Iranian musicians are planning to hold charity concerts to raise funds for the quake-stricken victims of Iran’s northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.
Tar virtuoso Keyvan Saket will hold a solo concert in Tabriz, the provincial capital of East Azarbaijan, while the Sepid-o-Siah ensemble will perform in the northeastern city of Gorgan on August 30 and 31.Keyvan Saket is a composer, researcher and master player of Tar and Setar, who has held numerous national and international concerts. The Sepid-o-Siah ensemble is a traditional Persian music group which has held numerous concerts in different Iranain cities as well as Malaysia, Armenia and Tajikistan. On August 11, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Ahar, near the provincial capital Tabriz, at 15:53 local time (1123 GMT). The quake struck 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Tabriz at a depth of 9.9 kilometers (6.2 miles). Another quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted Varzaqan and Haris districts, which are located near Ahar, 11 minutes later at a similar depth. The epicenter of the quake was 49 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz. Twelve villages in Varzaqan have been completely destroyed by the earthquake and about 60 others have been partially destroyed. Thousands of people were forced to remain outdoors as at least 20 aftershocks rocked the area. Iran's Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi said on Monday that the death toll from the two powerful earthquakes in Eastern Azarbaijan Province had risen to 306, and 3,037 people were injured. TE/TE