Farzaneh Khojandi in London


Farzaneh Khojandi in London

Poetry Translation Centre and the Department of Persian Language at SOAS, in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation organised “An Evening of Tajik and Persian poetry with Farzaneh Khojandi” in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at the School of Oriental and African Studies on Friday 17th October 2008.  Farzaneh is one of the most outstanding contemporary poets of Tajikistan. Her poetry in Persian language has been well received by Persian speaking people world wide and particularly in the Persian speaking countries. This visit, thanks to Poetry Translation Centre, that produced remarkable English translation of her poetry, enabled English speaking audience to enjoy her poetry in English language and listen to her own eloquent style of poetry recitation.  For few snapshots, please click here.

The Year of Rudaki


The Year of Rudaki and Persian Language: Dushanbe 5-11 September 2008.

The opening session of Rudaki’s International Conference was chaired by His Excellency Emamali Rahman President of the Republic of Tajikistan and Chair of the Forum of Persian Speaking People of the World (Payvand). In his speech President Rahman praised the role of Rudaki in the development of Persian language, poetry and what is known as Persian / Tajik Culture and civilisation. Prof. Ilalov, director of the Academy of Science welcomed the audience and declared the conference open. Other speakers in this session were: Prof. Osmanov (Russia), Prof. Dinashayov (Tajikistan), Prof. Sayed Akhtar Husain (India), Dr. Abbas Vafaei (Iran), Prof. Bahora Khoramzod (Uzbekistan).

The following is an alphabetical list of participants and the title of their presentation in English language. Names have been transliterated from the Persian alphabetical version produced by the organisers and may not be an exact transliteration of the original. Titles also have been rendered in summary form.  The conference was divided into five departments namely: (1) Rudaki: Art & Culture;  (2) Rudaki: History & Philosophy; (3) Chair of Philosophy; (4) Rudaki & Persian language; and (5) Rudaki: Contemporary and Classical Literatures.

Alphabetical list:
Aa’zam-zod (Tajikistan): Dawlatshah’s Humiliation of Rudaki.
Abdolsharifov, A (Tajikistan): Musical Substratum in the Formation of Rudaki’s Poem.
Abdullahyev, A. (Tajikistan): Tatavi’s “Muntakhab al-Lughat” and Arabic Words in Rudaki’s Poetry.
Abdusatarov, ‘A. (Tajikistan): Revelation and Intuition in Rudaki’s Poems.
Abedov, D. (Tajikistan): A glance into Folklores related to Rudaki.
Achelov (Uzbekistan): Uzbek Translations of Rudaki’s Poems.
Adinayev, N. S. (Tajikistan): An Ode from Rudaki.
Afaridayev, N. (Tajikistan): Word Combinations in Rudaki’s Poem.
Afsoon, Ghambar (Iran): The Attachment of Poetry and Music in Rudaki’s Royal Poetry.
Afzalov, S & Saidzadeh, J. (Tajikistan): Teaching Rudaki’s works in Schools and its difficulties.
Ajami, M. (Tajikistan): Artistic and Poetc Tricks in Rudaki’s Works.
Akbar-zod, M. (Tajikistan): A glance into correctness of one stanza of Rudaki’s Poem.
Akhaniyazov, W. (Tajikistan): “Variation” in Rudaki’s Poetry.
Alimardanov, A. (Tajikistan): Rudaki’s popularity in Indo-Pakistan.
Alimov, K. (Tajikistan): Philosophical Trends in Samanid era and their Reflection in Rudaki’s Poetry.
Alimova, N. (Tajikistan): Turqul Zihni and his views about Celebrating Rudaki.
Amirgholov, S.  (Tajikistan): ‘Uawfi and his knowledge of Rudaki.
Amiri, A. T. (Iran): A Blind or  a Visionary Poet.
Ariyanfar (Afghanistan): Rationalism in Samanid Era.
Ashorov, G. (Tajikistan): Rudaki’s Time: The Era of the Formation of Tajiki Identity.
Atayeva, M. (Tajikistan): Rudaki and Development of Persian Language.
Azizi, F. (Tajikistan): The Genre of “Tarana” and Rudaki’s contribution in its discovery.
Azurabekov, S (Tajikistan): Spiritual Richness in Rudaki’s Poems.
Babajanova, B. (Tajikistan): Humanistic Expressions in Rudaki’s Poetry.
Babayev, F. (Tajikistan): Aesthetic in Rudaki’s Poems.
Barzin Mehr, Abdulghani (Afghanistan): Rudaki and Praise of Wine.
Bashiri, Ahmad (Iran): Rudaki and Abu al-Qasim Lahuti.
Biymatov, L. (Tajikistan): Court Terminology in Rudaki’s Poems.
Brakinskaya, L. Y. (Russia): Reading of Rudaki Based on Old Dictionaries.
Dadkhodayeva (Tajikistan): Rudaki’s Cultural Centre.
Danish-Zadeh, A (Iran): Ultra-Psychological Study of Rudaki’s Poetry.
Dargahi, Z. (Iran): Reflection of Rudaki and his Works in Iranian National Curriculum.
Dawlatbekov, L. Imagination in Rudaki’s Poems.
Derozhina, M. (Russia): Rudaki and contemporary Music in Tajikistan.
Dowlatov, M. (Tajikistan): Poetic Style of Rudaki’s Contemporaries.
Elbizadeh, W. (Tajikistan): Knowledge of Good Governance in Rudaki’s Poem.
Emami, Nasrullah (Iran): Necessity for Re-editing of Rudaki’s Diwan.
Esamoddin Salahoddin (Tajikistan): Rudaki, Founder of Modern Persian Civilization.
Esrafil-niya, Sh. (Tajikistan): Wine Expressions in Rudaki’s Poem.
Fakhr al-Islam, B. (Iran): Iranian Identity in Rudaki’s Poetry.
Fallah, M. (Iran): Opportunism vis-à-vis short duration of human life in Rudaki’s Poem.

17th Independence Day Celebrations

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17th Independence Day Celebrations – 2008

The 17th anniversary of Tajikistan’s Independence Day coincided with the 7th annual general meeting of the Payvand society. Main venues for Independence Day pageantry were the historical city of Panjkent and the mausoleum of Rudaki in Panjrood. The international conference dedicated to the works and achievements of Rudaki was held in Dushanbe.  Main venues were the Academy of Science and the Institute of Oriental Studies. Out of 136 scholars expected to present papers in the conference, a handful could not attend for personal reasons or visa complications.  A list of participants and  the title of  their presentations is provided here.

15th Independence Day Celebrations

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15th Independence Day Celebrations – 2006

Payvand UK, in close cooperation with the head office of the Payvand society in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), organized a tour in which participants had a chance to take part in the 15th anniversary of independence, 2700 years anniversary of the city of Kulab, 7th bi-annual general meeting of Payvand and celebrations of Aryan Contribution to World Civilization.  Pictures of the event can be seen here.