Arts and Culture Create a Platform for Sharing Ideas

Arts and Culture Create a Platform for Sharing Ideas

Lady Kharrazi believes in humanity and family values. She understands that love is universal, and that what brings us together is far more powerful than what makes us different. This is why she works hard to bridge cultural divides through her charitable organization, the Toos Foundation.

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Shushma Datt of Women in Focus and Lady Jamileh Kharrazi
Preserving Art to Preserve Culture and History

Originally from Iran, she has seen artifacts of critical cultural and historical value destroyed in the name of revolution. As widely reported, the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran saw priceless and timeless artifacts destroyed.  

This destruction, however, is irreversible. It takes knowledge away from the people that can’t be returned. By destroying art and cultural artifacts, political minds try to rewrite history in their favor. As a result, we all must fight to keep arts and culture alive and well.

Shushma Datt of Women in Focus just recently gushed about Lady Kharrazi, referring to her as “an amazing person who is so close to art and culture.” Indeed, she has taken on the important mission of rebuilding destroyed culture.

Through the Toos Foundation, she is working hard to refill the cultural archives lost to nations in conflict. This includes traditional music and dance, architecture, sculpture, painting, and every other form of artistic expression.

Without these artifacts, it’s difficult for young people to get a sense of their roots.

Children grow up not knowing about how their ancestors lived, and therefore not really understanding themselves.

Much of Lady Kharrazi’s passion for protecting and promoting the arts comes from her own artistic career. As a ballerina and opera singer, Lady Kharrazi Artist has been a star of the stage for decades. Now, even as she graces the stage less often, she is always involved in performances.

She supports the performing arts as a personal passion and an important part of our shared history and culture. “I honestly believe that art is the international language,” Lady Kharrazi says. “Through art – dance, music, body movement, – we can pass on our messages.”

Support of the Arts is True to Lady Kharrazi’s Roots

    She was born into a family that valued art and culture. Her parents and brother were all supporters of the art world, and they encouraged her early interest. Her mother put her in ballet classes as a very young girl, and  she soon discovered the joys of artistic expression. “Our house was a house of music,” Lady Kharrazi recalls. “Everybody was musical!”

Lady Kharrazi grew up with an understanding of how different Eastern and Western cultures can be.

She visited Europe from Iran when she was a young girl, and she studied there as a young lady. While she was there, she was welcomed by the communities she found herself in. However, she also came to understand what it meant to be a migrant in a foreign land. This is especially true among migrants from nations of conflict.

Violence in a migrant’s home nation creates something of a national embarrassment for migrants. Even worse, it can sow the seeds of discrimination. People may be inclined to associate the injustices and inhumane treatment going on in a particular place with the individuals who are from there.This can give rise to unfair treatment and stereotypes that can cause damage for generations to come.

As a result, Lady Kharazzi works hard to open up our minds to cross-cultural understanding.

Lady Kharrazi is working hard to change these misconceptions. “There is a lot of bloodshed, a lot of wrongdoing today,” she says, most of which can be traced back to a lack of information and knowledge available to the people.

Her most earnest desire is to help people gain this knowledge. “Not through words … not through preaching at them, because I’m not good at it,” Lady Kharrazi admits. “But at least through art, we can achieve our mission.”