Giti Pashaei

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Giti Pashaei
Giti Pashei.jpg
Native name
گیتی پاشایی
Born(1940-06-13)June 13, 1940
DiedMay 7, 1995(1995-05-07) (aged 54)
Tehran, Iran
Cause of deathcancer
Resting placeTehran
OccupationSinger, composer, actor
Masoud Kimiai (m. 1969–1991)
ChildrenPoulad Kimiayi (b. 1980)
RelativesJafar Mansoori (grandfather)
Musical career
Also known asGiti Pashayi, Gity
LabelsVinzomusic Ltd.

Giti Pashaei (Persian: گیتی پاشایی‎) (sometimes as Giti Pashayi, June 13, 1940 – May 7, 1995) was an Iranian singer and musician.[citation needed] Her name, "Giti", means "world" in original Pahlavi. Giti was one of the most popular Iranian singers of the late 1960s and 1970s.


Giti Pashaei was born on June 13, 1940, in Tehran, Iran. She inherited her passion for music from her grandfather, Jafar Mansoori, who was known as a poet and musician. Her early life was spent attending the master-classes of such musicians as Faramarz Payvar, Mehdi Forough and Mahmoud Karimi. She continued her education in New York, where she obtained a diploma in architecture and also studied orchestration and harmony and became a composer. She became famous with her song "Gol-e Maryam" (The Maria Flower).

In 1979, Islamic Revolution put an end to her singing career. Women were forbidden to sing in public. Later on, she composed many soundtracks for Iranian movies after the revolution in 1979. As a composer, most of the time she worked with her husband Masoud Kimiai, a film director, whom she married in 1969.

Personal life[edit]

Gravestone of Giti

Giti married to Masoud Kimiai, an Iranian film director,[1] in 1969. In the late 1980s, she moved to Hamburg, Germany, where she researched Western Church and Baroque music. The couple separated in 1991, and have a son Poulad Kimiayi, a pianist, who was born on 14 July in 1980.

She died of cancer in Tehran on 7 May 1995. Her songs and compositions are still heard abroad.



  • Miravam & Ye Del Daraam (1969)
  • Be Man Nakhand & Nemikham Doroogh Begi (1969)
  • Tasbih-e Sad Dooneh & Gol-e Maryam (1971)
  • Shadi Ba Man Ghahre & Rizeh Rizeh, (album, Persian, 1971)
  • Ki Migeh Donya Ghashange & Heyfe Harf-e Mano Del Tamoom Besheh (1972)
  • Mageh Mano Khaab Bebini & Ey Vaay Ey Vaay (1973)
  • Arezooha (1976)
  • Ghoroobe & Khoda Mehrabooneh (1976)
Memorable songs
  • Gol-e Maryam
  • Molana
  • Shirin Sokhan
  • Bot-e Ayyar
  • Lili Hozak
  • Kaniz


  • Arezooha (1995)
  • Gole Maryam (1996)
  • Rangarang: Pre-revolutionary Iranian Pop (2011, as co-artist)


as actor
  • Safar sang (The Journey of the Stone, 1978), as Fatemeh
as composer
  • Blade and Silk (1986)
  • Tigh o abrisham (1987)
  • Sorb (The Lead, 1989), as Giti Pashayi
  • The Snake Fang (1989)
  • Goroohban (The Sergeant, 1991), as Giti Pashayi


  1. ^ Ginsberg, Terri; Lippard, Chris (11 March 2010). Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema (illustrated, 2010 ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 237. ISBN 9780810873643. Retrieved 24 November 2018.

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