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For the given name, see Parisa (given name).
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Parisa in 1970s
Background information
Born (1950-03-15) March 15, 1950 (age 67)
Origin Tonekabon, Iran
Genres Classical Persian Music
Occupation(s) Singer, Musician
Website Parīsā

Fātemeh Vā'ezi (Persian: فاطمه واعظی‎‎) (born 15 March 1950 in Tonekabon, Iran), commonly known by her stage name Parīsā (Persian: پریسا‎‎), is a Persian classical vocalist and musician.

A student of maestro Mahmoud Karimi, Parisa has published several albums and performed concerts throughout the world, sometimes with the Dastan ensemble. Her major debut in Tehran was a concert at the Iran-America Society arranged by Lloyd Miller, a disciple of Dr. Daryush Safvat. After that concert, Miller, through writing reviews and other articles in various Tehran newspapers and magazines, was able to influence the Ministry of Culture to allow Parisa to be transferred to his Center for Preservation and Propagation of Iranian Music, where her skills as a purely traditional dastgah vocalist would enhance their excellent instrumental ensemble.

After she was established at the Center, Miller convinced the CBS Iran A&R person to produce tapes of Parisa with the Center's instrumental ensemble, the most sought after being in Dastgah-e Mahur and Dastgah-e Nava. These became hit releases and Parisa was invited to perform Chahargah at the famous Shiraz Arts Festival and other major venues. Her best work was with the Center where now famous virtuosi such as Dr. Dariush Talai (Tar (lute), Setar), Hossein Alizadeh (Tar, Setar), Jalal Zolfonun (Setar) and Majid Kiani (Santour) were established.

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Music and Song in Persia, Curzon Press 1999 and The Center for Preservation and Propagation of Iranian Music, Society for Preservation and Propagation of Eastern Arts, (affiliated with National Iranian Radio & Television) Salt Lake City, 1977.


  • Parisa is a popular Persian name for women. It literally means "fairy-like", and also means "face of an angel".

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