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This article is about Iranian singer. For 12th-century poet, see Mahsati. For the contemporary novelist, see Mahasti Shahrokhi.
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Mahasti 1970's
Background information
Birth name Eftekhar Dadehbala
Born (1946-11-16)16 November 1946
Tehran, Iran
Origin Tehran
Died 25 June 2007 (2007-06-26) (aged 60)
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1963–2007
Associated acts Hayedeh

Eftekhar Dadehbala (Persian: Eftexār Dadebālā‎‎), known as Mahasti (Persian: Mahasti‎‎, 16 November 1946 - 25 June 2007) was an Iranian singer. She was the younger sister of singer Hayedeh.


Mahasti was an Iranian singer who was recognized as the "Banooye Golhaa va Delha" (Lady of hearts & flowers). She was the younger sister of another popular Iranian female singer, Hayedeh. Mahasti's voice was discovered by maestro Parviz Yahaghi, a distinguished Iranian composer and violinist. She started her career on the Persian traditional music radio program Gol hâ ye Rangârang( گلهای رنگارنگ), in 1963, with the song "Ân ke Delam Râ Borde Xodâyâ"(Persian -آنكه دلم را برده خدایا) composed and arranged by maestro Parviz Yahaghi with lyrics from Bijan Taraghi.


In the beginning, her family was reluctant to allow her to pursue a career in entertainment because it was not appreciated by Islam for women at the time in Iran. Mahasti overcame this stigma by providing Iran with a new image for women within the entertainment industry. In 2005, she was awarded the Persian Female Pop-Classic Vocalist of Excellence by the World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media (formerly Persian Academy Awards) for over 40 years of top performance in Persian pop music. She sang more than 400 songs, contributed to more than 200 music albums with other Persian singers, and produced more than 35 music albums in which she was the only singer.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Mahsati's parents got divorced and got married to other people. When she wanted to pursue a career of singing her parents weren't happy because of society's look upon female singers at the time. Mahasti married Kouros Nazemiyan and gave birth to her only child, Sahar. Mahasti and her family lived in Abadan for several years, finally moving back to Tehran. Her marriage with Nazemiyan ultimately ended in divorce. Nazemiyan was executed by the Revolutionary Court of the new Islamic Republic shortly after revolution. Several years later she remarried, to Bahram Sanandaji, owner of a shoe factory, however their marriage was also dissolved.[citation needed]

In 1978, before the Iranian Revolution she emigrated to the UK and then to the United States in 1981 where she lived thereafter.


In March 2007, Mahasti publicly announced that she had been battling colon cancer for four years. She hoped that her experience would raise awareness within the Iranian community regarding cancer and the significance of constant physical examinations. She was then living in Santa Rosa, California with her daughter, Sahar, her husband, Naser, and their two children, Natasha and Natalie, her only grandchildren. She died on June 25, 2007 in Santa Rosa.

Mahasti was interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California on June 29, 2007 the same cemetery where her sister Hayedeh was also buried. Her funeral was broadcast live on Persian Broadcasting Company "Tapesh" and was attended by many Persian celebrities and stars and other artists including the mayor of Beverly Hills Jimmy Delshad and designer Bijan Pakzad.[citation needed]



  • 1991: Bi Nava Del
  • 1991: Gol-haye Ranga-Rang
  • 1981: Sepedeh Dam
  • 1991: Ziafat
  • 1992: Album 2
  • 1992: Asir
  • 1992: Mosafer
  • 1993: Ghasam
  • 1993: Moj
  • 1994: Nameh
  • 1994: Ashofteh
  • 1994: Beganneh
  • 1994: Havay Yaar
  • 1995: Parandeha (with Leila Forouhar, 'Shahram Solati')
  • 1995: Hagheghat
  • 1996: Bazm Mahasty & Sattar
  • 1996: Labkhand
  • 1998: Havay Asheghi
  • 1999: Avazak
  • 1999: Hamesh Ashgh
  • 1999: Tou Bezan ta Man Beraghsam
  • 2000: Deldadeh
  • 2001: Gole Gandom (with Sattar)
  • 2003: Hamisheh Sabz
  • 2005: Az Khoda Khasteh


  • 2007: Music ( With Aghdas Forouhar, andy, Aref,

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