs and became a lyricist for artists like Elaheh and Hayedeh. The first song she wrote was "Doayeh Sahar" sung by Hayedeh. Before the revolution she wrote famous memorable songs for artist like Hayedeh, Nooshafarin, Elaheh, Ebi, Sattar, Mahasti, Golpa and Nasrin. In 1978 Kasra was diagnosed with breast cancer after giving birth to her third son. Like many Persian artists Kasra moved to the United States after the Iranian Revolution. After the revolution Kasra chose to write songs under the name "Hadieh". She wrote countless memorable songs for artists she had worked with before the revolution and for new artists like Andy & Kouros, Shohreh, Siavash and many more. During the years she was in the US she constantly battled with breast cancer to the point that even after numerous surgeries the cancer had spread to all her body causing her to use a wheelchair. On May 16, 1989 after an eleven year long battle with breast cancer, and seventeen surgeries Leila Kasra died in Century City Hospital in Los Angeles. Kasra was married and had three sons. Her two last songs, "Ghesseyeh Man" and "Ghalbam Gerefteh" in which she describes her suffering from cancer, were sung by Hayedeh who also died a few months after Kasra. Some of the songs she had written were used in the soundtrack of the 2003 motion picture House of Sand and Fog. In 2009 the song "Kolbeh" written by Kasra was re-sung by Ebi, this time with and Kamran and Hooman.

Some of the Songs Written by Leila Kasra (Hadieh)

  • "Asireh Tou" by Hayedeh
  • "Ashiouneh" by Hayedeh
  • "Baadeh Foroush" by Hayedeh
  • "Dastayeh Tou" by Hayedeh
  • "Dele Divooneh" by Hayedeh
  • "Doayeh Sahar" by Hayedeh
  • "Eshareh" by Hayedeh
  • "Ey Khoda" by Hayedeh
  • "Ey Zendegi Salam" by Hayedeh
  • "Ghalbam Gereft" by Hayedeh
  • "Ghesseyeh Man" by Hayedeh
  • "Jadoo" by Hayedeh
  • "Kharabati" by Hayedeh
  • "Man Mikham Be Khouneyeh Khoda Beram" by Hayedeh
  • "Nameh" by Hayedeh
  • "Nargeseh Shiraz" by Hayedeh
  • "Parishoon" by Hayedeh
  • "Saghi" by Hayedeh
  • "Saghareh Hasti" by Hayedeh
  • "Sayeh Eshgh" by Hayedeh
  • "Shabeh Meykhooneh" by Hayedeh
  • "Shabeh Eshgh" by Hayedeh
  • "Shabeh Eyd" by Hayedeh
  • "Shourideh Sar" by Hayedeh
  • "Siah Cheshmoon" by Hayedeh
  • "Sogand" by Hayedeh
  • "Ravi" by Hayedeh
  • "Tarikheh Eshgh" by Hayedeh
  • "Tou Keh Nisti" by Hayedeh
  • "Vay Beh Halesh" by Hayedeh
  • "Vasat Mimiram" by Hayedeh
  • "Ya Rab" by Hayedeh
  • "Zamouneh" by Hayedeh
  • "Zendegi" by Hayedeh
  • "Atreh Bahar" by Mahasti
  • "Asir" by Mahasti
  • "Ba Tou Ashegh" by Mahasti
  • "Key Miad" by Mahasti
  • "Ghameh Donya" by Mahasti
  • "Shakhe Nabat" by Mahasti
  • "Ageh Dashtam Tou Ro" by Moein
  • "Chegooneh Chegooneh" by Moein
  • "Delam Gereft Az Asemoon" Moein
  • "Namaaz" by Moein
  • "Safar" by Moein
  • "Safayeh Ashk" by Moein
  • "Tanaz" by Moein
  • "Vay Beh Halesh" by Moein
  • "Kolbeyeh Man" by Ebi
  • "Geryeyeh Masti" by Ebi
  • "Gharibeh" by Ebi
  • "Ghased" by Ebi
  • "Ghesseyeh Eshgh" by Ebi
  • "Shab Mardeh Tanhaei" by Ebi
  • "Shirin Shirin" by Dariush
  • "Tekyeh Bar Baad" by Dariush
  • "Aroosi" by Sattar
  • "Amou Norouz" by Sattar
  • "Ashti" by Sattar
  • "Haraas" by Sattar
  • "Gol Naaz" by Sattar
  • "Madar" by Sattar
  • "Sefid o Siah" by Sattar
  • "Sedayeh Zangoolehaa" by Sattar
  • "Dele Ghafel" by Viguen
  • "Hazarateh Adam" by Viguen
  • "Khosham Khosham" by Hassan Shamaizadeh
  • "Balla" by Andy&Kouros
  • "Dokhtareh Atishpareh" by Andy&Kouros
  • "Tou" by Andy&Kouros
  • "Shaytoun Balla" by Andy&Kouros
  • "Atish" by Andy&Kouros
  • "Bouseh" by Andy&Kouros
  • "Kavir" by Andy&Kouros
  • "Eshgheh Masmoum" by Andy&Kouros
  • "Salameh Aasheghouneh" by Andy
  • "Salameh Aasheghouneh(Remix)" by Andy (Salame Asheghoune was originally sung by Morteza)
  • "Sahraaie(Laylee)" by Andy
  • "Tanine Solh" by Andy
  • "Salameh Asheghouneh" by Morteza
  • "Ehsaseh Zan" by Shohreh
  • "Yavashaki" by Shohreh
  • "Goleh Aftab Gardoon" by Nooshafarin
  • "Ghasedak" by Nooshafarin
  • "Kakoli" by Nooshafarin
  • "Rahebeh" by Nooshafarin
  • "Sarzamineh Shab" by Nooshafarin
  • "Hava" by Nooshafarin
  • "Male Mani" by Siavash Shams
  • "Dokhtar Irouni" by Siavash Shams
  • "Naaz Nakon" by Siavash Shams
  • "Ghahro Ashti(Zendegi)" by Siavash Shams
  • "Nagou Kieh" by Siavash Shams
  • "Hamsayehaa" by Siavash Shams
  • "Tanine Solh(Solhe Sepido Abi)" by Andy&Kouros, Fataneh, Moein, Morteza and Hayedeh
  • "Hamraz" by Habib
  • "Ghesseyeh Mehrabouni" by Habib
  • "Chang" by Farzin


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