First Annual Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists Awarded To Pianist Dena Taherianfar
Monday, March 03, 2014
Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Stanford University
For the past seven years, we have been giving an annual award, named the Bita Prize for Persian Letters. The winners have been some of the most prominent Iranian writers, poets, vocalists, and playwrights of our time-from Simin Behbahani and Mohammad Reza Shajarian (the first the poet laureate of the people and the second the country’s most beloved vocalist), to Bahram Beyzaie (the eminent film-maker and playwright) and Mahshid Amirshahy (the acclaimed writer and translator). Beginning this year, with the generous support of Ms Bita Daryabari, we are launching a second award, this time dedicated to young artists. If the Bita award recognizes and celebrates a lifetime of artistic achievements, the Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists hopes to identify and help the careers of young talents. It is our belief and hope that receiving an award at Stanford will help these young artists on their quest for excellence. We are also proud to announce that this year’s award ceremonies will be held at the new Bing Concert Hall at Stanford-one of the best performance halls in the entire worldtoday.
The first winner of the Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists will be Ms Dena Taherianfar.