Monthly Archives: January 2011

Parsi Actress Vahbbiz Dorabjee

Seems like Shakespeare’s famous quote was meant for Vahbbiz Dorabjee who essays the role of Panchi in Ekta Kapoor’s Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahani.

She is one of the few Parsi actors on television, besides Delnaz Paul and Rushad Rana but what makes her case even more rare is her name and the difficulty involved to pronounce it.

Read the story in Times of India – Click Here

For an interview with Vahbbiz Dorabjee – Click Here


Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

Businesses held by diminishing races in a crisis to stay afloat

Professor Sayeed Unisa in the department of mathematical demography and statistics at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) in Mumbai says that the population of Parsi community was 111,791 in 1951; it declined to 69,601 in 2001. Projected population based on estimated births and deaths shows that the community’s population will shrink to 40,000 by 2041. “The community has one of the lowest fertility (0.99 in 1999) in the world. This is because of very high non-marriage and late marriage,” he says.

Enter organisations like the World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce (WZCC). Yazdi Tantra, the technical director of the WZCC says that while bigger corporations like Tatas and Godrejs are secure as they have a brand image, smaller businesses and home-base operations face a threat as the younger generation may or may not want to carry on the enterprise.

Tantra, along with WZCC members and some eminent Parsi industrialists, is trying to rekindle the flame of entrepreneurship among the Parsi youth. In 2009, WZCC launched a business plan contest, inviting Parsi youth to come up with business ideas that the community will help to promote and develop. “Since then, we have introduced many hand-holding schemes to encourage Parsi youth to rediscover their spirit of entrepreneurship. This year we have launched an entrepreneur development programme to promote the same,” Tantra says. “Today the attitudes have changed. Earlier the Parsis were the pioneers in entrepreneurship, but maybe the license raj or fighting the government for privileges changed that,” notes research scholar Pronoti Chirmuley at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, who has been researching on the Parsis for the last three years.

Click Here to read the full article

Bai Virbaijee Soparivala Parsi High School. 150 Years.

Bai Virbaijee Soparivala Parsi High School

A Sesquicentennial Centenary – 150 years from 1859 to 2009.

By Mehelli B. Dinshaw

On 23rd May 2009 The Bai Virbaiji Soparivala Parsi High School celebrated 150 years of continuous teaching excellence; a Sesquicentennial centenary from 1859 to 2009.. 

“… 150 years – what a momentous milestone. This institution is not just a part of Karachi, it is the heart of Karachi, in fact it is Karachi; a building more than 104 years, trees more than 100 years and knowledge imparted that cannot be measured in time” … so said the Principal Mrs Kermin Parekh

Click here ro read on…. Bai Virbaijee Soparivala Parsi High School 

Courtesy : Zaver Bomanbehram

Magnificent recreation of Persepolis

A full and magnificent recreation of Persepolis, (what it must have looked before destruction by Alexander the Macedonian), presented with a dramatic story telling. The whole magnificence of the richest city in the world in its day, is brought before our eyes.

Please see, you are sure to come away dazzled,  and pass on to others, especially the young.
Click Here to view the Video
Courtesy : Geve Narielwalla

India’s Zoroastrians dying out for lack of Parsi clergy ?

In the cramped heart of the suburb called Andheri, the MF Cama Athornan Institute was strangely quiet. The institute, founded in 1923 to train Zoroastrian priests, is a large, M-shaped edifice with excellent infrastructure and teachers dedicated to the welfare of their students.

At present, those students number precisely four.

Classroom after classroom lay locked, their blank innards barely visible through smoked-glass windows. One room on the first floor, so big that even the softest voice echoed, used to be a dormitory holding as many as 50 beds; now it is occupied only by a clothesline strung across its breadth, bearing the laundry of its residents.

One leg of the M has been rented out as office space to an aviation academy. “Have you ever seen a school like this, where there are more teachers than students?” Dastur Firoze Kotwal said with a sigh. Mr Kotwal is a high priest and one of the religion’s greatest scholars. He is also an alumnus of the Cama institute and a former principal there. “It is almost a dying seminary.”

Click Here for more………

Courtesy : Ader Gandi

Farhad Khurshed

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Click Here for the full story

Zubin Kanga

Dear  friends

Below (the one in RED ) I append some latest links to  raves  by  top British Newspapers & Journals about this up and coming young Zarathushti’s performance  a few days ago at a big concert in London with the  London Sinfonieta Orchestra.  I had written to you about his  performances in Australia a month ago also.

Here is one of our ‘tribe’, a rising star in the musical firmament, that deserves a big applause in your Journals, Web sites and by Zoroastrians World-wide..

Have a peaceful day.


The pianists Rolf Hind and Zubin Kanga, and the Sinfonietta, together with the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, were all hugely impressive.

Say the Telegraph. of 19th Jan 2011

the two pianos, whose concertante function is as active as it is ambivalent, and to which Rolf Hind and Zubin Kanga brought an incisiveness of response as well as a variety of tonal shading that corresponded with that of the unusually demonstrative (for Furrer) yet translucent orchestration.

Reads the Classical Source of 19th Jan 2011

“Anchoring the whole were the two pianos of Rolf Hind and Zubin Kanga, relentless both, who, even when submerged by the teeming overtone grids, could be felt to playfully and authoritatively sound the disorderly pulse that gave the music its heart.”
Reads the Musical Critism awarding  four and a  half * (stars out of 5 ) on 20th January


“The two pianos, played by Rolf Hind and Zubin Kanga, act like a kind of mad dual metronome, shaping rhythyms that disintegrate, reintegrate and re-surface like undercurrents propelling the piece forward”   Say the BACHTRACK


Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:50:07 +1100

Zubin just gave a very major concert in London with the London Sinfonieta Orchestra. Marlene had actually gone to hear it as it was a very big event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the South Bank of London. I have attached several reviews below that were received. Our cousin Rustom (of England) attended too and mentioned nostalgically that his Dad (Homi) had grown up giving many concerts there over the years.




25th Dec 2010

Dear Friends,


Here is an Australian magazine  report on a Zoroastrian Zubin Kanga , Nephew of a  friend of  mine who  won the  2010 LIMELIGHT Best New Comer Award for his performance “ Piano Inside/Out”  at the Sydney Conservatorium in  July 2010. This was announced at an award ceremony at the Sydney Opera House a fortnight ago (9th Dec).

An article will appear in Limelight Magazine, Jan 2011

Zubin’s next performance is “Atmospheres” with Halcyon and austraLYSIS  at the Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Wed 15th Dec at 7.30pm. Tickets Adults $30/Concession$20, available at the door. Zubin will be performing in the first item only.


My thanks  go out  to those of  you who voted for him some 4  or 5 months ago in response of my email then. Thank you.


Rusi  25 Dec 2010

My name is Ader Gandi and I live in San Francisco, California, USA. My email address is

I, along with Yazdi Tantra in Bombay, started on January 18, 2011.

Our idea behind the is simple: use the power of the Internet to help fellow Parsis and Zoroastrians connect with each other at organized events worldwide.

This idea came to me as a result of the many times I would read or hear about a Parsi Zoroastrian event after it had occurred. I would have gone to the event had I head about it, but no one told me about it, and there is no central place on the web where I could find out about the event. Now there is:

You can write me an email at providing me with the details of the event.
The more detail you provide, the more chances of people coming to your event.

What is the name of the event.
What is the day, date and time of your event.  How long will the event last.
Who is it open to? All Parsi Zoroastrians? or Parsi Zoroastrians of a certain age.
Is there a cost to attend the event
Do you have a web link with additional details.
Contact information for event organizers.

PLEASE ADD ” PARSI EVENT” IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF THE EMAIL, OTHERWISE YOUR EMAIL MAY NEVER REACH ME. I will post your event on this web site, which is now being read by thousands of Parsi Zoroastrians world wide.


Medical Assistance Required

Good Afternoon Sir,

This is regarding the Financial cum Medical assistance required for the Heart Surgery of Mr. Darayush Batiwalla.

Kindly find attached the relevant letters relating to Mr. Darayush Batiwalla’s surgery.

1) Appeal Letter
2) Letter from Dr. Behram S. Pardiwalla
3) Letter from Dr. Suresh Joshi
4) Reference Letter from Mr. Noshir Dadrawala
5) Brief Medical history – 1

6)Brief Medical history – 2

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,

Tenaz Batliwalla
(sister of Darayush Batiwalla)

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