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Baghal Bazi

Acting out the role of a grocer

Baghal bazi (acting out the role of a grocer)is the traditional comic play in Iran. Its actors are distinguished characters. This play contains a dramatic text contrary to that of the Takte-Howzi play.

Reasons for selection

Baghal bazi (acting out the role of a grocer)and Takte-Howzi are the plays which have been based on Pahlavan Kachal plays. Today, they are performed widely in Iran.

Area where performed

all parts of Iran

Essential elements of the performing art


Detailed explanation

In Baghal bazi, the grocer and his customers talk about the current affairs concerning the grocer and the customers. This play has its own character types called Rishaki, Mastaki, Chordaki, etc.

Publication and textual documentation

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Audio documentation

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Visual documentation

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Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

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Data provider

Ms. Laleh Taghian
Manager of publication
Center of Dramatic Arts
Address: Vahdat Hall, Ostad shahnar St., Hatez Ave., Tehran, Iran