Eftekhar Dadehbala (Persian: افتخار ددهبالا), better known as Mahasti (Persian: مهستی, November 16, 1946 – June 25, 2007), was an Iranian singer. She was the younger sister of singer Hayedeh.
Mahasti was an Iranian singer who was recognized as the "Banooye Golhaa va Delha" (Lady of hearts and flowers). She was the younger sister of another popular Iranian female singer, Hayedeh. Mahasti's voice was discovered by maestro Parviz Yahaghi, a distinguished Iranian composer and violinist. She started her career on the Persian traditional music radio program Gol hâ ye Rangârang ( گلهای رنگارنگ), in 1963, with the song "Ân ke Delam Râ Borde Xodâyâ" (Persian -آنكه دلم را برده خدایا) composed and arranged by maestro Parviz Yahaghi with lyrics by Bijan Taraghi.
In the beginning, Mahasti's family was reluctant to allow her to pursue a career in entertainment because it was not an appreciated career for women in Iran at that time. However, Mahasti overcame this stigma providing Iran with a new image for women within the entertainment industry. Mahasti created an image of a "gentle-woman" singer, a lady with great manners. Her enormous success in music opened the pathway for many other women, including her elder sister, Hayedeh, who started her work 5 years after Mahasti. The two sisters had tremendous contributions to improving the image of female singers in Iran and in transitioning the Iranian music from where it was to where it is now.
Mahasti's parents got divorced and got married to other people. When she wanted to pursue a career of singing her parents weren't happy because of society's look upon female singers at the time. Mahasti married Kouros Nazemiyan and gave birth to her only child, Sahar. Mahasti and her family lived in Abadan for several years, finally moving back to Tehran. Her marriage with Nazemiyan ultimately ended in divorce. Nazemiyan was executed by the Revolutionary Court of the new Islamic Republic shortly after revolution. Several years later she remarried, to Bahram Sanandaji, owner of a shoe factory, however their marriage was also dissolved.
In 1978, before the Iranian Revolution she emigrated to the UK and then to the United States in 1981 where she lived thereafter.
In March 2007, Mahasti publicly announced that she had been battling colon cancer for four years. She hoped that her experience would raise awareness within the Iranian community regarding cancer and the significance of constant physical examinations. She was then living in Santa Rosa, California with her daughter, Sahar, her husband, Naser, and their two children, Natasha and Natalie, her only grandchildren. She died on June 25, 2007 in Santa Rosa.
Mahasti was interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California on June 29, 2007 the same cemetery where her sister Hayedeh was also buried.
Her funeral was broadcast live on Persian Broadcasting Company Tapesh and was attended by many Persian celebrities and stars and other artists including the mayor of Beverly Hills Jimmy Delshad and designer Bijan Pakzad.
1991: Bi Nava Del
1991: Gol-haye Ranga-Rang
1981: Sepedeh Dam
1992: Album 2
1994: Havay Yaar
1995: Parandeha (with Leila Forouhar, 'Shahram Solati')
1996: Bazm Mahasty & Sattar
1998: Havay Asheghi
1999: Hamishe Ashegh
1999: Tou Bezan ta Man Beraghsam
2001: Gole Gandom (with Sattar)
2003: Hamisheh Sabz
2005: Az Khoda Khasteh
2007: Music (With Aghdas Forouhar, andy, Aref)