Rahim Moeini Kermanshahi

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Rahim Moeini Kermanshahi
رحیم معینی کرمانشاهی
Rahim Moeini Kermanshahi.jpg
Moeini Kermanshahi in 2009
Born(1923-02-06)February 6, 1923
DiedNovember 17, 2015(2015-11-17) (aged 92)
Tehran, Iran
OccupationPoet, Songwriter
Spouse(s)Eshrat Atoofi (1946-2013)

Rahim Moeini Kermanshahi (Persian: رحیم معینی کرمانشاهی‎, February 6, 1923 – November 17, 2015) was an Iranian poet and lyricist. He is one of the pioneering songwriters in the history of Persian traditional music.[1]


Master Rahim Moeini Kermanshahi was born in 1922 in Kermanshah, Iran. He left his hometown at a young age for Tehran to pursue painting. Among his famous paintings is a charcoal of Christ blessing some children. His talent and creativity in poetry made him one of the greatest lyricists, poets, and historians of Iran. His masterpiece is an eighteen volume history of Iran after Islam in the form of beautiful Persian classical poetry called Shahkar, which contains over 200,000 lines of poetry in about 7800 pages.[citation needed] In 2007 he was honored as Lord of Speech by the National Organization of Iranian poets, musicians, artists, historians, philosophers, and literature masters.[citation needed] During his 60 years' dedication to Persian literature and poetry he published over 20 books and wrote the lyrics of about 500 songs. His musical works are being remastered every year by various artists in different countries, mostly in Iran and the United States. In 2013, one of his songs, "Ecstacy", was played on Fox Productions TV series How I Met Your Mother.

Through his many admirers and friends he was urged to write lyrics for the great classical Persian vocalists of the day. He was very successful as a lyricist, working side by side the most talented musicians and performers until the Iranian revolution of 1979. His five hundred plus songs made his fame rise to a level of celebrity in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He also wrote many poetry books for a huge fan base. His fans love his style, which is completely unique. All of his books are among best sellers and continually being re-published. Today he is known as the most celebrated living poet and song writer of Iran.[citation needed]

Personal life and death[edit]

He was married to Eshrat Atoofi from 1946 to her death on July 5, 2013. Together they had five children. Shirin, Hossein, Noushin, Maryam, and Farhad. He died on November 17, 2015, at the age of 93 at Jam Hospital in Tehran.[2]


  1. ^ "معینی کرمانشاهی، شاعر و ترانه‌سرای معاصر درگذشت". BBC Persian. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  2. ^ "معینی کرمانشاهی، شاعر و ترانه‌سرای معاصر درگذشت". BBC Persian. Retrieved 15 November 2015.