Mohammad Taghi Kahnamouee (1919 – 1984)

Mohammad-Taghi Kahnamouee (1919-1984) was born in Tehran, Iran. Having played in more than one hundred movies as a graduate of Acting High School, Kahnamouee’s activity as a writer was overshadowed.

His premier on stage dates back to 1943 with portable theater groups. His first appearance in a movie was in 1965 named Morad and Laleh and directed by Saber Rahbar (b. 1931). Kahnamouee has written two librettos both of which have been adopted to music by the renowned Iranian composer Hossein Dehlavi (b. 1928).

The couple’s first collaboration, Children’s Songs took place in the 70s. Having bought the musical notebook of children’s songs from Germany, Dehlavi asked Kahnamoue to compose children’s poetry based on that music. After this book was published in 1976, Hossein Dehlavi started writing an opera for children based on Kahnamouee’s libretto. This opera was completed in 1979. It was never performed due to the ban of women’s soloist’s singing though.

Mani and Mana opera has been also translated into German and English. Neither of these translations have been performed either. Mani and Mana’s libretto is the story of a little girl whose lamb is stolen by a wolf. The little girl manages to rescue the lamb by the help of jungle animals. This opera is written for soloists, adult, teenger and children’s choruses and Symphony  Orchestra. Only the instrumental part of this opera has been recorded under the button of Alexander (Ali) Rahbari (b. 1946).


  • Oh Mortal Month of May!

    In the midst of the Covid19 pandemic, May 2021 is marked by a huge cultural loss, as regrettably seven eminent and irreplaceable figures of culture, arts and literature of Iran passed away during this month

  • Mansour Owji [1937-2021]

    BIO BRIEF Mansour Owji (November 30, 1937 – May 8, 2021) was a contemporary Iranian poet and writer. He was born in the Darb-e-Astane Seyyed […]

  • Mohammad Qazvini [1877-1949]

    Qazvini, Mohammad (Tehran, 30th March 1877 – 27th May 1949) [10th Farvardin 1256 – 6th Khordad 1328]. A pioneer in the field of literary and […]

  • May 2016

    1. Painter Parviz Kalantari dies at 85 The diligent artist and illustrator Parviz Kalantari, famous for his indigenous drawings of Iranian nomadic life passed away […]

  • May 2015 Roundup

    I. The 28th Tehran Int’l Book Fair Held Tehran International Book Fair is annually held in May as a social and cultural phenomenon with book […]

  • Badiozzaman Forouzanfar Award

    Professor Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (originally named Mohammad-Hassan Boshruyei) was born on 12 July 1904 in Boshruyeh of Ferdows County and passed away on May 6, 1970. His […]

  • Reza Amirkhani [b. 1973]

    BIO BRIEF Born in Tehran a few years before the Islamic Revolution, Reza Amirkhani is a true representative of the Revolution Generation, or as they […]

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.