Joined on October 02, 2012
The news is still sketchy, but in an ambiguously-written news piece by ISNA, it appears that at least one Iranian university which teaches music to its students has been instructed not to teach any western musical instruments to their students in the new academic year. Such a decision, if true, will mean that Iran will no longer train musicians who can be members of large orchestras like this.
Photo by Bahar
I saw this photo here: http://9gag.com/gag/6395151?ref=fb.s
It reminded me of this Siavash Kasrai poem:
You are the tall figure of desire, O' tree
The sky embraces you at all times
You are tall, O' tree
Your hands are full of stars and your soul full of spring
You are beautiful, O' tree
When winds make a nest in your tangled leaves,
When winds comb your green hair,
You are fantastic, O' tree
When the wild fingers of rain grasp you,
In its cold feast
You are the sad, sweet-singing musician, O' tree
Under your feet,
Here is night and night-struck people whose eyes
Have not seen the day
How is it that you have seen the day?
How is it that you have seen the sun?
And you are amazingly gazing at them, O' tree!
As you bound the earthly people by a thousand strings,
Don't be scared of thunder,
Don't be scared of lightning.
You will prevail, O' tree
Don't rebel, O'scared tree that like our hope,
You are with us, but still lonely, O' tree.
By Siavash Kasrai