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Ostad Abdollah Davami

Ostad Abdollah Davami, the Founder of Persian Vocal Radif Repertoire

Ostad Abdollah Davami 
and 
Ostad Nasrollah Nasehpour



By Dr. Peyman Nasehpour


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Biography of Ostad Abdollah Davami, the Founder of Persian Vocal Radif Repertoire

The founder of Persian vocal radif repertoire and a very great master tasnif and tonbak, Ostad Abdollah Davami, was born in Ta village of Tafresh city, Iran, in 1891. As a teenager he discovered that he had a good, audible and suitable voice, so he decided to learn the elementary principles of Persian vocal music. One day he had gone to a gathering in the house of Majd-al-Mamalek that he met Ali Khan Nayeb-al-Saltaneh. After that he became the student of Ali Khan Nayeb-al-Saltaneh for learning radif and Haji Khan, Agha Jan, Sama' Hozur (santoor player) for learning tasnif, and the art of tonbak playing. Because of his talent in learning music, he became friend of great masters of his time such as Mirza Hosseingholi (tar player), Hossein Khan (kamancheh player) Darvish Khan (tar and setar player), Malek-al-Zakerin (vocalist) and Mirza Abd-al-Allah (setar player). He has trained many students. He passed away in 1980.

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A Note by Dr. Nasehpour: On May 7th, 2015, my father, Ostad Nasrollah Nasehpour and Ostad Dariush Talai gave speeches and performed for the respect ceremonies for Ostad Abdollah Davami, held in Tafresh, where Ostad Abdollah Davami was born. This is a picture of that wonderful session, sent to me by Elham Fazeli. She also sent the above MP3 performed by Ostad Davami, and so many other pictures and also the following video clips: