Famous Iranians > Poets > KATAYOUN'S REFRESHING RECITALS BY MILAD MOLAVI
An Iranian Poet Revives Tradition
'These beautiful recitations of the original Persian poems innovatively transpose the tradition of poetry and musical performance practiced by Mowlana Rumi, himself, into a fully modern mode. Thoughtfully chosen from the vast repertoire of Rumi's ghazals, sensitively accompanied and exquisitely rendered by Katayoun's voice, these performances make the musically meditative traditions of sama fresh and alive for today's listeners.' -Franklin Lewis, one of the most prominent scholars of our time and Author of 'Rumi Past and Present, East and West”
Katayoun Goudarzi is the author of Eshgh O Vahdat, a selection of Rumi’s ghazals with commentary and references on the selections. A resident of New Jersey, Katayoun started writing and reciting poetry at the age of 7 and made her debut in 2006 on Volume I of Rooz O Shab, Poetry of Rumi. The music for this album was composed and performed by Ostad Derakhshani. Rooz O Shab has been played in over 500 radio stations in the United States.
We had a chance to talk to her recently.
Milad Molavi: Who is Katayoun Goudarzi?
Katayoun Goudarzi: I am lover of classical Persian poetry. I have been reading and writing poetry for most of my life.
MM: What is the story of your immigration to the US?
KG: My brother moved to the US when he was a teenager and I basically followed in his footsteps.
MM: What does it take to be a performer of Classical Persian Poetry?
KG: In my opinion, there are two requirements. An in-depth understanding of the poems you are reciting as well as an emotional connection to the poetry. Finally it is important to have a mentor which in my case is Dr Mohammad Estelami who has the scholarly view and corrects my recitation.
MM: Is your album with Imamyar Hasanov a selection of Rumi’s poetry as well?
KG: It is a selection of poems by Attar, Rumi, Hafez, Baba Tahir and Tahireh.
MM: Who are your favorite poets, and who has had the biggest influence on you?
KG: My favorite poets are Rumi, Attar, Hafez and Tahireh. However I am mostly influenced by Rumi.
MM: What is the sweetest memory of your life?
KG: A poem my sister once wrote for my birthday. She was very young and the poem was very simple. But it could not have been any more heartfelt. I still have the poem and every time I read it, it brings tears to my eyes.
MM: What is the most bitter memory of your life?
KG: My father’s passing last year.
MM: What would be a big dream-come-true for you?
KG: To have the opportunity to recite along side of one of my favorite composers, whose name I will leave out for the time being.