Ahmad Aqvam-Shokuhi who has performed Naqareh during religious rituals at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad for 72 years was honored for his lifetime achievements during the closing ceremony of the Razavi Sounds and Melodies Festival on Saturday.

Naqareh is a long wind instrument that is played from minarets or cities’ towers.

The ceremony took place at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall, Persian media reported on Sunday.

The 90-year old Aqvam-Shokuhi has been playing the naqareh in the holy shrine for the past 72 years.

“I have been playing the instrument for many years. I have never had a day off. Every day, 20 minutes before sunrise, 20 minutes before eight in the morning, 20 minutes before sunset and after evening prayers we play the naqareh,” he said in his short speech at the ceremony.

The event was part of the 15th edition of the Imam Reza (AS) International Festival underway in 31 Iranian provinces and 70 countries around the world.

Soource: Tehran Times