The Success Story of "The Rahbani Brothers" at Beirut Arab University

09 May 2024


Assi and Mansour Rahbani, are luminous stars. This duo dug in the Lebanese and Arab musical memory immortal songs. They are a unique state in the history of art because it imprinted in people's minds that art is a message and a different exceptional state.
The composer Ghadi Rahbani was a guest narrating the success story of “The Rahbani Brothers” in an event organized by the Public Relations and Communications Department at Beirut Arab University for the eighth consecutive year. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bir Wal Ihasan and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Beirut Arab University Dr. Ammar Houry, President of the University, Professor Wael Nabil Abdel Salam, Secretary-General, Dr. Omar Houri, Director General of the Ministry of Culture, Dr. Ali Samad, President of Syndicate of Actors in Lebanon, Mr. Neameh Badawi, Deans of faculties, a group of artists and friends of Rahbani family, in addition to BAU community, students and a large crowd of journalists.
As in every year the meeting was an occasion to highlight the successes of distinguished personalities such as Assi and Mansour Rahbani. This year, composer Ghadi Rahbani was chosen to tell the success story of the Rahbani Brothers through sixty years of artistic achievements, musicals and thousands of national and love songs that brought together all Lebanese around Feyrouz voice. The celebration started with the Lebanese national anthem and the university anthem, and then a documentary about the university.
On the theatre of Jamal Abdel Nasser Auditorium, the interview started in the form of a dialogue, which was moderated and presented by the Director of Public Relations and Communications, Mrs. Zina Ariss, praising the Rahbani Brothers, "They are great people from my country, a unique message in the Arab East. They established the just homeland in the minds of people and dreamt of it as a half-expression of the truth. They believed that art is a message and art in general hugs the soul, refines the soul and changes reality and future."
Mrs.Ariss continued: "They raised their thoughts and changed in a clear and explicit vision the classical theatre system in the Arab world and Lebanon. Assi and Mansour Rahbani are an exceptional art phenomenon in the east, a phenomenon that blended the flavor of authenticity and mixed it with the new andmingled it with a neat mold of beauty and courtesy to a limitless world of art."
Following the screening of a film about the raising of Rahbani Brothers, Ghadi noted that the Assi and Mansour brothers’ relationship was unique.
Ghadi continued that the musical ear of Assi and Mansour Rahbani captured the first tune of the father's play on the buzuk, and grandmother Ghita continued expanding the musical imagination of the Rahbani brothers by listening to folklore, and to Abdel Wahab and Sayed Darwish.
As for their relationship, Ghadi narrated "They were interconnected and Mansour had only confidence in Assi's words. The latter told Mansour stories of imagination and he was very influenced by Assi.
And about the Rahbani Brothers visionary and pre-emptive events in their plays until their second generation answered Ghadi "They contemplated nature a lot, and one of the most important strengths of the brothers was the sense of observation. They watch the villagers’ personalities and interests. They had friends who are politicians. They did not sit in their ivory tower; their theatre is perfectly political and was divided into three sections: they started with the rural theatre then moved to thecivic theatre and then to the epical historical theatre. We, as the second generation, walked the same track."
As for the film industry and their their shifting away after producing three films moving to the musicals, he said that "the cinema stage was a very important stage in their lives, and despite the financial return of the Rahbani brothers' films, Lebanese people have preferred musicals, which are unique, easy and accessible to all".
From his side, Rahbani presented works related to Arab issues resulting from their influence on them, most notably the Palestinian issue, Algerian issue, and the most important is the Lebanese issue."
At the end, the President of the University presented the shield of the University as a token of loyalty and appreciation to Ghadi Rahbani.