Introduction to 30Voices
 
Art has a profound ability to empower and endow the voiceless with resonance. Art is capable of educating the uninformed and healing the wounded spirit. 30Voices is a non-profit organization devoted to raising awareness about domestic abuse  by establishing a community of experienced and aspiring artists eager to share their candid visions of love, heartbreak and resurrection. 
 
30voices is dedicated to promoting and cultivating the diverse voices of Iranian women through various artistic outlets such as paintings, sculptors, mix media, music, film, performances and literature. By offering workshops, organizing events and developing resources for burgeoning female artists, 30Voices hopes to instill confidence in women and aid in the progression of a healthy and enlightened community. 
 
The significance behind the name 30Voices originates from the Persian mythological creature known as the Si'morgh (30-birds). It is a large winged bird-like creature with a 500- year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young Phoenix is reborn. The Si’morgh is the divine symbol of reincarnation and perseverance. 
 
Likewise, Iranian women all over the world are rising out of the ashes of a revolution that more than thirty years ago robbed them of their civil and human rights. But under the dark shroud of oppression thrives the immortal and outspoken soul of women yearning to be acknowledged and respected. Today, no matter where they are in the world, Iranian women stand together as one, stronger and more determined.

Delsa Ghorbani

Artist

 
​I would like to introduce myself as Delsa Ghorbani, a 20 year old Dental Student and operatic-pop singer from Birmingham, UK. My passion for Opéra began from the age of 5 when I watched Luciano Pavarotti sing Caruso. From that day on I was spellbound! In all honesty music plays a very massive role in my life; I feel like it is part of my very soul and being. I play 7 instruments and enjoy composing Classical Orchestral and Operatic Scores as a pass-time. I have been lucky to have performed in many musicals over the years including Les Misérables and Hairspray.
In 2013, I was also exceptionally privileged to be one of the Ten Finalists that made it through to the Live Shows on the Iranian equivalent of The X Factor, Googoosh Music Academy, which aired on Manoto TV internationally. I have also performed in the National Azerbaijani Music festival in Manchester for two consecutive years now. The Operatic-Pop (Popra) style is relatively uncommon in the Iranian musical world, and so the music that I am currently recording and writing is of that style.
 
As a pastime, I enjoy organizing fundraisers and doing artwork for relaxation, in particular painting and sketching. I have used many of my sketches previously in efforts to fundraise for different causes. Events that I have helped organize, perform Opera in and sell artwork in include fundraisers for International Women’s Day in Birmingham and Manchester, Children in Need, Latin American Foundation for the Future, Iranian Children’s Society and The Bam Earthquake project to name a few.
 
If it wasn't for my love of Dentistry I would have aspired to study Opéra. Now I live a double-life; I study Dentistry by Day at the University of Manchester and Perform by Night! My ultimate wish in life is to try and make people happy by enhancing their health and appearance through Dentistry and also mentally too with my music. 
 

 

About my project

 
On searching Lilith’s story, I came across many different versions that all link together. The story however that I have chosen to portray through my Music Video is the one told on the 30 Voice’s website. This story was exceedingly thought-provoking and moving and I have tried my best to portray it through different art forms including poetry, Opera, music, painting and video production.
The poem I have written has 3 stanzas. The first depicts the story indirectly; this being one telling of a paradise in which two lovers reside. However, the serenity of this scene is ruined by the selfishness of one of the lovers (namely Adam) by his undermining of his companions authority, thus putting an imbalance in their equality. This selfishness wilts the beautiful flower that was their love.
In the second stanza, I refer to Lilith in a more direct way and describe the woe that becomes of her future due to her decision to live paradise in order to not submit to Adam and stand up for her equality. It’s a natural and pure thing for Lilith to want to be equal however this is twisted and seen as treason to god and unlawful. Her beauty is seen as darkness and her selfless sacrifice of leaving paradise is depicted as something to be ashamed of. In this stanza I try to admire her. Everyone in life wishes and aims for a future in paradise and yet for equality she was ready to give that up. This shows how important this issue was for her as it was an exceptionally high price to pay.
In the third stanza I empathize with Lilith her struggle and sacrifice. I tell her directly that her martyrdom has been told in history and that her message will continue on and inspire us even now.
In the ‘Chorus’ segment (which occurs three times in the poem) I further sympathize with her through direct speech and give her encouragement by telling her that her suffering was not for nothing. Overall, the message of the poem/ song is that her strive for equality will resonate on.
 

The painting

 
On reading different historical sources, I have discovered that Lilith is portrayed for having two different faces. One of these faces is depicted as extraordinarily beautiful (this being during her time in Paradise with Adam). 
Her second face is one of darkness/ tainted with satanic qualities (this being during the time of her damnation by God for leaving Paradise). In my painting I have drawn this side of her face in a light of beauty still, but due to the lies and misinterpretation that was created of her sacrifice, I have shrouded one half of her face in the dark. That is why I have used the word ‘Khofash’ in the poem (in order to depict this image).
The look in her eyes and the finger on her lips shows a pure majesty and innocence that she has, and despite the darkness she is veiled in, it still shines through.
In conclusion, my lyrics and painting tell of her mythical story and her struggles in striving for equivalence. They also give a notion of hope for women of this day and age for sexual parity in the future.
 

 

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