Next Gen Now !

The mission of NextGenNow is to shape and capture the imagination and working spirit of a new generation of Zarathushti leaders by delivering creative programming, thought-provoking discussion and action-oriented initiatives. By stimulating multi-generational dialogue, leading by example, and empowering future generations, NextGenNow is helping to mobilize a new generation of Zarathushtis to work cohesively, affect meaningful change and enrich the legacy and contribution of Zarathushtis in North America.

Lead, Inspire, Deliver


NextGenNow 2008

Your Future in Your Hands

Aug. 1 – 3, 2008

George Mason University, Washington DC

Have you registered for NextGenNow?

Introducing the NextGenNow Fast 50!

With our July 10 registration deadline less than two weeks away, there is no time to waste. We will enter the first 50 registrations we receive into a drawing for a chance to win one of three incredible gift cards (valued at $100, $50 and $25) from leading North American retailers, including:, Best Buy and iTunes! Don’t delay, register today!

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Questions? Contact any one of us below:

Mantreh Atashband (, Jim Engineer (,

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NextGenNow, is the fastest growing movement for the empowerment and cultivation

of next generation Zarathushti leadership. If you are a Zarathushti in North America,

18-40 years of age, a leader or seeking mentorship, and believe in the fundamental

principles of inclusion and tolerance over division and exclusion,

you will find NextGenNow uniquely suited to your future.



Mrs Kanga: musician with a message

Mrs K. Kanga, one of the few well-known pianists in Karachi, when interviewed by The News said she feels the ratio of youngsters attending musical performances, when compared to the adult audience, has decreased over the years because of their lack of interest in music. The schools are responsible for discouraging this trend, she complains. The increasing pressure of studies at home and at school makes it difficult for students to spend time on extra-curricular activities that are equally important for a child’s development….. More

The 9 Atashbehrams & their Consecration Dates & the Tour Of IRANSHAH


Burjor Daboo has sent us the attached file which names the 9 Atashbehrams along with their Consecration Dates and the Tour of IRANSHAH.


The Dates have been taken as the traditional ones prevalent at present.

 Burjor Daboo has converted certain other dates from the one Available eg. The Fasli Roj Mah, The Shehanshai, the Vikram samvat etc.


We hope it interests the viewers.
































Scholarships – Shree Parsi Panchayat, Vadodara


Shree Parsi Panchayat, Vadodara (Baroda) invites applications from Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian students for the understated two Scholarships:


One Scholarship of Rs 20,000 would be awarded to a student for prosecutingUnder–Graduate, Post-Graduate or Research studies at any of the following institutions, in any subject or discipline :

1.Any Indian Institute of Technology ( I.I.T.) or any Institute ofManagement ( I.I.M.).

2.Any All India Institute of repute.

3.Any National Laboratory/Institute under C.S.I.R.

4.Any Foreign University/Institute of repute.

The Scholarship would be given to students in India or abroad. The students and parents both must be citizens of India. The Scholarship would also be open to students whose parents are working abroad but continue to remain citizens of India. Only outstanding students with a consistently excellent academic record will be considered.


One Scholarshipof Rs 5,000 would be awarded to a student studying in 1st,2nd or 3rdM.B.B.S. Course at any recognized Medical College in India.

Application Forms for both the Scholarships may be obtained by sending a self-addressed envelope (4” x 9”) to the Secretary, Shree Parsi Panchayat, Hira Baug, Post Office Road, Fatehgunj, Vadodara, 390002.

Last date for receipt of duly filled application forms is September 30, 2008.

B N Parsi Dharmshala,P O Road,Fatehgunj, Vadodara-390002

 + 91 – 265 – 2793979

Celebrating Zarathushti Entrepreneurs and Business


Dear People,


Please allow me to remind you by this circular e-mail about the 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Monday, September 1, 2008 World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce-Chicago (WZCC-C) event of “Celebrating Zarathushti Entrepreneurs and Business”. This event would be held as a part of Silver Jubilee Celebrations event of the Darbe Meher of Zoroastrian Association of Chicago (ZAC) during August 30-September 1, 2008 in Chicago.


I had sent to you an individualized e-mail in mid-June about this event and I hope that you would have made plans for participating in this events. I also hope that you have registered for the events.  To help you better plan your participation in these events, I am now attaching information about WZCC-C and ZAC registration and local Chicago logistics for the August 30-September 1, 2008 celebrations events. I urge you to promptly register so that we can make better preparations.




Thank you for your prompt registration. We look forward to seeing you.




Yezdi H. Godiwalla

Professor of Management

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and

Chairman, WZCC-Chicago

Social Entrepreneurs

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

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Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.

Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives to changing the direction of their field. They are both visionaries and ultimate realists, concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else.

Each social entrepreneur presents ideas that are user-friendly, understandable, ethical, and engage widespread support in order to maximize the number of local people that will stand up, seize their idea, and implement with it. In other words, every leading social entrepreneur is a mass recruiter of local changemakers—a role model proving that citizens who channel their passion into action can do almost anything.

Over the past two decades, the citizen sector has discovered what the business sector learned long ago: There is nothing as powerful as a new idea in the hands of a first-class entrepreneur.  More at

Mama Parsi School threatens to shut down

Thursday, June 19, 2008
By Shamim Bano

The Mama Parsi School has threatened to shut operations after serving the educational sector for more than 90 years due to what the school management termed ‘continuous harassment by the education department.’

The school was established in 1918 in Karachi exclusively for Parsi students, while the admission of Muslim girls was allowed only after 1947 at the request of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah. The school celebrated 90 years in April this year. Shutting the institution down could potentially damage the academic futures of thousands of students.

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A traveller on an age-old musical tour

Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Saturday, June 14, 2008  03:26 IST

A special tribute to the late Hindustani musician Phiroze Dastur has been organised in Mumbai. Amarendra Dhaneshwar has details

Indian civilisation is like a rainbow with its many colours. Multi-religious and multicultural, this country offers a great deal. Among the ethnic groups that have made their mark on the fabric of India’s culture are the Parsis, a minority. However, “Few people are aware of their contribution to Indian music,” says Dr Aban Mistry, tabla-player and author of The Parsis and Indian Classical Music. She records the contribution of Phiroze Dastur, a stalwart of Hindustani music.

Dastur has been a familiar name for music lovers, particularly in Mumbai. An eminent singer of the Kirana gharana, he was a performing artiste of note, and a dedicated teacher. Dastur passed away at the age of 90 in the last week of April.

“Dastur was a senior gurubandhu (co-student) of Bhimsen Joshi and Gangubai Hangal. There existed a rare camaraderie between the three of them. They did not look upon each other as rivals, but as fellow travellers on an exciting musical journey,” says Harish Kapadia, one of the founders of the Indian Music Group. I have seen them together and heard Bhimsen lovingly address Dastur as ‘Freddie’. We have also heard Dastur praising Bhimsen for his Todi sung at the first Sawai Gandharva Festival held in 1952.

Dastur was a child prodigy and a blue-eyed boy of JBH Wadia of Wadia Movietone Limited. A film clip from the mid-1930s showcases two wonder-children of Hindustani music of the time in performance: Dastur and Kumar Gandharva. Dastur went on to become an actor and was cast as a hero in Lal E Yemen. And then “Hefty Punjabi males started getting work in the Bombay films and frail-looking singers like me were thrown out,” Dastur once told me in an interview.

Sawai Gandharva, singer and stage-actor, taught him, along with Joshi and Hangal. In spite of his Parsi background, Dastur mastered the idiom of the Kirana gharana. “He spoke Marathi fluently and sang with the same degree of fluency as any Marathi singer,” says PG Burde, critic and convenor of Kalabharati.

When the University of Bombay set up a department of music, Dastur was the natural choice for a faculty position. He taught the Kirana style for over 25 years, with students like Dhanashree Pandit, Vrinda Mundkur, Girish Sanzgiri and Milind Chittal. Dr Ashok Ranade, the first head of the department, praises Dastur’s sense of duty and commitment as a teacher.

Swaralaya, the music archives of the Maharashtra government, has planned a tribute to the late singer with a listening session of recordings from his live concerts. Singers Ajay Pohankar, Shrikant Deshpande and Dhanshree Pandit will present their perspectives on Dastur’s music and personality. Some of his music will be played as well, including the song he sang with fiery passion for over 40 years: Gopala meri karuna. A fitting tribute to the veteran.

Ravindra Natya Mandir Complex, June 18, 6.30pm, admission free