Persian folk theater revived in an old city

TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (MNA) – The 2nd national festival of traditional folkloric Persian play, Siah-bazi, is held in the northern city of Sari which indeed gave a fresh life to the ancient art.

The city of Sari, enjoying a 6000 year old civilization, is hosting artists who play a key role in the traditional art; however Siah-bazi and traditional plays are vanishing in Iran but such a festival is a window toward hope which can make the art flourish again.

The first festival of Siah-bazi was held some seven years ago by late master of Siah-bazi Saadi Afshar and Mohammad Jounian in Mazandaran Province. Now the veterans of the dramatic performing art have once again gathered to give a new life to the play.

Mohammad Jounian, the secretary of the festival, said that Siah-bazi holds its old roots in Iran and it is performed in other countries based on their culture. Studies say the art launched in Iran after the advent of Islam.

He added that reviving the traditional art is the festival’s main goal.

The 2nd national festival of Siah-bazi kicked off today during which seven selected works will be staged. The four-day event will host some 100 artists.

Siah-bazi is a type of Persian folk play featuring a black-faced harlequin who performs comical and amusing improvisations.

By Mehr News Agency