BANAI – A Musical Journey from Persia to Jerusalem
The vast repertoire of music, literature and art created by the extended Banai family are among the intricate cultural pieces that give Israel its unique identity. The mulberry tree, #1 Pear Stree, scents of jasmine, an old melody, the Machane Yehuda market and the neighborhoods of Nachlaot are now more than objects and locations. Through their cultural reconception they have found their way into collective Israeli pop culture, sparking nostalgia and sentiment for Jerusalem.
This new exhibition at the Tower of David is a sensory musical journey of the voices, the sounds and the sights that tell the history of a family whose story embodies the story of Israel.
The story begins in far-off Shiraz, Persia, the city from which Rachamim Bana and his wife, Rachel, immigrated to Jerusalem in 1881. The story takes us through the neighborhoods of Jerusalem to the Machane Yehuda market, wandering through childhood vistas, inspirational spaces and historical events in the family’s narrative through the generations.
BANAI – A Musical Journey from Persia to Jerusalem highlights the creativity of this unique family, whose roots were nurtured in the traditional Jewish Persian culture of Shiraz, but crystallized just as a modern and avant-garde society was emerging in Jerusalem. Throughout the generations, these talented family members and their work have reflected and refashioned Israeli culture, and they are mainstays of Israeli cultural life even now.
* Please note: Due to ongoing construction at the Tower of David there may be changes in the accessbility of parts of the site. Please call *2884 for up to date information.