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Bita Prize for Persian Art

Bita Prize first ten recipients collage image

The annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts is awarded to an artist of Iranian ancestry whose work, in the course of their lifetime, has exhibited singular achievements in both the realm of aesthetics and in the essence of defending the rights of artists to create, free from any fetters. The recipient is invited to Stanford University to give a public lecture and receive the prize. Since its inception in 2008, the Bita Prize has been awarded to outstanding Iranian scholars, artists and creators.

2019 Bita Prize Winner: Kayhan Kalhor

Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters

The Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters supports the program in Iranian Studies to promote teaching, research, and scholarship at Stanford relating to Iran, including the area formerly known as Persia, and people of Iranian or Persian heritage. The Endowment supports the Bita Prize in Persian Arts as well as the Bita Daryabari Visiting Lecturer in the field of Persian poetry, literature and culture. 


Bita Daryabari
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