Nagisa (harpist)

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Nagisa (from Persian negin ["jewel"],(Negin-Sa) [ This combination exists in other female Iranian names like : "Pari-Sa", "Mehr-Sa", "Gol-Sa", "Rokh-Sa" (Roxanne in English) ] alternately Nakisa[1]) was a master harpist and composer of the royal court of King Khosrau II of Persia (died 628 AD).[2]

She collaborated with Barbad[2] on her famous septet piece, the Royal Khosrowvani (سرود خسروانى). The main themes of her songs were in praise of King Khosrau II. She also composed the national anthem of the time.

Music flourished during the Sassanid dynasty because many rulers were patrons of art and some were even artists. Under the Sassanids, poetry, singing, music, and art grew extremely popular, and many patrons such as Khosrow Parviz and Ardeshir protected and promoted musicians. Several musicians, like Ramtin, Bamshad, Barbad, and Nagisa became masterful to an extent that their influences surpassed their own time. Barbad and Nagisa greatly influenced and contributed to the Persian musical system, Khosrowvani.[3] Accounts say that once Nakisa's audience was so moved by her performance that they passed out, or tore their garments (jame-daran).[4]

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  1. ^ Fereshteh Davaran (26 February 2010). Continuity in Iranian Identity: Resilience of a Cultural Heritage. Routledge. pp. 100–. ISBN 978-0-203-88630-4. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b Lloyd Ridgeon (2 December 2005). Religion and Politics in Modern Iran: A Reader. I.B.Tauris. pp. 174–. ISBN 978-1-84511-073-4. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  3. ^ Elton L. Daniel; ʻAlī Akbar Mahdī (2006). Culture and Customs of Iran. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-0-313-32053-8. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  4. ^ Lloyd Miller (4 May 2012). Music and Song in Persia (RLE Iran B): The Art of Avaz. Routledge. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-1-136-81487-7. Retrieved 24 August 2013.