‘Distant memories’ by Iranian artist Tara Behbahani in Tehran (Photos)

Golestan Gallery hosted ‘Distant memories’, a painting exhibtion by Tara Behbahani.

Tara Behbahani (born 1983) has been learning tricks and techniques of sculpturing with her mother, and painting with her father, who himself is one of the most famous contemporary artists, Taha Behbahani, since early childhood. She has been studied Art and Mathematics along side each other and after completing her university studies in Mathematics she started to research the relationship between art and geometry in Eastern Art.

She has participated in several exhibitions in Iran and abroad and has written about Islamic and Eastern Art in various magazines. For the past 12 years she has been teaching painting to youth and children.

Sources: tarabehbahani.com, mopcap.com, Honar Online, Instagram @tarabehbahani, Golestan Gallery

Iranians gather in front of the French embassy in Tehran to show their sympathy for victims of Paris attacks (Photos)

Iranian People placed flowers and candles outside the ‪French‬ embassy in ‪‎Tehran‬ to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly attacks in ‪Paris‬ November 13. The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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Iran’s women win silver medal at the Asian Canoe Polo Championships in Hong Kong (Photos)

The 16th Asian Canoe Polo Championships have been held in October 2015 in Hong Kong, with over 200 players in four categories (Men, U21 Men, Women, U21 Women) from eleven participating countries (Brunei, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong).

Iran, Singapore, Chinese Taipei and Japan dominated the finals of the Championships. Each of them respectively won a championship in the end. Iran won a total of four medals (one gold, two silver and one bronze) and the top scorer titles in the U21 men and women categories.

Singapore’s women canoe polo team defeated five-time defending champions Iran 3-1 in the final, winning the title for the first time. Singapore had fallen to Iran at the final hurdle thrice (2005, 2009 and 2013). Iran’s U21 women team cut Singapore’s title hopes winning the final 5-1. Iran men won bronze after future champion Japan defeated them 7-6 in the semifinals. The U21 team lost 2-6 to Chinese Taipei in the final to settle for a silver medal.

Photos of the Iranian team during the championship in Hong Kong

The Asian Canoeing Championships are subdivided into three tournaments: canoe sprint, canoe slalom and canoe polo. Canoe polo is a combination of canoeing and water polo. The canoes that are used are lighter and shorter than a conventional one, for easier manoeuvrability. Two teams of five players attempt to score using a water polo ball in an area slightly smaller than an Olympic-sized pool. The game can be played in a swimming pool or a lake. The 20-minute game is divided into two halves, with a three-minute interval. The players score by sending the ball into a goal, which is suspended 2m above the water’s surface. Besides using the paddles, players can also use their hands to pass the ball, similar to the practice in water polo. Each player has to wear protective gear such as helmet, vest and face guard.

Sources: Wikipedia | Asian Canoeing Championships, The Straits Times, Asian Canoe Confederation, Iran Daily, Fars News, Sportsoho

Photo Series: Autumn in Iran – Along the Zayanderud, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari

Zayanderud (literally ‘river that gives life’) is the largest river in the central plateau of Iran. It starts in the Zagros mountain range in western Iran and runs 400km to the east before ending in the Gavkhouni Swamp, a seasonal salt lake, southeast of Isfahan city, in the central part of the country.

The Zayanderud Dam had its floodgates opened on Friday to supply the water required for farmers’ autumnal crop growing. The increase in discharge of the Zayanderud is making the landscape along the river even more enjoyable (see photos below).

Photos: The Zayanderud flowing through Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari on its way to the city of Isfahan

Sources: Tasnim News Agency, PressTV

Iran’s South Khorasan Province: Kolah Farangi, Birjand

The Kolah Farangi Citadel is located in Birjand in South Khorasan Province. It was built during the late Zand and early Qajar era between the years 1848 and 1895. The structure is a unique landmark of Birjand and was constructed by Amir Hassan Khan Sheybani. It consists of the garden, the stable, the bathhouse, the offices, and the reception hall.

The building has a hexagonal base, a white conical top and is six stories high. The main entrance is preceded by a roofed area containing some eye-catching arcs. The interior of the ground floor has a number of different rooms which are connected by hallways. In its center there is a room containing a pool which can be accessed from many different entrances. It is situated approximately a meter lower than the rest of the floor and is octagonal in shape. The pool helps keep optimum ventilation throughout the building.

The Kolah Farangi Citadel is registered as national cultural heritage site number 1880. Today it is used as Southern Khorasan’s governorship offices and storage space.

Sources: Dream of Iran, Historical Iran

Iran wins sixteen medals at the Asian Canoe Sprint Championships in Palembang, Indonesia

The 16th Asian Canoeing Championships, hosted in Palembang, Indonesia from November 4th to November 8th,  were attended by 500 athletes from 21 countries: Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam. Unfortunately athletes from Nepal and Pakistan were not able to attend the event due to a delay in their visas.

Iran had a very succesfull run winning a total of sixteen medals (five gold, five silver and six bronze). Kazakhstan dominated the tournament, grabbing the most medals.

Results – Senior
Women C1 200m Fatemeh Karamjani (Gold)
Women C1 500m Fatemeh Karamjani (Silver)

Men K4 1000m Ali Aghamirzaei / Babak Darban / Farzin Asadi / Amin Boudaghi (Gold)
Men C1 200m Adel Mojallalimoghadam (Bronze)
Men K1 1000m Farzin Asadi (Bronze)
Men K2 200m Ali Ojaghu / Seyedkia Eskandanihahosseini (Bronze)
Men K2 1000m Ali Aghamirzaei / Amin Boudaghi (Bronze)

Photos: Iranian canoe athletes at national and international canoeing competitions

Results – Junior
Women K1 200m Mina Abdolahi (Gold)
Women K2 500m Ebrahimi / Tahmasabi (Gold)
Women C1 200m Atena Raofi (Bronze)
Women K1 500m Mina Abdolahi (Bronze)

Men C1 1000m Nabi Rezayi (Gold)
Men K1 1000m Alireza Farmande (Silver)
Men K2 1000m Masoud/Sharifi (Silver)

Dragon boat races
Women 200m (Silver)
Women 500m (Silver)

Sources: Wikipedia | 2015 Asian Canoe Sprint Championships, palembantribunnews.com, antarasumsel.com I, antarasumsel.com IIantarasumsel.com III, The Straits Times, Mehr News 1, womencanintl.com, Mehr News 2

Iran wins silver at the 2015 Futsal Grand Prix in Brazil

Brazil defeated Iran 4 to 3 to win the final game of the 2015 Futsal Grand Prix in Uberaba, Brazil.

Iran advanced to the finals after defeating Paraguay 2:0 and after achieving 9 of 9 possible points in Pool B by winning 7:3 against Uruguay, 4:1 against Colombia and 7:0 against Angola.

The host nation is the most successful team in the history of the tournament with nine titles while Spain has won the competition once in 2010. Iran has finished in second place three times and in third place two times out of ten editions.

The Grand Prix de Futsal, first held in 2005, is an international futsal competition of the same kind of the FIFA Futsal World Championship but with invited nations and held annually in Brazil.

Sources: Facebook | CBFS, Mehr News, Wikipedia | 2015 Grand Prix de Futsal