The Story of Zohreh & Taher
Dotar & Vocals: Mohammad Hossein Yeganeh
Collected & Researched by: Fozie Majd
Ostad Mohammad-Hosseyn Yegane (1918-1992), one of northern Khorasan's outstanding dotarists and performer of popular legendary romances, was born in Ghuchan, a town situated in the crossroad of various Turkish, Turkoman and Kurdish tribes settled around and about the vicinity of northern Khorasan. This local cultural scene was further enriched by the traditional recitations of Ferdowsi's Book of Kings with its characteristic popular narrative style, and the performance of Passion plays concerning the martyrdom of certain Imams, the Ta-a-ziye, which incorporates certain sections of the music of the Dastgahs.
Yegane had been born and lived his life in such a rich cultural heritage. He had started playing the dotar at the age of fifteen and his main teacher, Ostad Mohammad Jozani, had appeared one day as Yegane was practicing the dotar in his barber's shop. The Ostad was already in his seventies, and had been the pupil of the celebrated Gholam Hosseyn Zirevagi. ...