Monthly Archives: June 2014

Mumbai’s famous Parsi chefs to cook for Delhi

Celebrities such as John Abraham and Bomani Irani (as well as several non-Parsi personages) swear by their patra ni machchi, their dhansak is considered among the best in Mumbai and, for the past seven years, they have been catering to the 120-year-old Ripon Club in Mumbai.

Tehtman and Shernaz Dumasia have certainly come a long way since setting up K Caterers in 1992. So when Executive Chef, Ravitej Nath of the Oberoi Gurgaon wanted to organise a Parsi food festival for the hotel’s specialty Indian restaurant Amaranta (on till June 22), he phoned Mumbai, prompting the Dumasias to come to the Capital for their first catering.

“I apprenticed in Parsi cuisine under my uncle, the legendary caterer, Minoo Bharucha, who encouraged me and Shernaz to branch out on our own. Shernaz learned Parsi cooking from her mother,” says Tehtman, who started out as a florist for weddings and other functions, something he still does at K Caterers, which takes care of all the minutiae of Parsi weddings, funerals and other functions. While they both cook, Shernaz prefers to stay in the kitchen while Tehtman, who is “more social”, steps out and interacts with guests.

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Archeological Tours of Tajikistan

HAFTKUL TRAVEL AGENCY ANNOUNCES ARCHEOLOGICAL TOUR OF TAJIKISTAN
  • TOUR OF THE ANCIENT SITES AND CITIES IN TAJIKISTAN –SEPTEMBER 4-15, 2014 COST 1695 EUROS (SINGLE) 1595     (DOUBLE) EXCLUDING AIRFARE
           TOURS WILL BE LED BY RUSSIAN ARCHEOLOGIST DR. PAVEL LURJE, “PASHA,” HEAD OF THE PANJAKENT EXPEDITION OF THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST. PETERSBURG. PASHA WILL GIVE SEVERAL TALKS ON HISTORY, LANGUAGES AND CULTURE OF ANCIENT TAJIKISTAN
Sogdiana and Bactria, ancient regions named in the Avesta, are partially located in Tajikistan and will be toured. Russian archaeologists have unearthed many sites associated with Zoroastrianism. The most famous of them are the “Oxus temple” at Takht-i Sangin in Bactria and the ancient settlement of Panjakent in Sogdiana. The famous Oxus Treasure (now in the British Museum) was found near Takhti Sangin, and Temple I in Panjakent displays a Zoroastrian connection and affiliation, including a fire sanctuary. Both tours will include these sites.
Tajik customs (especially among the people living in the mountains) retain elements going back to the Zoroastrian past. They have great reverence for fire and water, use bull’s urine for medical purposes, as well as the use for healing purposes of ephedra which they call ‘hum’ – that is, haoma.
The Tajik language is an Iranian language, very close to Persian. Tajiks integrated into Classical Persian literary tradition so even a farmer can recite from memory verses of Khayyam, Hafez, Rudaki, Bidel and Firdausi. A group of villagers, called the Yagnobis, living in the Zerafshan valley, still speak the Sogdian language. A tour of a Yagnobi village is planned.
The tours will also include visits to Museums in Dushanbe, Khojand and other places where many articles of Zoroastrian heritage are on display. The National Museum has special sections on Zoroastrian culture from the Achaemenian and Sasanian periods.
For further information on both tours, visit: http://www.haftkul.tj/
and write to:
Mr. Shodmon Sanginov, Haftkul Travel Co. sangin49@mail.ru
Dr. Pavel Lurje, Pasha pavlvslvria@gmail.com
To learn about the Zarathushtis of Central Asia, we have created a special all colour issue [Summer 2014 Vol 28. No 2] ,
of the Fezana Journal : On line Subscriptions @ bit.ly/SLt6TO

 

Call for Submissions: 2015 Nowruz Banner Contest

Call for Submissions: 2015 Nowruz Banner Contest

 Farhang Foundation invites you to showcase your artistic talents and share your passion for Iranian culture all at once

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 16, 2014 – Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring or veteran graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (Iranian New Year) or some other aspect of Iranian culture. Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on street banners that will proudly promote Farhang’s 7th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at LACMA throughout prominent boulevards in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley in March 2015.

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Nowruz Banner Contest offers contestants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a vital part of Farhang Foundation’s efforts to celebrate Nowruz with the public, receive recognition on Farhang’s website and global PR campaigns, and have their design featured on street banners displayed along Westwood Boulevard, the Wilshire Corridor, Ventura Boulevard and other areas in Los Angeles.

Eligible submissions will visualize some aspect of Nowruz or Iranian culture and must be the original work of the contestant. The selected design must be completed and submitted in high-resolution, printable .eps, .ai or .pdf, built to size. The winning designer is also required to be available and open to adjusting the final design, per the guidelines to be provided by Farhang Foundation and/or set forth by the City of Los Angeles. Deadline for submissions of design concepts is September 1, 2014.

The final selected design must incorporate the following phrasing, as well as Farhang Foundation and LACMA official logos:

– Farhang Foundation

– 7th Annual Nowruz; Celebrating Iranian New Year

– at LACMA

– March 21 & 22, 2015

– farhang.org

For samples of past eligible and winning designs visit www.farhang.org/Nowruz.

Selection of the winner is discretionary. Farhang Foundation reserves the sole right to select the design submitted. Upon selection, the artist is required to sign a release for the selected design to be used by Farhang Foundation for the purposes stated above.

DEADLINE & SUBMISSION INFO:

  1. Submit your original conceptual design in low resolution format (.jpg, .png or .pdf format) by or before September 1, 2014
  2. Include FULL NAME of the artist and TELEPHONE NUMBER
  3. All entries should be sent to Nowruz@farhang.org.

 

About Farhang Foundation

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info visit  www.farhang.org