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Through A Lens, By A Mirror, The Parsis (1977 – 2013)

Through a lens, by a mirror, the Parsis (1977-2013)

Prof. Rajeev Lochan, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Ministry of Culture, Government of India
has the pleasure of inviting you to the opening of the exhibition

Through A Lens, By A Mirror, The Parsis (1977 – 2013)
by Sooni Taraporevala

Shri Raghu Rai, eminent artist
has consented to inaugurate the exhibition

on Monday, 16th September, 2013 at 5.00 pm

at the National Gallery of Modern Art
Jaipur House, India Gate, New Delhi

The exhibition will continue till 3rd November 2013
10.00 am to 5.00 pm, except Mondays and National Holidays.

For directions to the National Gallery, please use the map below.


The Decline of the Parsi Community

A lot has been said, written, and debated about the dwindling numbers of the already small Parsi community in India and world over.

For the record, here in the National Capital Region of Delhi, which includes Gurgaon and Noida, we Parsis are quite concerned with our declining numbers, and dismayed by the ignorance/apathy that surrounds this subject.

While many may not agree with our point of view, we’d appreciate healthy debate on the subject, rather than an ostrich-head-in-the-sand-approach  – after all, openness to other points of view and depth of thinking are some of the key characteristics that make us who we are!

Here’s a perspective on the subject, from Dinshaw Tamboly, with facts and figures in support of his thinking.

“The community numbers as per the 2011 census when released will tell its own story. The most serious problem that our community is beset with is the problem of falling numbers which needs to be earnestly addressed and corrective action taken.

Based on a 10% decrease every decade, the Parsee race in India will come down to 41,099 by 2050 and 24,268 by 2100.

If one calculates the depletion @ 12% per decade, the figures can be 36,730 by 2050 and 19,382 by 2100.

The decimation of numbers will in all probability accelerate in the years to come as the 2001 census has identified 24.1% of Parsees to be above 65 years of age…”


Click here to read the entire article, via ParsiKhabar

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Naqsh-i Rustam – Incredible Reliefs of Persian Empires

Naghshe Rostam

Naghshe Rostam

Most people have heard of the ancient city of Persepolis in Iran.  Yet just north of the metropolis of antiquity is a sheer cliff, known as Naqsh-i Rustam. Here, in the second millennium BCE, work began on a quite staggering series of rock reliefs which – even today – have the ability to awe in terms of their size and the staggering amount of work which must have been involved in their creation…

Click here to read more, via Kuruiositas

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Our Kaikhushru Pallonji Katrak Dar-e-Meher Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Pictures Courtesy Mr. Navroze Dhondy

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Zoroastrianism: History, Beliefs, and Practices

JashanIt is possible, that every Zoroastrian – Parsi, or other – who is online, has searched for information about Zoroastrianism. What we usually get are articles put together with scraps from other sites, and alternately either clearly orthodox or clearly liberal representations of the religion.

It is rare to find a well written, non-judgmental description of Zoroastrianism, clearly stating its origins, tenets, and culture. This is one of those rare articles, written by Dinshaw and Hutoxi Contractor, for Quest magazine. Here’s an online version, published on The Theosophical Society website. A must read for all Zoroastrians, as well as those interested in knowing more about us.

Click here to read to full article.

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A Zoroastrian Odyssey – A Frohar Foundation Exhibition

Zoroastrian Odyssey - Overview

Zoroastrian Odyssey – Overview

Zoroastrian Odyssey - Details

Zoroastrian Odyssey – Details


The Frohar Foundation of Mumbai is holding its annual exhibition at Albless Baug from 18th to 21st april, 2013.

It is really an exhibition worth viewing, even if you have attended it previously, as they keep adding new items every year.

A must visit for Parsis and Non-parsees. For more information, please click to enlarge the accompanying images!

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Why I Chose to be A Zoroastrian

Dorian Gordon Bates was born to parents, one of whom who is an atheist and the other agnostic. As he came to the conclusion that he could not subscribe to the view that there was no God, he started searching for a religion to which he could belong.

After reviewing all the major religions of the world he came to the conclusion that he wanted to become a Zoroastrian. By then he had studied quite a bit of Zoroastrian literature. He was inducted into Zoroastrianism by Mobed Kerman Jamshid in the Netherlands over a year ago.

Dorian met up with members of the Delhi Parsi Anjuman on the 3rd of November 2012, to share his thoughts and ideas on Zoroastrianism. You can read the full text of his speech here:  http://wp.me/a2gLAf-gw

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Where Parsis First Lit Their Holy Fire

Udvada - Pic courtesy MailToday

By Nikita Puri, in MailToday

An article that appeared in “Travel Mail on Sunday” section of Mail Today, features Udvada – the place where Zoroastrians from Persia, first arrived on Indian shores, many centuries ago.

“About four- odd hours away from Mumbai, and a 15- minutes drive from the main Udvada railway station, it is the area in the vicinity of the Fire Temple which is the soul of the place. In about 20 minutes, you can walk and soak in all the beauty. Here is a Zoroastrian community whose life, for the past 270 years, has revolved around the holy fire, which is believed to have been brought from Iran about 1200- 1300 years ago; the flame still burns bright in the Atash- Behram”


Click here to read the whole article on page 35



Traditional Parsi Designs, Modern Stylish Products.

Parzor Parsi Products - At Baaya Design

Parzor Parsi Products At Baaya Design, March 6 - 11, 2012

UNESCO Parzor is passionately involved in the revival and promotion of the tradional and exquisite craft of Parsi textiles and embroidery. Based on authentic Parsi designs, motifs and colors, Parzor has created beautiful modern products which you can now own.

In fact, these unique Parsi designed products will be available at Baaya Design Store in Mumbai, as part of a week long celebration of womanhood in the month of March, around Women’s Day.

Products such as Parsi stoles, purses, wallets, wall hangings, cards. gift envelopes and even mobile phone covers will be available for you to buy. All proceeds of the sales go toward further research and preservation work by Parzor. So do visit and support this endeavor.

Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Next to Phoenix Mills
Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Phone: 022 – 6521 0165

6th, 7th, 9th, 10th March 2012 – between 10.30 am and 7.30pm
11th March 2012 – between 11.30am and 5.30pm

For more information, please write to, or visit:
parzorfoundation@gmail.com | www.unescoparzor.com