The two-day exhibition of Iranian musical instruments in China is the first of its kind.
Iranian businessmen took an initiative to promote trade with China by sending a taste of music including a collection of 47 different types of traditional Persian musical instruments for an exhibit at the Iranian Embassy, IRNA reported.
These instruments include qichak (an ancient Iranian classical instrument which is comprised of a dual box, and the surface of the lower one is covered by a hide), rebab (rebab is the name of several related bowed string instruments that independently spread via Islamic trading routes over much of North Africa, Middle East, and parts of Europe), kamancheh (spiked fiddle), naqareh (Middle Eastern drum with a rounded back and a hide head, usually played in pairs), dotar khorasan, dotar turkaman, tonbak (Iranian goblet drum), qanun (a string instrument played either solo, or more often as part of an ensemble), santoor (dulcimer), shurangiz (which has a unique sound table consisting of a wooden panel suspended in the center of a membranous outer section, six strings, a longer, finer fingerboard and increased number of frets compared to its original prototype setar), benjo (a type of zither fitted with a keyboard, commonly used in the music of Balochistan and Sindh), Baluchi qichak and dholak (a two-headed hand-drum from the Indian Subcontinent).
China Radio International quoted an Iranian visitor to the exhibition as saying that music in some local areas in China is so close to Iranian music that the Chinese musicians play Iranian instruments and joint concerts can be organized.
"I have never seen such a collection of different models of Iranian musical instruments together," the visitor said, adding that this could strengthen the cultural bonds between the two nations.