Sunday, 19th August 2007: Today the Delhi Parsi Anjuman (DPA) celebrated Pateti and the arrival of the Shenshai New Year (Yezd 1377), with most of the members of the small but vibrant Parsi community living in the NCR coming together at the Delhi Parsi Dharamsala.
The evening began with Mr. Dadi Mistry, Vice President of DPA, welcoming the Chief Guest, the Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Tejendra Khanna (6th from right above, in black). Mr. Mistry then addressed the gathering with an account of the history of Parsis in Delhi, and their glorious contribution to the nation and society.
Dr. Kamal Faruqui, Chairman, Delhi Minorities Commission also graced the function with his wife, albeit a little late, due to a delayed flight.
Mr. Adil Nargolwala read out New Year greetings from The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, and also a note of Best Wishes from Smt. Sonia Gandhi, President of The Indian National Congress.
The Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Tejendra Khanna then released a special issue of Dipanjali, which is a glorious tribute to the Late Lt. General (Retd.) Adi Meherji Sethna, who besides contributing greatly to the nation as an Officer Par Excellence, also led the Delhi Parsi Anjuman as its President, with unparallel vision and passion!
The Chief Guest then addressed the audience and recounted his own happy interactions with the Late Lt. General (Retd.) Adi Sethna, and the Parsi Community as a whole. He recognised the contributions of the community to the country in all aspects of life, and wished the best for the community in times ahead. Shri Tejendra Khanna was presented with a special Asho Farohar embedded on a Peepal Leaf as a memento of the occasion.
Then much to the eager delight of the young Parsis of the NCR, scholarships were awarded to over 25 boys and girls, who excelled in various fields fields of academics, arts and sports. The scholarships were handed out by the wife of the Lt. Governor, on behalf of the DPA.
The formal part of the evening was rounded off with the launch of the DPA website www.delhiparsis.com by the Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Tejendra Khanna. The website, the first of its kind by a Parsi Anjuman in India, is designed to be interactive and provide a forum for sharing views, news, events and issues concerning the Parsis of the region, as well as the community as a whole. It encourages people to visit the site, discuss, and post their comments as well as contribute to the content of the website.
And of course, no Parsi function is complete without great food, music and dance! Mrs Dhun Bagli’s food was at its usual best – and included Hyderabad Mutton Palau, Dhanshak Daal, Sali Murghi, Veg. Palau, Matter Paneer besides typical Parsi Cachumbar and Ravo! The music was delightful. And the crowd enjoyed it all till well into the night!