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Elaheh was one of the best known female vocalists in Iran before the 1979 revolution. Her singing career spanned more than half a centuryand included several performances for the popular National Radio programme Golha, which was host to many highly esteemed Iranian vocalists. During this time she collaborated with famous Iranian composers and soloists, and the fruits of these collaborations include some of the most popular songs in classical Persian music. She also performed at the Albert Hall, London.
Her best-known songs works include Rosvayeh Zamaneh (Revealed to the World) and Az khoon-e Javanan-e Vatan Laleh Damideh (Tulips grow from the blood of the country’s youth). Her songs were used in the first radio programme on air announcing the new republic. After the Islamic revolution, however, her singing career, like those of many other female singers, came to an abrupt end when female vocalists were banned from public performances. Elaheh then fled the country for the US, where she worked in Los Angeles during the 1980s and 1990s.
While living abroad Elaheh’s career took a controversial turn when she collaborated with the exiled group Mujahidin, which she later denounced as more of an “extremely narrow and strict cult” than an intellectual organisation of freedom...
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