Haj Ghorban Soleimani (1920 - January 20, 2008) (Persian: حاجقربان سليمانی) was a celebrated dotar player and vocalist from Iran. Dotar or Dutar is a form of Central Asian lute. He was also the pioneer of a new model of the ancient stringed Azeri instrument the gopuz.
Soleimani was born in 1920 to Kizilbash Turkic parents in Aliabad (علیآباد) village in the northern part of Qouchan in northeastern Iran. His father, Karbalaii Ramezan, an accomplished musician taught him the dotar from a young age. Following his father's death he continued learning the dotar and sought singing lessons from singers such as Avaz Bakhshi, Gholamhossein Bakhshi Jafarabadi and Mohammad Qeitani. Soleimani sang in the three languages spoken in Khorasan province, namely Persian, Turkic and... Read More