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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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Fire Altar: Poems on the Persians and the Greeks

Fire AltarKeki Daruwalla, the famous Zoroastrian Author, Poet and Policeman, Former Zoroastrian Representative on the National Minorities Commission of India, is making a rare appearance in the U.K for a Poetry Reading from his Zoroastrian themed new book Fire Altar: Poems on the Persians and the Greeks.

These poems have been published in some of the very best Literary Magazines of the world – like Poetry Review London, Jerusalem Review, Ambit, The Southern Review (Australia).

These are poems sited in an era 2,500 years ago. The book was launched at the World Zoroastrian Congress in Bombay (2013).

Keki Daruwalla is the winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) in 1987 for his volume Landscapes.

Fire Altar contains poems on Cyrus, Cambyses, Jamshed, Cyrus meeting the Jews,”Euphrates Sonnets”, and many more historically interesting interpretations of a time long past, which resonates in our world today.

The reading is at Nehru Centre , 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF at 6 PM on Friday 28th November. Daruwalla will also read from his novel “For Pepper and Christ (Penguin), which was short-listed for the Commonwealth fiction prize (UK and Asia) in 2010.

This article is a web version of an invitation to the event, received from Malcolm M Deboo, President – ZTFE.

To read an interview with Keki Daruwalla, and review of the book by Gargi Gupta, in DNA, please click here.

To buy Fire Altar online via Amazon.in >> please click here <<

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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