Traditional music maestro Dariush Safvat dies at 85

Well-respected Persian music master and ethnomusicologist Dariush Safvat has passed away at the age of 85 due to natural causes.

The veteran musician, Safvat, died at his home in the Iranian city of karaj on April 17, 2013.

Born in 1928, Safvat received a B.A. in Law from the University of Tehran in 1953 and a Ph.D. in International Law from the Paris School of Law (France) in 1965. He also studied music at the Institute of Musicology in Paris.

He received his early training in the classical Iranian music Setar from his father, Ali Asghar Safvat, who also played the ancient instruments.

Safvat developed his art in music and later was known for his mastery of the Iranian traditional music Setar and Santour.

He was one of the main founders of a nongovernmental educational institute named the Center for Preservation and Promotion of Music.

Safvat has published a number of books and articles in Persian, French and English, and has left a large number of recordings.

He received “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” granted by the French government in 2005.

By Press TV


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