Archaeologists have found some silk textiles belonged to ancient Iranian weaving industry in the Oseberg ship dating back to Norwegian Vikings.
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EXHIBITION OF A LIFE TIME
It is time for another one of A kind EXHIBITION,for ALL. the Zarathustis.It will always stay in your memory, I assure you.I was lucky to attend one of these and to this day,I still cannot figure out the excellent planning and the hours of labour SEE THE ATTACHMENT,for details.If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at Mehernaz N. Irani [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
SILLOO has v.successfully held exhibitions,every DECEMBER, in Mumbai. This one too will take a lot of work, like the ones previously.
Of course most of us who know her, read her MAZDAYESNIE CONNECTION, have attended her camps, her classes enjoyed going to IRAN labour of love and dedication
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After collecting all data about the ancient silver chalice, the documentary will be made to depict the story of this Persian relic that is currently kept in the National Museum, the museum director Mahnaz Gorji announced.
Dear ZTFE Members & Well-wishers
Many of you this morning must have been surprised to see the attached poster on London Underground stations advertising The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination.
Later this evening many of you will witness the launch of The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination. It will be the first time in the history of this country that an exhibition has been mounted on Zoroastrianism.
ZTFE thanks all our donors who heeded to our appeal that enabled the ZTFE to meet its pledge with SOAS to core fund the exhibition. ZTFE went further and sponsored the exhibition poster campaign on London Underground stations and also the exhibition catalogue, which is dedicated in the memory of our benefactors and patrons the Zartoshty Brothers.
We at the ZTFE are delighted that Homa Zartoshty has made a special trip to London to be with us for the opening of the Everlasting Flame Exhibition. We are also certain that the Fravashis of the Zartoshty Brothers will be with us tonight at SOAS participating in the proceedings. May the generosity of the Zartoshty Brothers continue to inspire all of us to donate to our community.
There are 150 posters randomly located for 8 weeks on various London Underground Stations, mainly in zones 1, 2 and 3. Some of you may wish to locate the stations where all the 150 posters are located and take photos and forward the list with photos to the ZTFE Secretariat by post or email on email@example.com. The first three to spot all 150 posters will receive a copy of the Everlasting Flame catalogue.
Malcolm M Deboo
Doordarshan is proud to bring to you – “Ehsaas-e-Kashmir” — The Kashmir Concert – an initiative of the German Embassy in India. Maestro Zubin Mehta, international icon of western classical music, conducting one of the best classical orchestras – the Bavarian State Orchestra from Munich, at Shalimar Bagh, Mughal Gardens in Srinagar (Kashmir, India).
Soulful strains of some of the most popular and best known western classical music compositions reverberated in the majestic backdrop of Zabarwan Hills when Zubin Mehta, world famous conductor, performed before a mesmerised audience in the Shalimar Gardens on the banks of Dal Lake here this evening.
In a unique setting in the 400-year-old Mughal Garden with its magnificent chinars, some as old as 300 years and more, Mehta and his Bavarian State Orchestra played its full cast of works of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in front of an invited audience of 1,500 guests.
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MPs demand Bharat Ratna for Zubin Mehta - With the international music conductor Zubin Mehta kicking off his concert in Shalimar Gardens on the banks of the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar, the BJP members in Rajya Sabha here on Saturday demanded ‘Bharat Ratna’ (country’s highest civilian honour) for him. Click Here for the news item
This festive season, we are very happy to have with us, with the kind permission of Dr. Ramiyar Karanjia and the M J Wadia Agiyari Trust (courtesy Mr. Kersi Limathwalla), the audio of the entire Gatha prayers recited by Dr. Ramiyar Karanjia. English text is also available for ease of singing along. Click Here for a wonderful, uplifting experience.
The Gathas are in verse, metrical in the nature of ancient Iranian religious poetry, which is extremely terse, and in which grammatical constructs are an exception.
The 17 hymns of the Gathas consist of 238 verses, of about 1300 lines or 6000 words in total. They were later incorporated into the 72-chapter Yasna (chapter: ha or had, from the Avestan ha’iti, ‘cut’), which in turn is the primary liturgical collection of texts within the greater compendium of the Avesta. The 17 hymns are identified by their chapter numbers in the Yasna, and are divided into five major sections:
|28–34||Ahunavaiti Gatha||(cf. Ahuna Vairya), 100 stanzas, (3 verses, 7+9 syllable meter)|
|43–46||Ushtavaiti Gatha||‘Having Happiness’, 66 stanzas (5 verses, 4+7 syllable meter)|
|47–50||Spenta Mainyu Gatha||‘Bounteous Spirit’, 41 stanzas (4 verses, 4+7 syllable meter)|
|51||Vohu Khshathra Gatha||‘Good Dominion’, 22 stanzas (3 verses, 7+7 syllable meter)|
|53||Vahishto Ishti Gatha||‘Best Beloved’, 9 stanzas (4 verses, two of 7+5 and two of 7+7+5 syllables)|
With the exception of Ahunavaiti Gatha, which is named after the Ahuna Vairya prayer (Yasna 27, not in the Gathas), the names of the Gathas reflect the first word(s) of the first hymn within them. The meter of the hymns is historically related to the Vedic tristubh-jagati family of meters. Hymns of these meters are recited, not sung. Click Here for more information from Wikipedia.
Thanks to my friend Soli Dastur for the tip !
Here for the enjoyment of Zarathushtis who would like to play the music or learn the lyrics of this inspirational song are the words composed by Adi and music by his grand-son Zubin Kanga. The music has been played at Zoroastrian Congresses and in many countries since it was first composed in 2004 as explained in the attached letter from Adi Kanga’s letter to his cousin.
“May AHURA MAZDA bless and keep us all throughout our days”