10th World Zoroastrian Congress – Mumbai

Dear all,


The 10th World Zoroastrian Congress will be held in Mumbai from 27thDecember to 30th December 2013. The last World Zoroastrian Congress was hosted by Dubai in December 2009, and India will be hosting this grand event after an interval of 23 years.


The Organising Committee of the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress is making all efforts to make this event a spectacular and most unforgettable experience for all our delegates. We are sure you must be eagerly awaiting updates, so here’s everything to bring you up to speed:



The theme of the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress is ‘Zoroastrianism in the 21st Century: Nurturing Growth and Affirming Identity’. The Zoroastrian community in the 21st century needs to grow not only in its numbers, but in its economic and social welfare index, in its entrepreneurship and its contribution to the communities in which it exists. With this growth, the community affirms its identity as a socially and economically progressive unit, recognised for its selfless altruism – in short, projecting the past into the future.



The venue of the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress is the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), a sophisticated and centrally located at Nariman Point in South Mumbai with a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea. NCPA is India’s foremost cultural establishment and the venue is, therefore, representative of the rich patronage it enjoys from Parsi and Iranian Zoroastrians.



The Organising Committee is finalising a selection of the most suitable and convenient places to stay at for our outstation and foreign delegates. The choice of the hotels will be determined by its proximity to the venue and will suit different budgets. The details will be put up shortly on the website:www.wzcmumbai.com.



The registration for the Congress will be happening shortly, as we are awaiting finalisation of the payment gateway to enable payment of delegate fees online. The details will be put up shortly on the website: www.wzcmumbai.com. We look forward to receiving a tremendous response from all of you and hope to make the Congress a success with your participation.



The 10th World Zoroastrian Congress is proud to announce an exhibition as part of its cultural objective. ‘From Canton to Mumbai – The Story of Parsi Textiles’ intends to showcase Parsi and Iranian textiles and costumes, such asGara saris, Tanchoi saris, Jablas (loose blouse) and CoateesIjars (loose pantaloons), embroidered shawls, and traditional Zoroastrian costumes from the province of Yazd, Iran. These costumes were worn by immigrant Zoroastrians from Iran (popularly referred to as the Iranis in India) when they came to Bombay in the 19th Century. This exhibition will also showcase Canton of the 19th Century from where Parsi merchants purchased Garas and brought them to Bombay.



The Congress will put forward an approximate number of 50 sessions and panel discussions that will be addressed by eminent speakers and scholars from India and all over the world. The morning segment of the Congress will comprise keynote speakers and panellists addressing topics in consonance with the Congress theme: ‘Zoroastrianism in the 21st Century: Nurturing Growth and Affirming Identity’. The afternoons will be dedicated to breakout sessions, with experts speaking on topics as diverse as socio-religious issues; lessons from history; youth affairs; arts, theatre and law – aspects of community living; the correlation between rituals and religion; and a dedicated Iranian section. A more detailed programme schedule will be put up shortly on the website:www.wzcmumbai.com.



As a legacy of the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress we have undertaken to restore and refurbish the Alpaiwalla Museum in Khareghat colony at Mumbai to its former glory. This will entail excessive refurbishment of the structure as well as interiors and creating display areas for more than 1,800 rare artifacts with the museum.



The Organising Committee is looking for well-meaning members of the community to come forward and support the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress. Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla, Chairman, Serum Institute of India Ltd. is our main sponsor. The House of Godrej is an event sponsor. If you are interested in supporting the Congress through sponsorship, or if you know anyone else who might be interested in doing so, please email us onsponsorship@wzcmumbai.com.


On behalf of the Organising Committee, I look forward to welcoming you all to the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress, and do log on to www.wzcmumbai.comfor further updates.



Warm Regards,

Dinshaw Mehta


Bombay Parsi Punchayet

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