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Film festival to promote love and harmony

Iranian film festival and exhibition organised in Lucknow.


Lucknow. It was a scene of cultural bonhomie between Iran and India when a six day Iranian film and art exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Ali Dehgahi, Director - Iran Culture House, at the Department of Persian, Lucknow University  (LU), on Friday. He was joined by Professor Manoj Kumar Mishra, VC, LU, Dr. Anis Ansari, VC, Khwaja Moinuddin  Chishti University, Dr. Ammar Rizvi, former state minister, and noted filmmaker Dr. Muzaffar Ali in lighting the lamp. Dr. Arif Ayyubi, Head, Department of Persian, welcomed the guests.

Dr. Ansari while delivering inaugural address threw light on the lasting impression of Iranian language, culture, dress and cuisine and its impact on Indian culture.

Filmmaker Ali said that Persian poets like Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi and Amir khusro spread the language of love and brotherhood, and that he established Rumi Foundation to spread the message of humanity. He also presented the Department of Persian with CDs and books on Sufism.

Dr. Rizvi, an old patron of such festivals, highlighted the impact of Iranian culture and civilization on the world including India.

Dr. Dehgahi informed the gathering that many Persian books after getting published from Munshi Naval Kishore Press travelled to Iran. He further added that films spread the message of love and brotherhood and should not be used for the propagation of hatred.

A persian movie  'Aasmaan-e-Mehboob' was also screened for the guest later.

Riffat Rizvi, a student of M.A. Persian in LU, said, "It was a good fusion of Indo-Iranian relation and I’m looking forward to similar interactions with other countries. Cinema is a good platform to promote the culture of different countries." She also recited a ghazal penned by Amir Khusro.

Persian lovers in general feel nostalgic about the once influencial language. "In earlier times all official work was done in Persian only," informed Syed Zulkarnain, a PHD student of the department.

Tanveer shaikh another participant, visited Iran earlier this year to take part in a competition. She believes, "Culture, literature and languages help promote love and harmony between countries."


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