Monday, October 14, 2013

Oct. 13, 2013 is the 3rd anniversary of Marzieh's passing, the Diva of Persian music. Ashraf o-Sadat Mortezaie known professionally as Marzieh, was born in 1924 in Tehran and died of Cancer on October 13, 2010 in Paris. She joined  the National Council of Resistance of Iran in 1994 and began her political life. The Paris-based composer Mohammad Shams and the Persian tar soloist Hamid Reza Taherzadeh were the main musicians who worked with Marzieh in exile. She died just a few months after the death of her only daughter.
Maryam Rajavi, the president elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran who was very close to Marzieh, delivered her eulogy and said: "Marzieh was the symbol of protest and revolt in Iranian art against the fascism of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule).... Hail to Marzieh; the great, brave and pious woman who 16 years ago joined the Iranian Resistance and offered her complete support and compassion, and, in doing so, blended art with the love for freedom and the magnum opus of human qualities.