WAALM’s Simin Bari Project Wins Two Turkish Music Awards

[سیمین بری ۲ جایزه ترکیه را بخود اختصاص داد] WAALM’s (World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media) Simin Bari Project has won two Turkish music awards :

The works of WAALM are dedicated towards the fostering of dialogue and understanding between civilizations (see for example WAALM’s Empower Africa Conference in April 7-10, 2010).

 The Simin Bari project and its awards are celebrated in the Turkish press.

The Simin Bari project is part of WAALM’s endeavour for Cultural Diplomacy, by facilitating the artistic works in a duet by Iranian Meastro Sattar and Young Turkish Rising Star Ersin Faikzade. The duet is the song “Simin Bari” which is sung in Turkish and Persian.  

 

Sattar and Ersin Faikzade singing Simin Bari in Turkish and Persian (Facilitated and Co-produced by WAALM). This is part of WAALM’s initiative to re-awaken the awareness of the strong and long-standing Turco-Iranian cultural ties known as the Turco-Iranian or Persianate civilization.  Note that the video is also under post-production

WAALM-School of Cultural Diplomacy works towards the promotion of cultural diplomacy through courses that emphasize cultural links and historical ties that transcend modern-day national and/or political boundaries. There are strong ties for example between the Persianate or Turco-Iranian civilization and those of Europe, Asia and the Indian subcontinent and the Islamic realms. WAALM’s Curricula tend to emphasize the exploration and analyses of such links to propel learners towards the appreciation of world civilization as a single evolving entity composed of its various interdependent cultural and historical entities.

Sattar (left) and Ersin Faikzade (right) have lent their exemplary creativity and musical talents towards the initiative to re-awaken the long-standing and powerful cultural bonds between the Iranians and the Turks. 

WAALM’s project for the promotion of cross-cultural dialogue through the promotion of Persianate or Turco-Persian civilization is consistent with the Iranian Studies initiative of the University of British Columbia’s Asian Studies program which shares the vision of Persianate civilizations transcending nationality and race.

Support UBC Iranian Studies Initiative

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Asian Studies department has embarked on a vigorous initiative to establish a Persian Language and Iranian Studies program at the university. For details kindly consult:

UBC Initiative in Persian Language and Iranian Studies (pdf)

Below is an excerpt from the initiative cited in the above file:

Long recognized as a leader in teaching and research on Asia, UBC has recently reaffirmed its commitment to Asia in its new strategic plan, Place and Promise. To date, UBC’s commitment to engagement with Asia has focused primarily on East and South Asia, and indeed, the Chinese and Indic cultural spheres are well represented in the Faculty of Arts—especially so in the department of Asian Studies.

But if Chinese language and civilization have been paramount in East Asia for the past two millennia, and Sanskrit language and literary culture similarly important in South Asia, Persian language and civilization have been equally central to the history of Western, Central and South Asia for roughly the same period of time.

Recognizing the key role of Persianate civilization in the history of Asia, UBC now wishes to take the first steps toward developing academic resources around the language, culture, history and civilization of the Persianate world.

                          

Interested parties are encouraged to contact: Professor Ross King (Chair of the UBC Asian Studies Department) at jrpking@interchange.ubc.ca or Emily Williams (Development Officer, Faculty of Arts, UBC) at ewilliams@exchange.ubc.ca.

A video tribute to the UBC Iranian Studies initiative where experts speak to this project in Persian and English.

The 2011-2012 Report to Donors and Friends regarding the Persian Language Program at the University has had an excellent reception – kindly consult the pdf file below for details:

UBC-Report for 2011-2012 (pdf)

The University of British Columbia’s Asian Studies program gave a strong tribute to Kaveh Farrokh acknowledging his long association with the University of British Columbia (UBC) – kindly see video showing the distinguished Professor Harjot S. Oberoi of the UBC Asian Studies program who is a world-class historian at the University of British Columbia’s Asian Studies program.

Professor Harjot S. Oberoi of the UBC Asian Studies program introduces “An Evening with Dr. Kaveh Farrokh – Sassanian Architecture” (Monday March 12, 2011). This talk was given as part of the overall drive to promote support for the University of British Columbia’s Iranian Studies and Persian language initiative.

Dr. Armen M. Ayvazyan’s New Text on Armenian Military History

Dr. Armen M. Ayvazyan (Aivazian) has written an excellent military history text entitled:

The Armenian Military in the Byzantine Empire: Conflict and alliance under Justinian and Maurice  – see also Flyer in pdf (click here…)

ISBN : 978-2-9173-2939-9

128 pages, 15x21cm,

With full colour battlefield map 21x27cm

Price: € 14,50 / $19,95

Language : English

Release date: June 22, 2012

The foreword of the text has been written by Dr. Ilkka Syvanne, Vice Chairman for the Finnish Society of Byzantine Studies. Below are highlights from Dr. Syvanne’s review:

“When I was asked to write a foreword for this book, I was very pleased to comply becuase there is a definite need for the kind of study Dr. Ayvazyan has written…Dr. Armen Ayzazyan’s…dense study of Byzantine, Armenian and Iranian military relations is a pioneering piece of scholarhsip, indeed capable of triggerring a renewed interest by Western military historians inot the too-often ignored Armenian material. Not coincidentally,  this is one of the author’s stated objectives in his Preface, which represents, in effect, a well-developed investigative draft plan for future students of Armenian military history.”

For the entire foreword by Dr. Ilkka Syvanne, kindly click here… 

CLICK TO ENLARGEA photocopy of a miniature which has been used in Dr. Ayvazyan’s book – the image depcits a military scene from a fourteenth-century Armenian manuscript (source: La Storia di Alessandro il Macedone. Codice armeno miniato del XIV secolo (Venezia, San Lazzaro, 424), a cura di Giusto Traina, con la collaborazione di C. Franco, D. Kouymjian, C. Arslan, Padoue, 2003.)

Dr. Ayvazyan is in fact the author of several monographs, book chapters, and many articles in Armenian and international journals.

Dr. Ayvazyan is the Director of the “Ararat” Center for Strategic Research and Senior Researcher in the Matenadaran, the Yerevan Institute of Medieval Manuscripts. He holds doctoral degrees in History (1992) and Political Science (2004).  For more information on Dr. Armen M. Ayvazyan and his accomplishments, kindly consult his official website (click here…)

Dr. Armen Ayvazyan in Lyons, France. He was a recipient of an International Security Studies grant provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, working in affiliation with the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (1995). During the 1997-1998 academic year, he was a Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar, affiliated with the Center for Russian and East European Studies, Stanford University, USA. He was a Visiting Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Fellow at ELIAMEP, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (2000-2001, Athens).

Dr. Ayvazyan’s recent textbook on Armenian military history has also referred to Kaveh Farrokh’s first text entitled Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-651 –اسواران ساسانی in reference to the importance and honor granted by the Sassanian dynasty’s military to Armenian knights in the prestigious ranks of the Sassanian elite knights or Savaran (or Asvaran).

CLICK TO ENLARGE- The court of Khosrow II in the early 7th century AD. From left to right – Guiw Nobleman, Queen Shireen, Khosrow II “Parveez” and the legendary Sassanian general from Armenia, Smbat Bagratuni. The latter defeated a massive Turco-Hun force from Central Asia in 619 AD – he then drove the remnants of the invaders back into the depths of Central Asia. Bagratuni achieved this success just as General Shahrbaraz was invading Egypt in that same year (619 AD) (for more information consult: pp. 255-257, Farrokh, –سایه‌های صحرا-Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War-Персы: Армия великих царей, 2007;  pp.53-54, Farrokh, Elite Sassanina Cavalry, 2005). Picture source: Farrokh, Plate G, -اسواران ساسانی- Elite Sassanian cavalry, 2005.

 

Eva Bosch: World’s First Invention of Animation in Iran

Below is a video by Eva Bosch narrated in Catalan with writing in English that describes the invention of the world’s first example of animation in Iran thousands of years ago. The material for the video was drawn from information posted on Kavehfarrokh.com.

Eva Bosch has achieved a number of important citations including an award to study at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and the winning of the Pollock Krasner Award in 1995.

Eva Bosch in Senegal, 2007. Eva is a Catalan painter born in Barcelona. At present Eva lives and works in London with regular sojourns in her atelier in Montmany-Figueró (Barcelona), combining her studio work with lecturing in the History of Art.