Art and Experience: The winners of the first annual Davud Rashidi Awards, which was launched by late actor Davud Rashidi’s family to honor cultural figures with outstanding achievements, were announced during a ceremony at the main hall of Tehran’s City Theater Complex on Saturday evening.
In its design, the award is composed of a rectangular cube, the upper part of which is stair-shaped and decorated with a crystal plate bearing an inscription reading, “The Play Goes on.”
Four awards were presented including one to actor and director Hassan Majuni in recognition of his contribution to theater.
“This award is very significant for me,” Majuni said after accepting the award from actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya.
Rashid’s widow, Ehteram Borumand, addressed Majuni onstage and said, “The idea of giving this award to you first came to my mind, because you, like Davud Rashidi, spend all your time thinking about theater and also observing theaters in other towns.”
64-year-old director Alireza Davudnejad was another honoree who received the award from director Marzieh Borumand, who said, “Davudnejad displays all the good characteristics that Davud Rashidi considered important for an artist to have.”
In his acceptance speech, Davudnejad recounted memories of his first meeting with Rashidi and expressed his happiness over receiving the award from his family.
The other two awards were presented to two veteran journalists Amid Naeini and Mohsen Mirzai.
Veteran actor Davud Rashidi, star of memorable movies like Kiumars Purahamd’s “Bibi Chelcheleh”, Ali Hatami’s “Kamalolmolk”, and the acclaimed TV series “Hezardastan” and “Mokhtarnameh”, died on August 26, 2016 at the age of 83.