Nasli Heeramaneck migrated to the U.S. from India in 1927 with two main possessions: $75 in cash and a trunkful of objets d’art and Oriental miniatures. The son of a Bombay art dealer and a descendant of a long line of Parsis (a sect that left Persia in about the 8th century and settled in India), Heeramaneck quickly found a ready market in America. From that day forward, his policy became, as his wife Alice puts it, to “buy five, sell four and keep the best for himself.”
Heeramaneck’s eye for quality, however, was so sharp that even his “second bests” were good enough to ensure him a blue-chip roster of clients, including some of the top U.S. museums. In the process, he built up his own private collections—not only from his native subcontinent, but also of pre-Columbian and Persian art. When a choice
selection from Heeramaneck’s Indian collection toured four U.S. museums two years ago, curators eyed them avidly and wondered which lucky museum would acquire the lot.
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Courtesy : Dinyar Patel
The History of an Atashgah rooted in the time of the Sassanid’s
In the Absheron peninsula of Azerbaijan, there are many places where the fire comes up from the underground. The earliest mentions of this phenomenon were noted by Priscus in 5th century, by Al-Istakhri and Mas’udi in the 7th-10th centuries. Zoroastrians lived in the Transcaucasia from the Achaemenian times and worshiped these forever burning flames and built the fire temples. One of these temples is called Atashgah (“Place of Fire”) and survives to our days in the Surakhane village, 15 km far from Baku.
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Applications are invited from Parsee / Iranian Zoroastrians for Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Parsee Benevolent Institution – Dinoo Vatcha Loan Scholarships for the Academic rear 2011 – 2012 for higher studies abroad in Engineering / Science (including Medical Science) and any other subjects at the discretion of Trustees. Applicants should be graduates of a recognized Indian University, with a minimum result of 60%. Candidates studying in the Final Year of Degree or Diploma courses and who are awaiting results, are also eligible to apply. They must have secured admission or have applied for admission in reputable foreign Universities for courses commencing June 2011. However, the final award is subject to their securing admission. Application Forms will be issued from the Office of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Parsee Benevolent Institution, 209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001 from 1st April 011 to 15th May 2011 and completed forms should reach the Institution not later than 1st May 2011. Contact: Ms. Dilnavaz V. Dalal on Telephone No.-22611881
A very detailed and incisive portrayal of the Parsees of India in the National Geographic Magazine of 1905, by William Thomas Fee, US Consul General, Bombay.
” The story of the Parsees and the Tower of Silence has been written at the US Consulate …………It is not claimed that anything new has been told, though it is hoped that the old may have been stated in a new light. ….I am under great obligation to many Parsees for considerable data and help given to me, but especially to my friend, the late Dossabhai Framjee Karaka, the historian. ”
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- Religion of Zoroaster
- Emigration to India
- Retention of Individuality for 1200 years
- Personal Characteristics
- Customs and Manners
- Public Spirited Generosity
- Highly Educated and Progressive People
- Some Peculiar Customs
- Marriage Ceremonies
- The Towers of Silence
Courtesy : Prof. Dr. Ardeshir Damania