Art in the Light of Islamic Revolution (10)
In the age when mankind was immersed in material desires, Imam Khomeini called the Iranian nation towards divine values and establishment of an Islamic system of government. He changed the view of the people towards world, life and Islam. He founded a structure on whose pillars the art of the Islamic Revolution is shining.
Iran has gone through many ups and downs especially in the contemporary era. However, the greatest and most important events have been the Islamic Revolution and the imposed war. These two historical events have impacted the artists to the extent that they have made their best works in the genre of the Islamic Revolution and the Sacred Defence as the 8-year imposed war is known by this name in Iran. In the early post-revolution years, artists did their best to create valuable works despite all shortcomings. Besides, as the Pahlavi regime had just been overthrown, Iranian people, who had experienced the corruption and tyranny of the regime, would watch and pursue artistic works enthusiastically. As a matter of fact, the films and songs were reminiscent of what they had personally witnessed. The cultural, political and social attractions of the revolution drew the artists to the arena to revise their allegiance to Islam, revolution and people. The artists were in quest of new methods and techniques to express the events of the revolution in the best artistic manner. As Imam Khomeini said, "The Islamic Revolution was an exceptional revolution and a unique phenomenon of the 20th century; in the formation, the manner of struggle and the motive." Being aware of this distinction would help artists know the features and potentials of the Islamic Revolution and the art it generates. The ideology of this revolution distinguishes it from other movements and this can be seen in the culture and art of the Islamic Revolution.
A unique feature of the Islamic Revolution is its persistence. This has caused the revolution to impact thirsty hearts and enlighten the seekers of justice and righteousness despite the lapse of nearly 4 decades. What is the reason for this permanence? Ayatollah Khamenei believes that this feature of the Islamic Revolution stems from the word of truth that the revolution speaks and this is the quality of truth which makes it stand upright and firm forever. The art of revolution is also lasting. The special songs, plays, murals and music of the revolution have also been lasting. The photographers and filmmakers, too, have attended the sensitive scenes of the Islamic Revolution and played an undeniable role in recording of the events.
Another unique feature of the revolution is going beyond boundaries, nationality, ethnicity and so on. Leader of the Islamic Revolution says, "Since the Islamic Revolution is based on the law of the Muhammadan Islam it cannot be limited to a specific border, nationality and ethnicity."
The Iranian people were in pursuit of Islamic beliefs. This caused them take part in every scene of the revolution and consider the revolution belonging to them. The art of the Islamic Revolution has also moved in this direction. Thus, it is attractive for the world audience although it has Iranian and ethnic qualities.
Another feature of this art is its comprehensiveness. The art of the Islamic Revolution takes into account both individual and social aspects of human life. Ayatollah Khamenei says in this regard, "The Islamic Revolution is different from all other revolutions. It is neither a spiritual and cultural revolution; nor is it a merely economic revolution or a merely political revolution. It is a comprehensive revolution like Islam itself. Just as Islam has spiritual, moral and divine dimensions, it supervises the life of people, too. There are economic, political and social dimensions in Islam. The Islamic Revolution, too, has different dimensions and the mystery of permanence and daily revival of this revolution in the region and the world are these various dimensions that are in harmony and compliance with human needs."