Abolhasan Saba

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Abol Hasan Saba
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Abol Hasan Saba
Background information
Born (1902-04-15)April 15, 1902
Origin Tehran, Iran
Died December 19, 1957(1957-12-19) (aged 55)
Genres Persian music
Occupation(s) composer
Instruments violin, setar

Abol Hasan Sabā (April 15, 1902 - December 19, 1957), (Persian: ابوالحسن صبا ‎‎) was a renowned Persian musician, composer, violinist, and setar player.[1]


He was born in Tehran to Abul Qasim Khan Kamal ol-Saltaneh, son of Mohammad Jafar Khan Sadr ol-Hekma, son of Mahmud Khan Kashi Malak ol-Shoara Sadr ol-Shoara Saba ol-Shoara, son of Mohammad Hossain Khan Malak ol-Shoara. He studied several of Iranian and non Iranian musical instruments and became an Ostad in Radif, but selected violin and setar as his specific instruments. He was a student of Mirza Abdollah as well as Darvish Khan.[1]

Saba is considered one of Iran's most influential figures in traditional and instrumental Persian music.[1][2]

The graveside of Saba is prohibited from visitor access. His father's tomb in the same cemetery, seen here, is open to the public. The cemetery is located in Darband, Shemiran, Tehran.

Notable Pupils[edit]

Manoochehr Sadeghi (left), Ostad Saba (middle), Faramarz Payvar (right)

Amongst his many students who went on to become great masters of Persian traditional music were Faramarz Payvar, Manoochehr Sadeghi Habibollah Badiei, Rahmatollah Badiyi, Abbas Emadi, Ali Tajvidi, Mahmoud Tajbakhsh, Sassan Sepanta, Saeid Gharachorloo, Parviz Yahaghi, Dariush Safvat, Gholam-Hossein Banan and Hossein Tehrani.

He died in 1957 and was buried in Tehran's Zahir o-dowleh Cemetery of artists and musicians.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/arts/021206_la-cy-saba.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.hamshahrionline.ir/news-101815.aspx
  • Separ, Mohammad Taqi Lesan ol-Mamalek. Tarikh-e Qajarieh. A Chronicle of the Qajar Period from Shah Quli Khan Qajar to Naser ed-din Shah's first six years.