A voice that revived traditional Persian music and played a role like ferdowsi (a poet who preserved the Persian language for 900 years) in literature for the music world. A hero to the world of art who interlaced the world of literature with sounds and melodies and blew with his voice in the existence of this country and gave it life again.
Mohammad Reza Shajarian, the artist whose voice resonates beyond the memories of Persians of his generation and the younger generations after him. A voice that is the phonetic embodiment of Persian music culture, and if anyone mentions traditional Persian music, the voice of Rabbana of Mohammad Reza Shajarian, which is registered as ICH by the Ministry of Tourism, will resonate in their minds.
Born on 1 October 1941, into a family of art, culture, and literature, Shajarian began singing at an early age. When he entered school in 1326 AH, he started reciting the Qur’an with his father. He continued it very well so that by the age of 10, he could recite the Qur’an in political ceremonies and gatherings. His first high school whispers began with the help of his uncle and Mr. Young (a teacher). In 1331, the voice of young Mohammad Reza Shajarian was broadcast for the first time on Khorasan Radio.
Shajarian was so prominent that the largest organizations and art centers of the world would bequeath him with great titles; the website of the Asian Association has mentioned Shajarian as the most famous Persian of original music art. The National Public Radio has named him as one of the top fifty voices in the world, and the Vancouver Sun titled him as the most important music artist in the world.
Shajarian was a great master of traditional Persian music and worked hard to spread the music of his land and introduce its culture and art beyond borders and became a label of music of his country. He did a great service to patriotic music, such as the Picasso Prize, the UNESCO Honorary Diploma, the Beta from Stanford University, the UNESCO Mozart Prize, the National Knight of the French Embassy, the High Prize for Art for Peace, and the Aga Khan Foundation Award as Lord of Music to Enrich Human Musical Heritage. He was perhaps the only artist to inject the essence of Persian music into the hearts of the world with his voice.
Shajarian founded Del Avaz Company in 1977, and in 1978, he won first place in Quran recitation competitions all over the country. During the sixties, Shajarian began an extensive collaboration with Parviz Meshkatian, which resulted in the albums Mahour, Bidad, Nova, Dastan, and so on. In the same years, he performed concerts outside Persia with the Aref group.
During his professional life, Shajarian held numerous performances around the world. Since 1968, he has been performing in the United States and Europe with the Pirniakan and Andalibi groups. Shajarian received the UNESCO Honorary Award (Picasso Award) in 1978, and his book, The Secret of Mana, was published in 1979.
Shajarian married Miss Farkhondeh Golafshan in Quchan which resulted in the beginning of a thirty-year life and three daughters and a son, Homayoun, who is also an artist as great as his father. They have published great performances and works together.
This beloved artist, who is not only in the hearts of the Persian people but also in the hearts of the people of the world, has released more than seventy albums during his professional life. The best of which are Yad Ayam (Memory of the Days), Del Majnoon (The Heart Insanity), Janan Province, Bidad, Dastan, Nova, Bi To Besar Nemishavad (It cannot be without you), Faryad (scream), Dar Khial (in imagination), and Night, Silence, Desert.
Traditions are so important as the cultural lifeblood of a country. Some of have been transmitted to us through audio recordings, which has naturally formulated laws for itself that ultimately define the hearing culture, the essence of which is perpetuated by humans. A culture where part of it is playing music, and part of it is singing, and he was the perpetuator of that culture.