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Thursday, September 09, 2004
Festive and Lyrical Music
Dance music is often played by various instruments including oboe, kettledrum and a traditional instrument called Dozelleh while at times tambourine and drum are also added. The Kurds start dancing jovially to the tunes such as Geryan (crying), Seh-Pa or Seh-Jar, Khan Amiri, Chapi and Fattah Pashai while holding one another's hands. Besides dance music, thousands of love melodies and songs are common throughout the province each of which has its own special charm.
Lyrical and Epic
MusicThis type of Music is classified into the dual pre-battle and post-battle sections. The first section comprising "Mour", "Tah Raz-e Rustam", "Gharibi" and "Saroukhani" strengthens the morale for belligerency and the melodies titled "Savar Savar" and "Jangeh Raa" are played in the course of battle.
Gnostic and Mystic
MusicThis type of music is classified into two major sections of "Yarsan lute and tunes along with spoken words" and the music played at dervish houses (monasteries) of various Kurdish Sufi cults, specially Qaderieh and Naqshbandieh. In the first section, the lute is the dominant instrument conveying the message of heart, while in the second section the outcry of love is voiced by tambourine. Besides, another type of Kurdish music is characterized by marking various occasions, including a melody known as "Sahari" for waking up, "Cheh Mari" and "Fani Fani" to mark mourning as well as Jelow Shahi and "Bayad Bayad" played at welcome ceremonies. Meanwhile, passion and mourning music which are commonly played during the month of Moharram marking the mourning of Muslims on the occasion of the martyrs of Islam should also be referred to as well as the tunes played during the process of cattle milking and extracting dairy products from milk, local games, lullabies and Mour (sad hymns marking mourning).
Three types of the most original and ancient music known in the whole world is played in Kermanshah:

The music played by lute
Houraman (Siyah Chamaneh)
Houreh and Mour Laki

Of course, I believe that the music played by tambourine also originates from Houraman, since lute and specially the words accompanying it are quite analogous to Siyah Chamaneh. Meanwhile, the songs known as "Houreh", "Mour" and "Souz" are also quite common in Kermanshah area which are partially linked with the tunes played by lute, such as "Paveh Mouri", "Gharibi", "Saroukhani" and "Gol-o-Darreh".
I personally don't agree with categorizing the tunes played by lute, since there is always an origin to be discovered. The musical style used by lute players should not be taken for classification by mistake. In addition to the music played by lute, Siyah Chamaneh, Mour and Houreh; thousands of charming Kurdish melodies such as "Kalbai", "Gouran", "Javan-Roud", "Baba-Jani", "Kolhar" and "Houraman" are common at various areas of Kurdestan province, which are easily distinguished by those who are familiar with Kurdish music.
Saturday, September 04, 2004



Cave of Qori Qal'eh, Paveh

Evidence indicated that this province has been the home of man since the Paleolithic and Neolithic age. Considering the historical monuments found in Kermanshah, it was very glorious in the Achaemenid and Sasanian eras and was highly regarded by the kings of those times. In the Islamic period, especially in the Safavid period, it made greatprogress. Kurds, Lors, Arabs and Turks are propels living in this province. In addition to the inhabitants of the towns and villa-gees, there are many nomadic societies throughout the province. The predominant language is Farsi but other languages are also spoken.From the Paleolithic time to the present, this district has been the home of many peoples

Autumn, Kermanshah
(dating back to the 18 th century) with beautiful brickwork’s and plasterworks are of more importance. In the suburbs of Kermanshah, relic surviring from circa 900 BC on the hill of Ganj Darreh (a district of Hersin) and Three catacombs dating back to the Median age, near Deh-Nou, Ishaqvand village, are very impressive.

According to historical documents, It has been always an important center. Considering its great antiquity and its various historical monuments, this city can represent a remarkable part of the history of Iran. Of the historical monuments in the city itself. Pol-e-kohne (meaning old bridge) having the herring bone arches made of bricks, and jame mosque

Historical monument
The monuments belonging to the Sassanian era as well as a carvansary and a bridge from the Safavid period, indicate the high importance of this district in different ages. In short, Bistun can be called a living museum of the Iranian civilization from ancient times to the present. Tagh-e-Boustan This monument, dating back to the Sassanian period, is located 5 km north-east of the city. This world-famous monument has two magnificent arches carved on the mountain with extreme deterity. One part of the carving represents a hunting in which the king is hunting and some animals are running away.

Javan rood Located in a mountainous area, this town is in the north-west of the province. A mong its historical monumets there are the catacombs of Ravansar, dating back to the Median period. At the orifice of this world-famous monument there is a carving representing a ma

Friday, September 03, 2004
I was born in Kermanshah .
Located in the middle of the western part of Iran, Kermanshah province covers an area of 2443.25 sq km.it is bounded on the north by the province of Kurdistan, on the south by the provinces of Lorestan and Ilam, on the east by Hamadan and on the west by Iraq. It is cold in the mountainous regions and mild in the plains. The most well-known mountains of Kermanshah are Kooh-e-sefid, Paru, Bazi Deraz. The Plains are in Kangavar, Sahneh and Islam Abad districts. These broad plains are watered by rivers such as Dinor, Khorram Rood, Gamasyab and Gharasu.) The mirages and several ponds such as Ravansar, Bistun and songhor are some of the impressive natural beauty of the province. The beauty of nature in Richap, Tag-e-Bostan and Bistun catch everyones eye.Cities Bistun-Tagh-e-Bousan-Javan Rood-Islam Abad-e-Gharb-Kangavar-Godin Tappeh-Sar Pol-e-Zahab-Songhor-Temple of Anahita-Ghasr-e-Shirin-Pol-e-safavi kooche-Gilan-e-Gharb-Customs-Souvenirs