Tehran Symphonic Orchestra performing on December 24, 2021

Tehran Symphonic Orchestra performing on December 24, 2021

Government Hostility To Music In Iran 'Worse Than in Afghanistan'


Prominent Iranian musician Hossein Alizadeh says pressure on music and musicians in Iran is incomparably higher than any other Islamic country in the world.

Alizadeh made the comments after watching a concert in Tehran’s Vahdat hall, which opened its doors to people after a 22-month hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Alizadeh highlighted that even the Taliban is gradually opening Afghanistan’s music conservatories.

He appreciated solidarity among the Iranian artists, saying, “If music is being insulted, we are all being insulted.

His criticism was apparently a reaction to recent remarks by Iranian lawmakerKazem Mousavi, who said Western musical instruments should not be allowed in an Islamic country, noting that that anyone who desired a different lifestyle should leave Iran.

According to the head of Customs Administration Iran has classified musical instruments – along with sunglasses and over a thousand other commodities -- as luxury items and banned their import.

In a meeting with Culture Minister Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili on Thursday, firebrand cleric Ahmad Alamolhoda criticized artists in Iranfor feeling entitled.

“They should be asked what they have done for the Islamic revolution” said the staunch supporter of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is the father-in-law of Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi.

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