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News number: 8710081444

14:52 | 2008-12-28


نسخه چاپي ارسال به دوستان

Scholars Propose Establishment of Radi Foundation

TEHRAN (FNA)- A foundation should be established for the late Iranian dramatist Akbar Radi to gather research and theses on him and his plays, scholar Ataollah Kupal mentioned during the Radi commemoration ceremony on Wednesday.

Bahman Cultural Center hosted the ceremony on the occasion of the first anniversary of his death on December 25. The ceremony was attended by Radi's family, friends, students and literati, MNA reported.

Radi is a phenomenon in Persian literature who should be honored and his Iranian scholars and students should benefit from his masterpieces, Kupal added.

Radi and luminaries like him need the support of institutes to preserve their work and ideas. The proposal to establish a foundation will perpetuate Radi's style of writing and thought, head of Tehran Municipality's Art and Culture Organization Majid Sarsangi mentioned.

"Tehran Municipality's Art and Culture Organization will sponsor Radi's foundation and I hope that next Radi commemoration will be held in his own foundation," he mentioned.

Radi's literature is not like Sadi, Nezami or Jami. He is much more like Hafez and Ferdowsi, a kind of awakening style of literature. His writings can be classified as social realistic text, playwright Sadreddin Shajareh mentioned during the ceremony.

At the ceremony, Radi's wife Hamideh-Banu Anqa expressed her thanks and appreciation to participants and especially to stage director Hadi Marzban who staged several plays written by Radi.

"You all were reading Radi's plays for many years but I have lived offstage with his plays and with him. I saw his excitement and emotions. You miss him but I miss him even more than you," she mentioned.

At the end of the ceremony, Anqa unveiled a bust of Radi made by Sadaf Soleimani. The statue will be placed in one of the newly built halls of Tehran Municipality's Art and Culture Organization.

Born in 1939 in Rasht, Gilan Province, Radi drew the attention of the giants of Iranian theater with his skill in playwriting and the power of his words from the beginning of his career in the field. His works were compared with the plays of Anton Chekhov and Henrik Ibsen.

Radi regarded his birthplace Gilan as his permanent domicile and had nostalgic feelings about the province. He had great interest in the memories of his childhood and depicted them in his plays with scenes and sets like big houses with several rooms, wood ceilings, carpets from Kashan, gardens with lots of flowers, and even foggy weather and rain.

The 68-year-old playwright died of cancer at Tehran's Pars Hospital on December 26, 2007.

"Melody of a Rainy City," "The Descent," "The Fishermen," "Death in Autumn," "The Glorious Smile of Mr. Gil" and "Beneath the Saqqakhaneh Passage" are among his best known works.