A reminder of top Iranian musician, composer

Ali-Hossein Bayat Zarandi, better known as Babak Bayat, was born on June 13, 1946, in Tehran.

His father wanted him to become an athlete and go to an officer’s college and start a military life, but he chose music and entered the Higher Conservatory of Music.

Babak was 19 years old when he started working at the Tehran Opera and became acquainted with classical and world music under the supervision of Evelyn Baghtcheban, Samin Baghtcheban, and Nosratullah Zaboli.

He began his artistic career as an official singer in the Baghtcheban Choir.

After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Bayat continued his musical activity with his friend Ebrahim Zalzadeh and with the “dandelion cassette,” Samad Behrangi’s biography.

He was repeatedly nominated for the Crystal Simorgh Award in the field of soundtrack at the Fajr Film Festival and received this award twice in 1991 and 1997.

Bayat wrote about 90 film music and cooperated with around 50 singers; therefore, his name will be renowned for years because of his role in uplifting music in Iran.

The great musician and composer died on November 26, 2006, due to liver failure and was buried in Tehran.


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