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Samin Baghtcheban

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Samin Baghtcheban (Persian: ثمین باغچه‌بان , variations: Baghcheban, Baqcheban, Bahceban) (b. 1925- d. 19 March 2008), was an Iranian musician, composer, author and translator.

Samin Baghtcheban was the son of Jabbar Baghtcheban, a leading Iranian educator and pioneer of Persian sign language. He was born in 1925 in Tabriz, and grew up in Shiraz and Tehran, where his father established the first modern kindergartens and schools for the deaf in Iran.

In 1944 he was awarded a scholarship to study music composition in Ankara State Conservatory, where he met his future wife Evelyn Baghtchban, a Turkish Armenian, pianist and soprano singer. The couple returned to Iran in 1949 and started teaching in Tehran Conservatory.

In 1984 he moved to Turkey with his family where he continued his activities and composed several new pieces, some of which were performed by Manouchehr Sahbai in Switzerland. He died in Istanbul on 19 March 2008.

Throughout his career he composed numerous pieces based on Iranian folklore or mythology. His most popular work is Rangin Kamoon album (rainbow in Persian), a collection of symphonic and choral tunes for children.

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