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Naqqali, Iranian dramatic story-telling. ©UNESCO 2010
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Naqqali, Iranian dramatic story-telling

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Summary/Historical Context

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Naqqali dramatic performance has long played an important role in Iranian society, from the courts to the villages. The performer - the Naqqal - recounts stories in verse or prose accompanied by gestures and movements, and sometimes instrumental music and painted scrolls. Both entertainers and bearers of Persian literature and culture, Naqqals need to be acquainted with local cultural expressions, languages and dialects, and traditional music. Naqq?li requires considerable talent, a retentive memory and the ability to improvise with skill to captivate an audience.

on this subject: Nomination file / Dossier de candidature

Place/country: Iran,
Series: 2011 Inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List/Inscriptions 2011 sur la liste de sauvegarde urgente
Type: Documentary
Credits: Hamid Dehghanpour (director), Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (publisher),
Published in: 2010

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