Iran Heritage Foundation

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Golha Digitisation Project

The Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) is raising funds for the Golha project. This project will create a free online database containing the complete archive of all 1,616 Golha radio programmes produced between 1956 and 1979, a veritable encyclopaedia of classical Persian poetry and music. This musical archive will be available in perpetuity to a worldwide audience. The archive’s custom software will allow users to search the database by different categories, including musician, vocalist, composer, reciter, and poet, as well as by dastgah, gusheh, poem, literary and musical genre, and poetic meter. It will include biographies of all the poets and artists included in the programmes. In addition, it will offer users the opportunity to download the musical notes for the taranas.

In the past music lovers, and particularly students and scholars of classical Persian poetry and music, have had very limited access to this vast and rich collection of Iranian masters and artists. This online archive will provide them with a valuable research tool and learning resource, which will have a lasting impact on Iranian studies. 

This unique and ambitious project is projected to cost IHF £100,000 to complete. Every single contribution, however small or large, is important in helping us reach this goal. Please contribute generously and help us save this rich part of Iran’s cultural heritage, and make it available to future generations. 

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor this project and donations will be quickly processed and passed to IHF, earmarked specifically for this project. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on behalf of IHF where the donor is eligible for this.

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