Tajikistan Sends Ambassador.


Ambassador of Tajikistan in the United Kingdom.

For the first time after its independence in 1991, Tajikistan has despatched its Ambassador to the United Kingdom. The Ambassador, Dr Erkin Kasymov was born in the historic city of Khojand, better known as the financial capital of the Republic Tajikistan.

Being a philologist by profession, Erkin is well versed in Russian, Arabic, English, and Persian languages. Erkin began his career in politics in 1974 as the First Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s. Over 30 year of engagement in politics and the social affairs of his native country, Dr Kasymov is well placed to represent Tajikistan in the United Kingdom. Before moving to the United Kingdom, Dr Kasymov was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tajikistan in Austrian Republic, Swiss Confederation and Hungry.  Click here for more details.

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.

Payvand’s New Executive Officer


On 18th July 2008, members of the consultative meeting of the Supreme Advisory Board to the Office of the President, responsible for “Improving Social Relations and Public Augmentations” had a meeting with members of the Executive Board of Payvand (The International Forum for Persian Speaking People). Mr Fatahov, chief advisor to the office of President, conveyed the outcome of the consultative meetings and pointed out that Mr Isomiddin Salohiddin, after protracted studies, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Payvand Society. He pointed out government’s satisfaction with good services of late Prof. Manyazov and conveyed president’s message for the expansion of Payvand activities in the years ahead. A brief profile of Dr. Isomiddin Salohiddin is provided here.

Obituary – Professor Manyazov


Obituary – Professor Manyazov 2008

Prof. Abd al-Qadir Manyazov, Executive Officer of the International Forum  of Persian Speaking People (Payvand), passed away on 3rd May 2008. He was born on 10th August 1930 in the suburb of Kanbadam, some 45km north of Khojand. A noble personality with vast knowledge of Persian language, literature and Socio-political affairs of Tajikistan, Prof. Manyazov had a fruitful life serving Tajikistan and its people on various capacities. A summary of his life achievements is provided here.