Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claims the promotion and teaching of the artform is not compatible with country's sacred regime.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that music is "not compatible" with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be practised or taught in the country.
In some of the most extreme comments by a senior regime figure since the 1979 revolution, Khamenei said: "Although music is halal, promoting and teaching it is not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic."
Iran has rarely given permission to concerts, as it fears that the opposition might use it as an opportunity to express itself, said Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iran's most prolific and popular classical vocalist.
"They are afraid of my concerts because of those moments before the concert is begun, when the whole hall is in silence and darkness when someone suddenly shouts 'death to dictator' and everybody accompanies and they are unable to identify that person," Shajarian said.
Music is freedom. Music is the universal language. Music fosters revolution and free thought and ideas and it makes the mind reel with so much to be gained from it. The study of music alone, as a child growing up, enhances life in untold ways that only recently have we begun to enumerate.
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