Thus Shines Zarathustra


A two-month exhibition aimed at reviving interest in the Parsi community will open in New Delhi on March 19; it’s called ‘Everlasting Flame’ and it shines a light on Zoroastrianism and its followers.

We need to educate the world about the Parsi community before we become museum pieces,” Pheroza Godrej, founder of Cymroza Art Gallery had told Mumbai Mirror when the government announced an exhibition to showcase Parsi culture to the world. Come March 19, the who’s who of the Parsi community will head to Delhi to see the best preserved bits about Zoroastrianism and Parsis in three museums.

The Everlasting Flame International Programme will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi. It’s a two-month-long exhibition and the government has spent Rs 14 crore to organize the event under its new scheme ‘Hamari Dharohar’ that was launched to preserve the rich heritage of minority communities of India. The programme includes three exhibitions – The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination; Painted Encounters – Parsi Traders and the Community and No Parsi Is an Island; and Threads of Continuity — that will be held at the National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Objects on display have been loaned from the British Library, British Museum, Tata Archives in Pune, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) in Mumbai, Alpaiwalla Museum in Mumbai and collections from Russia, Uzbekistan and Iran. A look at some of the objects going from CSMVS and Alpaiwalla Museum…”

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