Ahmad Ebadi

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Ahmad Ebādi
Ahmad Ebadi.jpg
Born Ahmad Ebādi
Tehran, Iran
Died 1993 (aged 86–87)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Musician, player of Setār
Tomb of Ahmad Ebadi

Ahmad Ebādi[1] (1906–1993)[2] (Persian: احمد عبادی) was an Iranian musician and setar player. Born in Tehran, he was a member of the most extraordinary family of Iranian music. Ahmad's father, Mirza Abdollah, is arguably the most influential figure in Persian traditional music, and his paternal uncle, Mirza Hossein Gholi, is also well known for his mastery in playing the tar. Ahmad's paternal grandfather, Ali Akbar Farahani, was also a talented musician.

Ahmad started learning music at an early age. At the age of seven, he was able to play tombak to accompany his father. Unfortunately he lost his father soon thereafter, but continued his education with his sisters, especially Moloud Khanom. He became one of the best setar players of all time. For years he played on Iranian radio especially in a program called Golha, produced by Davood Pirnia. Ebadi had a unique style in playing the setar. He also invented a variety of different tunings for setar.

He died in 1992 and is buried in Emamzadeh Taher Cemetery in Karaj.[3]


  1. ^ Master Ahmad Ebādi (استاد احمد عبادی) is the more commonly used name.
  2. ^ 1285 – 1371 AH.
  3. ^ Photograph of the gravestone of Ahmad Ebadi: [1].


  • Haghighat, A., Honarmandān-e Irani az Āghāz tā Emrooz, Koomesh Publications, 2004 (in Persian).
  • Khaleghi, R., Sargozasht-e Musighi-e Iran, Ferdowsi Publications, 1955 (in Persian).

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