Interview with Amir Hossein Nouri, a successful Iranian singer and songwriter
Amir, tell us a bit about Iran and the history of Iranian art?
Iran is an ancient country with stories dating back thousands of years. Beautiful land with kind and peaceful people who have done many services to mankind throughout its history. Iranian art is also one of the richest artistic heritages in the history of the world. From literature and poetry to music and calligraphy to architecture and painting and crafts like carpet weaving and rug weaving, painting, pottery, enameling, and…art is in the fabric of Iran.
You said that throughout the history of Iran, it has rendered many services to humanity. Tell us more?
I can refer to the first Charter of Human Rights drafted by Cyrus the Great, or to the beautiful slogan of the ancient Iranian prophet Zarathustra, “Good thoughts, good words and good deeds”, which are the basis of all humanitarian slogans these days. . The empire of ancient Iran can be considered an important example since the beginning of the formation of the concept of the human world and modernity in its time. From the post office to the formation of the world order, Iran has contributed to the betterment of mankind. Ancient Iran was famous for its peace and respect for various religions, as well as respect for beliefs and respect for the way the tribes were dressed.
It was very interesting. In this regard, can you introduce us to world-renowned Iranians?
This is a very difficult question because we are talking about many thousands of years of history of a nation’s civilization. But very short from Ibn Sina, the famous Iranian doctor whose famous encyclopedia called “Shafa” has been taught in world medicine for many years, to Zakaria Razi, the great Iranian scientist who discovered alcohol. Abu Rihan al-Biruni, the father of anthropological science of Khayyam, the famous astronomer, philosopher and poet who wrote the most accurate calendar in the history of mankind and many more…
You said Khayyam. I think Iranian literature and poetry are very important in the world. Tell us about it?
Yes, most of the world knows Iran by the names of its poets. Great people such as Hafez, Saadi, Rumi, Khayyam, Attar, Nezami, Ferdowsi, Nasser Khosrow, Shabestari, Rudaki etc. who each had their own philosophy and writing style in poetry.
can you give us some examples of their views?
For example, Ferdowsi has a mythological style in Persian and in Shahnameh he says of the legends of Iran that sometimes in the films of the last decades, the reflection inspired the characters of the mythical films. Rumi, who in his poems, unlike philosophy, which gives more credit to reason, has a mystical view of the world that gives credit to the heart, because the heart is the place of love. Khayyam, who in his poems questions the credibility of the world and invites the mortal to be happy and to live the real moment.
Your song “Nirvana”, which recently won various festivals around the world with Khayyam’s poem, was also made with this in mind?
Khayyam was one of the most intelligent people of his time and perhaps of all mankind. He sees the great secret of existence regardless of the validation of ideologies and considers that the only secret of life is to live in the present moment and to live happily in that moment. It is a great honor for me to work on Khayyam’s poems, and “Nirvana” is the first work I released from the album, which will soon be released with the poems of great Persian poets.
Has this song caught the attention of audiences around the world? What is your opinion?
Without a doubt, Khayyam is one of the best-known poets in the world, and the public reception and festival awards didn’t surprise me at all.
Do you think Iranian literature can inspire people around the world?
I think the poems of these great characters can be a solution for people of all nations. For example, today, when the world is at war, Saadi’s beautiful poem tells us:
All human beings are members of the same framework, / Since all, in the beginning, are issued from the same essence.
When time afflicts one limb with pain / Other limbs at rest cannot stand.
— Thank you for your time and for telling us and our readers about the beauty of Iranian culture and art. I wish you success. Thanks to you and the magazine’s audience, and I also hope that one day humanity will be our view of the world and that borders will be our only cultural borders, and a world full of peace, freedom and love.