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Iranian Musical Instruments

International events make unique opportunities for people of different countries and cultures to know each other. Selecting a national symbol for an international exhibition is a matter of importance, because many of participants, who do not know the country or have little information about it, may judge the country through its representative. Each of Iranian musical instruments is a suitable thing to be sent to international exhibitions, since it can express various aspects of our art and culture, can familiarize people to a less unknown art of the country, and introduce the history of musical instruments development.

Firstly, one reason why selecting a musical instrument is recommended is that it could present different branches of art to people. As one may notice, one of the main differences between Iranian musical instruments and western types is the process of its manufacture. Iranian musical instruments can actually be considered as handicrafts; however, it should be mentioned that there are numerous factories in other countries which produce musical instruments. In nearly all cases, expert musicians make instruments either in their houses or in small workshops and spend weeks to create a desirable instrument which makes lovely chords and which has a fantastic shape. Moreover, sometimes a painter draws traditional portraits or landscapes on instruments. On the other hand, previous experiences have shown that if there is any chance to perform a piece, people with different tastes enjoy Iranian music.

Additionally, sending a musical instrument to an international exhibition is one of the best selections in order to introduce new branches of art. People all around the world, are familiar with Iranian carpets and rugs as a symbol. While as an economic and cultural point of view it is crucial to retain the situation of carpet at international level, the necessity of introducing other handicraft should be taken into consideration.

Most importantly, sending musical instruments to an international exhibition might create a chance to describe the historic development of musical instruments through time. One of the famous German musicians, Herbert Ulrich, believes that Iranian instruments are the primary models of many modern instruments. For example, violin is similar to an instrument named Kamancheh, but the sound of violin is more powerful and explicit than its ancestor. Santour is another Iranian instrument which is the pioneer of piano. Guitar has also a less complicated Iranian grandfather which is called Taar and is one the most favorable musical instruments among Iranian people.

In brief, I do recommend sending a musical instrument as a representative of my country. Undoubtedly, it attracts attention and familiarizes other nationalities with the fantastic background of musical instruments in Iran.

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