© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 Journal of Persianate Studies 1 (2008) 79-101 www.brill.nl/jps Flowers of Persian Song and Music: Davud Pirniā and the Genesis of the Golhā Programs Jane Lewisohn School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Abstract Th is article examines the ‘Flowers of Persian Song and Music’ ( golhā ) radio programs broadcast during the third quarter of the 20th century on the Iran National Radio. Th ese programs—some 1,400 of which the author has collected and deposited in the British Library—constitute an unrivalled encyclopaedia of classical Persian music and poetry. Th e golhā programs introduced to the general public over 250 poets from the ancients to the moderns, and it preserved Persian classical music and fostered its future development. Th e seminal role played by Dāvud Pirniā in founding and producing these programs is examined and explored, while highlighting the vari- ous artists, poets, musicians, vocalists and scholars who performed in them. Keywords Persian music, Persian poetry, golhā , Suﬁsm, Iranian Radio, Dāvud Pirniā Introduction Th e Golhā (Flowers of Persian Song and Music) comprise 1400 radio pro- grams consisting of approximately 886 hours of programs broadcast over a period of 23
Journal of Persianate Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: PERSIAN POETRY; IRANIAN RADIO; GOLHĀ; DĀVUD PIRNIĀ; PERSIAN MUSIC; SUFISM
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