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The Golha Project: Digital Archiving of Flowers of Persian Poetry and Song

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Golha Radio Program, broadcast from 1956 through 1979, covered the entire history of classical as well as contemporary Persian poetry, giving marvelous expression to the whole gamut of traditional Persian music and poetry.

Digital archiving of all the Golha radio programs is being conducted for access by academic researchers of Persian music and literature and the public at large.

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The Golha Project has been supported by the British Library Endangered Archives Program, the Music Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London (SOAS), The British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS), the Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) and the Parsa Foundation.

Golha Project Management by
Jane Lewisohn: jane@golha.co.uk
Aydin Azizzadeh: aydin@golha.co.uk

Following presentation is from Jadid OnLine on Golha Project  - Persian with English subtitle

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The music and literary repertoire of the programs known generally as Golha, ‘Flowers [of Persian Poetry and Song]‘ was a series of weekly radio programs. The foremost and best musicians, vocalists, literary critics, poets and announcers performed on the programs, thus providing a unique – and still the best and most poetically diverse-recorded collection of the classical corpus of Persian music and poetry made in the 20th century.

Rahi Mo"ayyeri and Davud Pirnia at Maydan-i Arg Radio Studio Tehran

Rahi Mo"ayyeri and Davud Pirnia at Maydan-i Arg Radio Studio Tehran

This project proposes to construct a digital archive of the series for access by academic researchers of Persian music and literature and the public at large. The first phase of the project, which was to compile and digitize a complete archive of all the Golha radio programs, was completed in 2008 by Jane Lewisohn under the auspices and support of the Endangered Archives Program of the British Library where a copy of the complete digital archive is currently kept in the National Sound Archive World Music Section there. Iran Heritage Foundation will be involved in the second phase of the project which aims to create a searchable, relational database of the entire archive including bio-bibliographical data on the performers and authors, musical notation for the songs, transcription of the poetry and the commentaries included in the programs. This database will be made available over the internet by means of a purpose-built website linked exclusively to the IHF website.

Adib Khwansari, Mortaza Mahjubi, and Marziya at Maydan-i Arg Radio Studio, Tehran.

Adib Khwansari, Mortaza Mahjubi, and Marziya at Maydan-i Arg Radio Studio, Tehran.

The archive as a whole will be a unique cultural resource which can both be enjoyed by students and lovers of Persian culture and also used as a teaching tool for both Persian music and Persian Literature

Project Duration
3 Years – 30% of the work already completed and fully operational by September 2011

Golha References

Flowers of Persian Song and Music: Davud Pirnia and the Genesis of the Golha Programs (PDF by Jane Lewisohn)

SOAS The Gulha Programs CD cover and booklet (PDF)

Future site of Golha project database

Sample Music from Javad Maroufi

Radio Golha

jadidonline.com Golha Program

Golha Project CDs can be ordered from the SOAS Bookshop soon.

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