Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Guidance has responded to recent concerns expressed by two members of the clergy regarding male and female performing artists singing duets, saying: “There is no legal prohibition against issuing permits for works containing men and women singing together”.
ISNA reports that in a statement issued on Wednesday February 4, the ministry said that the CD in question features the voices of Mohsen Karamati and Nushin Taghi, and it has all the necessary permits for distribution.
Two members of the clergy, Hossein Nouri Hamadani and Nasser Makarem Shirazi, challenged the Ministry of Guidance for allowing the distribution of the CD, which contains pieces in which the male and the female singers perform together.
Makarem Shirazi accused the Ministry of Guidance of neglecting revolutionary values.
The Ministry of Guidance has denied the accusations and referred to the complaints as extremism.