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Publish Date: 06 July 2017

Why was publication of Ahangaran’s book postponed to these years? Why was there no effort done by the governmentsto collect and write a book about this dominant voice of the 80s? Office of Literature and Art of Defense has published so many brilliant books so far, but what do they have to say about this negligence? How is that an organization with so much power in literature and art has neglected this issue?Before this book, nothing was written about the main element of advertisement in war: Ahangaran! There must have been other priorities and necessities!!

During war, Sadegh Ahangaran left his individual character and soon became a metaphorical media, known as "Khomeini’s nightingale”. The media that enemy tried to silence many times. Iraqis even tried to demoralize combatants by spreading false rumor of his death.What other media had such a strategic influence that having it alive would have helped national security? We’ll talk about Our opinion on this issue and thiscultural and historical negligence another time.

We want to express our gratitude toward the manly effort of a young man who revived part of our cultural heritage by his effort and endeavor. He collected "book of Ahangaran”, memoirs of Ahangaran after more than 20 years, and added it to the great collection of books related to war. The book has its own strong and weak points.

The book is called "Book of Ahangaran”which is a waking call for authorities and their endless publication of unimportant books in the field of sacred defense.

Book of Ahangaran is the most completed collection of historical documents, texts and sound of nohas during the imposed war. The writer’s precision in collecting the book and nohas is appreciable. The book consists of text and birth certificate of nohas. The audio file of nohas is provided with the book. Most nohas during war were transformed from cassettes tapes to digital audio tracks and put in a CD.Mazd-Abadi, collector of the book, has tried to collect original versions of each noha’s performance. The writer has mentioned in the book that each noha was performed several times in different locations and time. The most popular performance has been included in the CD. This part of the book, which covers about three fourth of it, is invaluable. Before this book, maybe even Ahangaran himself had no access to such information.

Another important feature of the book is birth certificate of nohas. Although they’re not complete but they are unprecedented and priceless. For each noha, information such as name of the poet, time, location and the occasion for each performance is written. This is an explicit resume for cultural activities during war. In addition to Habibollah Mo’alemi, the great poet of Ahangaran’s memorable songs, names of other poets are also mentioned in the book.In addition tothe book’s literary and historical research on the poems, one can perceive their cultural value and become familiar with war singers.

Interesting and strange memories are told in the book and after reading them we can see that Ahangaran deserves to be called super star of the 80s.  A star whose photos were sold 500 times a day by a shopkeeper and he sometimes signed them for his fans. Sometimes photos of Ahangaran werefound in pockets or stuff of martyrs of war. These aspects of his life and his memories, displays a new side of this revolutionary star of art and culture.

Ahangaran’s great control over his considerable popularity among combatants and people can be a lesson for young revolutionary artists of these years. Artists who want to learn how to solve problems and difficulties of being a popular figure and yet maintain their image and approachability, must pay attention to his life style in this book.

This book is one of the best sources for producing ten movies and documentaries full of interesting and refreshing stories. The book has many comedy situations along with dramatic characterizationin contrast situations. One night, the popular star of the 80s was going to perform somewhere with his driver. They get lost on the road and end up at the edge of a cliff with half of their car dangling in the air. This and lots of other attractive stories can be found among memories of the most popular panegyrist and singer of sacred defense.

This book is just a start for other books to be written about him. It’s hard to believe that there are only 300 pages of memories from private and revolutionary life of Ahangaran. This thin book reveals humble character of Ahangaran and writer’s inability to extract more form him. A lot more has to be said about Ahangaran’sgreat nohas.It’s a pity that after so many years of his silence, he still has untold memories in his chest. I hope that this short-coming will be solved in next versions of the book and more and more detailed stories will be added to it.

By Mohsen Safaee-Fard

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