Giti Pashaei

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Giti Pashaei (Persian: گیتی پاشایی‎) (June 13, 1940, Tehran, Iran – May 7, 1995, Tehran) was an Iranian singer and musician. Her name, Giti, means world in original Pahlavi.


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. Giti was one of the most popular Iranian singers of the late 1960s and 1970s. She became famous with her song "Gol-e Maryam" (The Maria Flower). The Iranian Revolution put an end to her singing career in 1979. Women were forbidden to sing in public. Later on she composed many sound tracks for Iranian movies after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. As a composer, most of the time she worked with her husband Masoud Kimiai, a movie director, whom she married in 1969. In the late 1980s, she moved to Hamburg, Germany, where she researched Western Church and Baroque music.

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


As singer:

Miravam & Ye Del Daraam (album, Persian, 1969)

Be Man Nakhand & Nemikham Doroogh Begi (album, Persian, 1969)

Tasbih-e Sad Dooneh & Gol-e Maryam (album, Persian, 1971)

Shadi Ba Man Ghahre & Rizeh Rizeh, (album, Persian, 1971)

Ki Migeh Donya Ghashange & Heyfe Harf-e Mano Del Tamoom Besheh (album, Persian, 1972)

Mageh Mano Khaab Bebini & Ey Vaay Ey Vaay (album, Persian, 1973)

Arezooha (album, Persian, 1976)

Ghoroobe & Khoda Mehrabooneh (album, Persian, 1976)

Memorable songs:

Gol-e Maryam


Shirin Sokhan

Bot-e Ayyar

Lili Hozak


As actress:

The Journey of the Stone (movie, 1978), as Fatemeh

As composer:

Blade and Silk (movie, 1986)

The Lead (movie, 1988)

The Snake Fang (movie, 1989)

The Sergeant (movie, 1992)

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