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Great News to share: Congratulations to Maryam Tabibzadeh on her latest book release - Husrō and Shirin

Please join us to congratulate Mrs. Maryam Tabibzadeh on her latest book release - Husrō and Shirin.


March 2018 (RALEIGH, NC) - Maryam Tabibzadeh has released a fascinating historical saga of the love affair between the king of the Persian empire and the princess of Armenia, based on a true story which is set in the 6th century.  Husrō and Shirin follow the individual lives of three people across three cities, exploring the intimate details of their lives in Iran during this period. Through the loves and losses of these characters and the telling and retelling of the stories, the reader is allowed to experience Ancient Persian culture from the inside.

From the architecture of the palaces to the rules governing relationships between men and women, the texture of this rich culture permeates the book and interweaves the realities of the time and place with the lives of these characters. By highlighting the importance of poetry in Persian culture, there are poems/songs throughout the novel which speaks of the love, tragedy, and joy that these characters experience over the years.

Speaking from a place of great familiarity with the culture, Tabibzadeh takes the reader through time to experience the feeling of these characters.
Tabibzadeh- tells the tale of Parviz and Shirin in a practiced, polished manner, capturing the poetry of the ancient story and its worldview: “That evening, when the night spread its hair, covering the world in darkness, Parviz went home and recited his prayers.”

Describing the sources of inspiration and material for her novel, Tabibzadeh credits “This novel is the translation of beautiful Epic verses written by Nezami the famous Persian poet in the 12th century based on the true love story that rivals the Romeo and Juliette and is sweeter than any other romance you have ever read. I got some facts from another famous Poet Firdausi in the 10thcentury also.

The resulting novel offers readers a glimpse at an Iran 1400 years ago that is much deeper than the headlines and much broader than the preconceptions that dominate Western media.
For all media inquiries, including requests for author interviews,  or appearances please contact:   Amanda by e-mail

Great News to share: Congratulations to Troy Homesley

Please join us to congratulate Troy Homesley, son of Fariba and Cliff  Homesley, and brother to Persia, Cyrus, and Darius, who has been named Editor in Chief of the Carolina Law Review at the University of North Carolina Law School at Chapel Hill. 
Troy attended UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate as a Morehead-Cain Scholar, graduating with Honors.  He has recently accepted a summer internship with the lawfirm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City.

Great News to share: Congratulations to Aram Lindroth

Please join us in congratulating Aram Lindroth, the winner of the 2016 Chapel Hill Philharmonia Young Artist Concerto Competition!
Congratulations also, to Aram’s parents, Dr. Katayoun Tabrizi and Professor Scott Lindroth, vice provost for the arts at Duke University.
Aram will join the Chapel Hill Philharmonia on their May 1st evening concert in Chapel Hill, performing Beethoven's Concerto No. 3 in c minor.

Great achievement by Aidin Fathalizadeh

Please join us to congratulate Dr. Aidin Fathalizadeh, recipient of an award for helping in the development of the world’s strongest and lightest material at University of California at Berkeley.

Aidin is son of Mr. Hassan and Mrs. Mahnaz Fathalizadeh who reside in Raleigh.  Aidin was one of the star students of ICSNC Persian School who continues to bring happiness to family and friends with his many achievements in life.

You can read full report of this announcement in the following 2 links:

Keven Kahoussi (Kayvan) heads to London to play soccer

Our Persian School student, Keven Kahoussi (Kayvan) will go to London to play with storied clubs. Congratulation to his wonderful and supportive parents, Karen and Kourosh Kahoussi

Accomplishment of an Iranian artist - Erika Kymia Nawabi

Please join Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina to congratulate our very own, the talented Erika Kymia Nawabi who is the winner of the Next Great Artist, season 2 of "WORK OF ART: THE NEXT GREAT ARTIST" reality show on Bravo Channel.

Erika is daughter of Ms. Golnaz and Late Ardavan Nawabi and grew up in Durham before moving to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. You can read more about her

Fourteen of the art up-and-coming artists came together to compete for $100,000 and a solo exhibit at the world renowned Brooklyn Museum. Kymia is the winner of this competition.

You can watch her interview after the announcement

Congratulations to Kymia and her family.

 Please read her interview with Persian magazine, Persianesque

Down the memory lane (May 17, 2003)

School of Farsi Language 50 students completed the 2002-2003 school year on May 17, 2003. This accomplishment was made possible by many volunteer teachers, PTA members and parents. The 1992 founder of our school, Mrs. Habibeh Ghorbani Berenjian, was recognized by lighting the candle representing the school and joining two other candles, representing our language, teachers and parents. Each teacher then lit a candle from these candles and gave flowers to her/his students as their names were called. Students and teachers formed two arcs in front of the room and sang the “Ey Iran” anthem. Shanta Motamed then performed a “Deklameh” (soliloquy) about Iran. Performances began with our Research and Presentation Class. Mrs. Afsaneh Mirbaha (Erfani) introduced objectives, challenges and accomplishments. In addition she thanked her team of teachers, Mrs. Freshteh Nassehi and Mr. Shahrokh Erfani. Presentations for this class were divided into two segments. In the first section, Mahsa Kasiri discussed Iranian Poet Sohrab Sepehri; Abtin Erfani discussed Iranian Gold medalist Wrestler Takhti; and Hooman Noori presented Distinct characteristics of Persian Carpets from many Iranian cities. Mrs. Fahimeh Alavian’s class presented an eloquent poem from Pari Zanganeh about nature. Mrs. Maryam Mahoutchian then spoke about her class’ presentation of Shahnameh and the reasons behind her selection as well as many challenges and rewards. Mrs. Mahoutchian gave an explanation of the “Rudabeh and Zaal” story during the play to ensure continuity and comprehension. To the surprise of many adults several of the students knew their part by heart and most of the students did a very good job. The Shahnameh story was presented in 3 sections with a beautiful and refreshing dance from Mrs. Homeira Rahmatabadi’s class, separating the sections. Naudereh Noori also added to the program by playing her own composition on violin. The students then participated in “Moshaereh”. Moshaereh is the artful game of intellectual poetic Ping-Pong between 2 or more people. (Next poem starts with the same alphabet letter that concluded the last poem.) Afshin Alavian, Sanaz Asadian and Tara Davoodi from Mrs.Maryam Mahoutchian’s class had memorized many lines of poetry and did a wonderful job. The 2nd half of Research and Presentation class included Iman Motamed, who discussed the life and work of Rumi; Pedram Rahmatabadi, who presented another Iranian treasure Ferdowsi; Yasi Mirdamadi who talked about characteristics of Persian Cats; and Mahsa Kasiri who presented the life and work of a recent popular Iranian poet, Forough Farrokhzad. All R&P segments were accompanied with a background slide presentation from the students with assistance from Mr. Shahrokh Erfani and Mr. Hassan Dougani. Mr. Alavian managed the sound system for the day and Kamrani Studio videotaped the entire program. These accomplishments are the results of endless efforts by loving volunteer as well as supportive parents. Teachers who make our community a richer place to live are: Mrs. Alavian, Mrs. Lotfi, Mrs. Mahoutchian, Mrs. Mirbaha (Erfani), Mrs. Motamed, Mrs. Nassehi, Mrs. Rahmatabadi, Mrs. Sanaei, Dr. Taavoni, Mrs. Teymouri, Mr. Erfani and Mr. Naeymi-Rad. Our PTA members Dr. Alavian, Dr. Davoodi, Mr. Dougani, Dr. Hamzavi and Dr. Kasiri and our Vice Principal Mrs. Alavian ensured smooth day to day operations. We also thank Forest Hills Baptist Church for providing classroom space and other facilities to our School of Farsi Language. Registration for 2003 - 2004 school year will be on Saturday August 9, from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the International House of the Forest Hills Baptist Church (corner of Dixie Trail & Clark Ave., Raleigh) Ages 4 ½ to adult can register. Space is limited. Classes will begin the following Saturday on August 16. Annual registration is $100 ($80 ICSNC members). Please call 851-5223 if you have any questions or like to volunteer. Parviz Mahoutchian Outgoing Principal I continued to serve and jointly ran the 2004-2005 school year with Mr. Dougani before stepping down in 2005. Mr. Dougani has proven his leadership. /apm
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