Neglected Parsi museum in Mumbai being revamped

In about three years, non-Parsi scholars of Zoroastrianism will be able to see a replica of a fire temple at the revamped F D Alpaiwalla Museum, ensconced in Khareghat Colony on Hughes Road.

The restoration work was started about a year ago and funded by the Bombay Parsi Punchayet to create an enduring Zoroastrian legacy as part of the10th World Zoroastrian Congress, which wrapped up on Monday. On Wednesday, WZC delegates gathered for a “jashan” or traditional Zoroastrian blessing to mark the end of the first phase of the renovation , which involved securing the 80-year-old structure.

“The next phase involves restoring the artifacts (coins, stamps, furniture, porcelain and sculptures) and organising the lighting, display cabinets and temperature control,” said the National Gallery of Modern Art’s advisory committee chairperson Pheroza Godrej , who has been spearheading the project along with Zoroastrian researcher Firoza Punthakey-Mistree , conservation architect Vikas Dilawari, curator Nivedita Mehta and other conservationists .

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