The song ‘Mirza Kuchak Khan’ and the mournful song ‘How much do you sleep in the forest?’, written in the description of Mirza Kuchak Khan, were included on the list of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage, ISNA reported.

‘Mirza Kuchak Khan’ is the name of a folk song composed by an unknown poet in honor of the national hero. The people of the northern province of Gilan have sung this chanson many times in different styles.

The most well-known version of this ballad has been sung by the maestro Nasser Masoudi, known as ‘Nightingale of Gilan’, for the end credits of a movie about the life story of Mirza Kuchak Khan.

The chanson was nationally registered at the Tuesday meeting of the National Council for the Registration of Intangible Cultural Heritage, entitled, ‘Ballad of Mirza Kuchak Khan’.

During the same meeting, the mournful song ‘How much do you sleep in the forest?’ was also registered as the National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The registration was done by Mostafa Pourali, a senior official at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts.

The people of Gilan have composed this song in mourning for the martyrdom of Mirza Kuchak Khan.

Mirza Kuchak Khan (1880-1921) founded a revolutionary movement which was based in the forests of Gilan Province, northern Iran, known as the Jungle Movement. This uprising started in 1914 and remained active against internal and foreign enemies until 1921, when the movement was completely abandoned after the death of Mirza Kuchak Khan.

Source: Iran Daily