27 Aug 2007, 12:38pm
Music Nostalgia

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Elahe is Dead

Elahe Iranian Singer

Iranian singer Elahe (also spelled “Elaheh”) died recently, following by just a few months the death of Mahasti. There are a few great videos of her on YouTube, below. This one is very scratchy but it looks like it’s from the ’50s, and the camera work is so strange:

This video is more recent but unfortunately mostly features shots of her accompanist:

And here’s another older video of Elahe singing, accompanied by famous Iranian pianist Anoushirvan Rohani:

Elahe became a controversial figure after the revolution because of her alleged support of the MKO. In an interview with Elahe, Anne Singleton, formerly a British MKO supporter, quizzed her at length on her involvement with that organization and Elahe essentially says she was conned into performing at the MKO’s concerts. Of Elahe’s political entanglements, Darius Kadivar writes:

Elahe never became a full member of the MKO but as explained in her interview had accepted to sing for Iranians abroad and was seductively approached by MKO members and isolated from her initial apolitical audience. Ironically Elahe was actually at the forefront of the Former Imperial Regime’s campaign of modernization that was spearheaded by the Shah of Iran in the aftermath of the Mossadegh years.

See Kadivar’s piece on Persian Mirror or BBC Persian (Persian text only) for more.

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1 Aug 2010, 12:27pm
by Soheyla

Thank you for loading these lovely memories!!


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