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Uncover Mumbai’s most loved community this weekend through Dadar Parsi colony trail

This weekend, take a break from Ganpati pandal-hopping and set out on a walk through the Dadar Parsi Colony, which is home to heritage structures, leafy bylanes and one of Mumbai’s most loved communities
What makes the Dadar Parsi Colony so special? How did it end up becoming the largest Zoroastrian enclave in the world? Who lives here now? Learn all there is to know about this locality, which is sandwiched between Matunga’s Five Gardens and Wadala’s BeST bus depot, with a free guided walk this weekend.

Organised by Sahapedia, an open online resource on the arts, cultures and heritage of India, the walk will be led by Vimala MV. “The idea is to understand the Parsi community better and look beyond the stereotypes. The walk will be filled with fun trivia and interesting facts about the colony and community,” she says.

On: August 27, 9 am to 10.45 am 
Meeting point: Outside Cafe Madras, King’s Circle, Matunga.
To: register
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Call: 9886687912

Heritage buildings
According to architect Kamu Iyer, most buildings in the Dadar Parsi Colony were designed by architects, unlike the nearby Hindu Colony, where structures were commissioned to contractors. This is why most of the structures in the former were different – ahead of their time and planned for a western style of living. Several of these buildings are used as settings for period dramas. Among the movies recently shot in the locality are Raees, Rustom and Special 26.

Cafe 792
Although shut on Sundays, this little café run by a Parsi is a great snack stop if you happen to be in the area on any other day. Grab a quick bite – they stock sandwiches, wraps, puffs, desserts and more – and sip on a cup of piping hot coffee while you’re at it. They also have a daily meal menu, offering traditional Parsi eats such as Dhansak, Kaju Chicken, Patra Prawns, and more.

Time: 10.30 am to 8 pm (Sundays closed) 
At: 792, Dina Manzil Outhouse, Jam-e-Jamshed Road
Call: 9619585792

The bust of mancherji joshi
The construction of the Dadar Parsi Colony in the 1920s was a response to the outbreak of plague in the island city, and an attempt to get members of the community to move to the suburbs. The man responsible for the planned layout of the area is Mancherji Joshi, who was an architect with the Bombay Improvement Trust. Every aspect, from how tall the buildings could be, to what kind of trees could be planted in the locality, was taken care of by Joshi himself. Although you won’t be visiting his home, where his granddaughter Zarine Engineer continues to live, you can stop to admire his bust, located at the entrance to the colony.

Rustom faramna agiary
This 88-year-old fire temple is named in honour of hotelier and philanthropist Rustom Faramna, who built it when he realised there was no place of worship for members of the community residing in the colony. When he passed away, the management of the agiary fell to his brother-in-law, and it is now managed by a board of trustees, which includes Faramna’s descendents. At this agiary, you will find an exhaustive record of every single person who has lived in the Parsi Colony since its establishment. The agiary was given a facelift on its 75th anniversary.

‘It was the start of middle class housing’

Simin Patel, Founder, Bombaywalla
The Dadar Parsi Colony is fascinating for many reasons. It marked the beginning of affordable housing in the city for the middle class, and today, it houses the largest concentration of Parsis. The way other communities can interact with the space differentiates it from other Parsi baugs, which are gated.

‘Its exclusivity is what makes it unique’

Kamu Iyer, Architect
The locality has managed to retain its structures and look thanks to the conservative nature of the Parsi community, which shielded the colony from redevelopment. A British-era covenant ensures that even today, most of the houses here can only be owned by or rented out to Parsis.

By ShraddhaUchil

2018 Nowruz Banner Contest  

Farhang Foundation
Call for Submissions: 

2018 Nowruz Banner Contest  

Farhang Foundation invites artists worldwide to participate in its Annual Official Nowruz Banner Contest!
LOS ANGELES, CA, August 24, 2017 – Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and veteran graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) commemorating Farhang’s annual celebration of Nowruz in Los Angeles.  Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on street banners and other marketing material that will proudly promote Farhang’s 10th Annual Nowruz Celebration at UCLA throughout prominent boulevards of Los Angeles in February and March of 2018.
2017 Winning Design By 
 Rashin Kheiriyeh

The 2018 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 digital and social platforms and global PR campaigns, and have their design featured on hundreds of street pole banners throughout the city of Los Angeles!

Eligible submissions will visualize some aspect of Nowruz orIranian 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.
The final selected design must incorporate the following phrasing, as well as Farhang Foundation‘s official logo using the standard Banner Template.
– Celebrating Nowruz / Iranian New Year
– March 11, 2018
– Royce Hall, Dickson Court at UCLA
– Presented by Farhang Foundation
For samples of past winning designs visit our Nowruz Banner Gallery.
2018 Nowruz Banner Contest
2018 Nowruz Banner Contest
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.
  1. Submit your original conceptual design in low resolution format (.jpg, .png or .pdf format) by or before October 2, 2017
  2. Include FULL NAME of the artist, location and TELEPHONE NUMBER
  3. All entries should be submitted via email to

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