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Vahishta: The Calling of the Angels
November 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST$20
Vahishta is a multinational performance of traditional dance and music, acting, song, poetry, and art with artists from and representing countries of Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, England, Italy, and the United States.
Vahishta comes from the word “Asha Vahishta” (the creators of the cosmos). Their name means “immortal spirits”. They are angels of Devotion, Truth/Righteousness, Wholeness, Good Purpose, and are the protectors of humanity. When humanity calls, the Vahishtas unify their power and enter a human body so that they can contribute to the fight against evil in a physical form. Only the pure of heart can call the Vahishta!
Each performer possesses a talent that will embody the pure essence of their Angel/Vahishta. It is believed that this essence contains great power, this can ignite each human being watching to create personal change. Collectively we can use this energy to create global change and unify the Earth.
It has been more than 7000 years since the Vahishtas have been summoned. In the Book of Avesta (The Zoroastrian Holy Book) it is stated that a time will come that Ahriman (The Dark Lord) will rise to power creating war, destruction, disease, hatred, and drought. Thus the battle between Good and Evil will begin.
The time is now to defeat the Dark Lord and evil that threatens to consume the planet. We are the Vahishtas!
Online Event via Zoom with live and recorded performances: $20
Our performing angels include Maliheh Shirvanian, Paria Parvizi, Michael Hedman, Jeffrey Ames, Yasaman Ahmadbadi, Laaya Hamsi, Kiana Gholamy, Alisha Nanwani, Maryam Shirvanian, Elisa Omassi, and…
Farima BerenjiFarima Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, choreographer, instructor, lecturer, dance ethnologist, and archaeologist specializing in classical, folkloric, and sacred dances of Persia and the Silk Road. Her training spans a lifetime of intensive collaboration and research with master artists, scholars, and spiritual teachers worldwide. She is the founder and artistic director of the Simorgh Dance Collective, a worldwide collaborative devoted to teach dance technique, interpret, illustrate, present, and perform dances of the Silk Road. Farima performs, offers workshops, and lectures worldwide upon request and has appeared in the US, UK, Austria, Czech Republic, Turkey, Mauritius, and Iran. Read more..
Nariman AssadiNariman Assadi was born in Hamedan, Iran on January 1, 1992. Raised in Tehran, he always felt drawn to percussion instruments. At the age of thirteen, he began studying tombak under Master Amir Mogharab Samadi. From 2008 to 2013, Nariman performed at Vahdat Hall as a soloist and with the Persian Percussion Ensemble at Pars Academy, the premier music academy for children. After mastering tombak, he then began learning Daf under the great Master Bijan Kamkar. With a strong understanding of the daf and tombak, Nariman started learning barbat (Oud) under Master Mohammad Firouzi.
In 2015, Nariman immigrated to the United States. He immediately began his professional music career by performing and attending festivals. In 2017, he started learning percussion performance and world music with Professor Daniel Kennedy at Sacramento State University. Along with being a member of various ensembles, Nariman teaches daf, tombak, other percussions, and music for children in Davis, Sacramento, and the Bay Area. He also offers music classes and workshops online. Read more..