I was born on March 15, 1950, in Shahsavar. Good voice was inherited
by me and my siblings, from our father and grandfather. My father
was my best patron in the family. Whenever there was a program at
school and they invited me to attend, not only that he did not
object, but he encouraged me dearly. I used to attend art
competitions in school, relying on his protection.
The last time that I gained first place in the singing competitions
among all students over the country, I met my music master, the late
Mahmood Karimi, who was a member of board of referees. Master Karimi
encouraged me and suggested to teach me Persian music (Dastgah, and
Radif of traditional music). Hence I seriously began to study
Persian traditional music under his tutorship. Not longer than tow
years after teaching me, he introduced me to The Ministry of Culture
and Art, for professional performance. I remained his student, even
years after beginning my professional activities.
I cooperated with The Ministry of Culture and Art for five years.
During this period I attended some performances in television, and
some concerts in Tehran and some other cities. I also performed some
concerts abroad, with other active groups of the ministry, to
present Persian traditional music. I assume these concerts were
performed from 1968 to 1973.
I married on 1973. Two months later, I was invited to work with The
Center of Preservation and Dissemination of Music (affiliated to
Radio and Television Organization), founded and managed by Dr.
Daryoosh Safvat, and I traveled to Belgium and France to perform
concerts, along with a group of musicians.
Hence I began my work with The Center of Preservation and
Dissemination of Music and it took me five years after my last
professional activity. Within this period, I got acquainted with
performance of old popular songs and traditional songs, under
tutorship of master Davami.
My performances during this period were as followings:
Attending three Art festival of Shiraz
Attending some performances in Iranian
television, Tehran University, Bagh Ferdows Hall, City Theatre
Performing some concerts out of the country
In mid 1978, I traveled to Japan to attend Asian Traditional
Performing Arts, invited by Japan Foundation. The detailed report of
this trip was published in “Musical Voices of Asia”.
I married on 1973. My children Sara, Laila, and Dara were born in
1974, 1979, and 1984. My elder daughter is married now and she has
After revolution, on 1978-1979, when there was disturbances in
musical affairs, I was forced to stop my musical activities. By
birth of my second and third children, all my efforts were spent on
On 1980 The Center of Preservation and Dissemination of Music
invited me again to teach Persian songs to women. Since women were
not allowed to do any musical activities, especially singing, it
seemed to be a positive step to me, so I found it useful and
accepted the invitation.
I worked in that center – where had a completely different
environment by that time - for about three to four years and a good
number of students became acquainted with traditional Persian music.
Anyway, I continued working with the center, up to 1995. By that
date for the first time after Revolution I traveled abroad, along
with a musical group and performed a lot of concerts in different
European countries and was welcomed by our countrymen residents of
I stopped my cooperation with The Center of Preservation and
Dissemination of Music, after my return to Iran. Since then, I have
private song students at home. And since then (1995), I began
traveling abroad to attend different international festivals and
perform Persian traditional music for interested audiences in
foreign countries. And I have continued traveling eversince.