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Bahman Rahmatian

Bahman is Iranian-born but was raised in Italy. He graduated in Political Science in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and soon after moved to Romania where he has been living for 29 years now. He has no formal training in any field of the arts, but writing and performing arts have always felt essential in his life. He married visual artist, Simina Rahmatian, and together with her and their two children, Sepideh who is a ballerina and Daryan who is a musician, have made the exploration of various forms of arts in the community-building enterprise of the Baha'i Faith a central part of our lives. Bahman has written several plays which all stem from the study of different aspects of the Baha'i Faith, such as "Flight to a New World" (2016), "Lightning of the Covenant" (2016), "Free Fall", (2019), and "Exile to Paradise" (2020). Bahman served for 10 years as a member of the Auxiliary Board and he is currently a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Romania.

Following in the Footsteps of Emeric Sala

Emeric Sala (12 November 1906 - 5 September 1990). Photo courtesy of lona Sala Weinstein.

A snapshot of the Romanian Baha’i Community in the early ’90s would be quite a busy picture: the Baha’is, particularly youth, were very busy around the clock with casual conversations and public meetings on the principles of the Baha’i Faith, as well as offering firesides and deepenings to study and discuss these principles in detail. In Bucharest and around the country, the Baha’i youth in Romania were busy!

All those youth truly deserve recognition and celebration. What a narrative that would be! But the life of one special youth from Transylvania, a youth from a much earlier generation of Romanians, was so ground-breaking that it was depicted on stage. That is how Flight to a New World was conceived and performed in 2016 in Santiago, Chile on the occasion of the dedication of the Mother Temple of South America. I know this sounds confusing: what does the story of a young man from Romania have to do with the Mother Temple of South America? And what does it all have to do with me? Here’s how the story unfolds:

I was pulled into the act in the fall of 1991 at the busy Baha’i Centre in Bucharest. People interested in hearing about the Baha’i Faith were gathering for a meeting and I happened to welcome a witty gentleman in his mid ’70s. He said: “Everyday I go by your sign downstairs. Today I decided to come up and ask some questions”. You can imagine my excitement. In response to my invitation to join the meeting, he replied: “I know everything about the Faith. I am here for something else. I have a long-lost friend from my town and I thought you may be able to tell me where he is.” Intrigued, I asked: “Who is your friend?” “Emeric Sala!” he replied. Continue reading