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Oldest Parsi High Priest Kaikhusro Navroz Dastoor Meherjirana passes away at 92

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The Parsi community’s oldest High Priest, Kaikhusro Navroz Dastoor Meherjirana (92) passed away early Tuesday morning after a brief illness in Navsari, Gujarat. A respected scholar priest, Meherjirana was also an advocate, author of two books on banking law and a student of Indian classical music. He lived most of his life in Mumbai before […]

Parsi pall-bearers to get help from abroad

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Treated as outcasts and untouchables, the pall-bearers have little income and poor working conditions. They have been treated as ‘outcasts’ and ‘untouchables for centuries. They are the Parsi pall-bearers called nassesalars and khandhias, who do the job of lifting corpses after the prayers are chanted in the Tower of Silence in Doongerwadi. In an endeavour […]

The Parsis of Sri Lanka

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Very few people today have heard of the Parsi community in Sri Lanka, because there are only about 60 in all including men, women and children. Although small in number, the contributions to our nation by this intriguing community throughout the years, have left an indelible mark in the history of Sri Lanka. They have […]

MPSD enthralled locals with Parsi theatre

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The students of Madhya Pradesh School of Drama (MPSD) gave a splendid performance of Parsi theatre before the theatre buffs of the city. Parsi Rangmanch Ke Manzaron Ka Guldasta was a collage of four plays staged in Parsi theatre style. Directed by Zafar Sanjari and Ayaz Khan, the plays were beautifully performed by the students […]

Navsari: What to See And do in This Ancient Town in Gujarat

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From Dandi Beach to Ajmalgadh, this is what you must see in Navsari.  When we think of Gujarat, Navsari is perhaps one of the places to never cross the mind. That’s because it’s an extremely offbeat place in general; yet has a lot to offer to the intrepid traveller. Located to the south of Gujarat, […]

Mindful Monologues

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Permeated with minimalist brilliance, short film Anahita’s Law highlights issues that plague women in the 21st century. Taking its name from the ancient Persian mythological deity of water, fertility, healing, and wisdom, filmmaker Oorvazi Irani’s short film Anahita’s Law is an attempt to redefine a woman’s identity in the 21st century. The film that took […]