Qamar-ol-Molouk Vaziri (Born: 1905 in Takestan, Qazvin, Iran - Died: 6 August 1959 in Tehran, Iran) was the first woman in Iran to sing in front of men and still have a good reputation. Vaziri's first formal performance took place at Tehran Grand Hotel in 1924. Vaziri is known as the "Queen of Persian music". Her contributions to Persian Music, opening up doors for future Iranian performers such as: Delkash, Marzieh, Vigen, Googoosh, Mahasti, Hayedeh, Sattar, Dariush, Nooshafarin etc. can be seen to this day.
Vaziri was born to her widowed mother, Tuba in Takestan county in Qazvin in Northern Iran. Her father died a few months before she was born. Her mother died 1 month after Vaziri was born and had no choice but was raised by her grandmother. Under the care of her grandmother she had the education that even the most prestigious Iranian women didn't have. It was an Islamic school (maktab). Her grandmother decided to raise her grand daughter in Tehran. Vaziri would accompany her elderly grandmother starting at age seven to religious recitals. Vaziri's grandmother had a prestigious title in the Islamic music world.
In 1924 she made her first appearance on stage without a hejab at the Tehran Grand Hotel, which was very unusual in Iranian society (both singing on stage in front of men and without a hijab). She was the first woman to sing in front men and opened the door for many female entertainers this was true in Iran until the Islamic revolution 60 years later. Vaziri throughout her career devoted her time to eradicate this stigma against female performers in Iran. Vaziri gave performances in not only Tehran but in cities throughout Iran such as: Hamedan, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashhad, etc. Vaziri was the first female singer in Iran to perform in front of men and to be thought of as a lady. Vaziri gave Iranians a new image for entertainers.
Vaziri was born in Takestan, Qazvin, Iran. Vaziri was raised in Central Tehran's middle-class neighborhood of Sangelaj. From the time she was a baby, by her grandmother. Vaziri devoted 35 years of her life to performing and changing Iranian society to fit the modern world. Vaziri never married.
Retirement and Death
In 1956 after many years of singing she retired. On 6 August 1959 she died in Tehran, Iran. The Tehran radio station paid her a meager super annual salary. Even though throughout her career she didn't earn very much money she still gave most of what she earned to the poor and she herself died in poverty. She was buried at Zahir o-dowleh cemetery in Shemiran, Tehran, Iran.