Art and Experience: Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz, an actor from Iran’s early golden generation of such stage and screen artists as Ezzatollah Entezami, Ali Nasirian, Jamshid Mashayekhi and Davud Rashidi has issued the statement for this year’s National Dramatic Arts Day.

The director of Iran’s Dramatic Arts Center, Shahram Karami, and the director of the Iranian Association of Dramatic Arts, Hamid Nili, met Keshavarz at his home in Tehran last Wednesday to receive the statement, the Dramatic Arts Center announced on Thursday.

“As quickly as the time is passing, we have realized how much we need your presence, energy, smiles and advice,” Karami told Keshavarz at the meeting.

“Your generation has enriched our dramatic arts so much and given them an identity, and this structure stands based on the strong foundation that you laid,” he added.

“It’s a great honor that you have written the statement for this year’s National Dramatic Arts Day,” Karami noted.

Iran will celebrate the National Dramatic Arts Day simultaneously with World Theater Day on March 27. The Dramatic Arts Center asks a veteran stage artist every year to issue the statement of the National Dramatic Arts Day.

“We should regard this occasion as an omen of good fortune since it helps people get closer to theater,” 88-year-old Keshavarz said.

He has played roles in numerous memorable movies including “Mother”, “Kamalolmolk” and “Delshodegan” by Ali Hatami, as well as “Through the Olive Trees” by Abbas Kiarostami and “Once Upon a Time, Cinema” by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

He has also acted in several popular TV series such as “Sarbedaran” and “Hezar-Dastan”.

“Having dignity is my first advice to the younger people who join the theatrical community,” Keshavarz said.

He also asked the younger generation of stage artists to read as well, so as to raise their knowledge of Persian literature and culture.

Keshavarz also autographed a poster for the National Dramatic Arts Day at the end of the meeting.

Source: Tehran times