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The Sorabji Archive

Here you will find details including how to obtain Sorabji’s music scores, literary writings, recordings, news from The Sorabji Archive about upcoming performances and new editions, and a host of other information about this remarkable 20th century figure.

The legacy of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892–1988) is vast. Composer, pianist and critic, Sorabji was born in 1892 in England, his father a Parsi engineer from Bombay and his mother apparently a soprano, was once thought to be Spanish-Sicilian but it has been discovered that she was English.

Sorabji was an enormously prolific composer, who completed over 100 works between 1915 and 1984, many for piano solo, some of enormous dimensions. Some were published between 1919 and 1931, but much of his music remains for the time being in manuscript only.

Canada Business

Being based in  Calgary, Canada I am wondering whether you could  explore Canada-India trade as an avenue for  networking.

For example Canada has abundant resources in Paper/Pulp; Minerals  such as Potash, Nickel, Palladium; Grains (Dals etc); raw petroleum  products; all which have a big demand in India.

I would be glad to facilitate such contacts if  people are interested.

I have set up a consultancy firm :

for implementing process optimization & I regularly come across Canadian products that are very cost effective but have little exposure in the Indian market.
If anyone is interested in sourcing the items  listed above, I would love to help.
Reliance is also coming to Alberta for the OilSands & it would be great if Parsis got a leg in to this fast expanding market.

Nader Patel

Dr. Malcolm Billimoria tackles Pancreatic Cancer

Surgeon tackles ‘inoperable’ pancreatic cancer

Dr. Malcolm Bilimoria, has performed the pancreatic cancer surgery more than 700 times, never losing a patient during surgery. More than two dozen of his Whipple patients are still alive more than five years later, and are considered cured.

Bilimoria learned his craft at Northwestern University and the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, then worked at Evanston Hospital, before being lured to Northwest Community Hospital last year for the opening of its Illinois Center for Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Disease, which specializes in treating the pancreas, liver and bile ducts.

Read the Full Story here

Papers of Sir Dinshaw Wacha

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Harvard University and the grand-nephew of Dasturji Hormazdyar Mirza.  I have been studying the history of the Parsis and Zoroastrianism for the past three years and I am currently beginning my dissertation research, which will be on Dadabhai Naoroji, the “Grand Old Man of India.”

I am trying to locate an extremely important collection of personal papers which appear to have gone missing in the Parsi community:  the papers of Sir Dinshaw Wacha.  Wacha was a prominent early nationalist and a close ally of both Dadabhai Naoroji and Pherozeshah Mehta.  During the first decades of the Indian National Congress he served as the Congress’ general secretary.  Wacha had regular correspondence with both Mehta and Naoroji.  Due to the paucity of surviving material that we have on both great Parsi leaders, Wacha’s personal papers can provide extremely valuable material.

Wacha’s personal papers seem to have been last located in the 1970s, when they were researched by two scholars, Eckehard Kulke and John Hinnells.  Last week, Professor Hinnells provided me with some details of what he remembers regarding their whereabouts.  The papers were kept in the collection of the Western Indian National Liberal Federation, an organization which Wacha led after he left the Congress.  Several other prominent Parsis, such as JRB Jeejeebhoy, Cowasjee Jehangir, Phiroze Sethna, and AD Shroff were members of the Federation.

The papers of the Federation, Professor Hinnells tells me, were kept in a cabinet in the office of a Parsi law firm located in Fort in Bombay.  Professor Hinnells learned about their whereabouts through the assistance of D.N. Marshall, then librarian of Bombay University.

I would greatly appreciate any assistance in locating these papers.  These papers are not only important for my dissertation — they constitute an extremely important collection of historical material for the Parsi community as well as the Indian nation.  I sincerely hope that these papers have not been destroyed or misplaced, and thereby lost to us forever.

In addition, please do let me know if you or your family have any old letters, papers, or artifacts relating to Dadabhai Naoroji, Pherozeshah Mehta, Dinshaw Wacha, or other early Parsi nationalists and political figures.  With your permission, I would be extremely interested in seeing this material for my research.

You may contact me by either email or letter:

Department of History

Harvard University

Robinson Hall, Second Floor

Cambridge, MA 02138


Many thanks for your assistance,

Dinyar Patel

Dinyar Patel
Ph.D. Candidate, Modern South Asia
Department of History
Harvard University
+1 (650) 796-2486

Padmashri Noshir Minoo Shroff

Shroff Eye Centre is one of the leading eye centres of the country, based in Delhi, offering state-of-the-art modern diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative services of the highest quality in all subspecialties of ophthalmology. Registered with Directorate of Health Services, of the government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the centre spans over 15,000 square feet, with a staff complement of over 125 including over 35 doctors. Recognized as a premier eye care service provider, the centre is empanelled with various national and international organizations and leading health insurance companies. The centre attracts patients from all corners of the country and from abroad and caters to an average of 30,000 patient visits per year with over 4000 surgeries performed annually.

A firm commitment to quality is at the heart of all services provided at Shroff Eye Centre. Every doctor and staff member is committed to providing personal attention and the most advanced medical care to every person who comes to the Centre

We are pleased to announce the opening of Shroff Eye Centre, Gurgaon.

The Shroffs have been pioneers in the field of professional eye care in northern India. The foundation for the humane family traditions of eye care was laid by Dr. S. P. Shroff, who became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, U.K in the year 1910. He started Ophthalmological work in Delhi and established “Dr.Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital” at Daryaganj, Delhi in 1926 making it the first hospital of its kind in northern India. Dedicating it solely to eye care he equipped it with the best of instruments and facilities available at that time. Click Here for their website

President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma award to Noshir Minoo Shroff during a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on April 7, 2010.  Click Here for the photo

Agiary Salgrehs


The Bai Pirojbai Dadabhoy Maneckji Vatcha Agiary in Fort celebrates its 130th Anniversary on Sunday, April 18, Roz Ardibehesth, Mah Adar, YZ 1379. There will be a Jashan at 9.30 a.m.


On Roj Amardad, Mah Adar, Y.Z. 1379, Thursday 22, the Seth Sorabji Kharshedji Thoothi Agiary, situated at Walkeshwar, will per­form a Havan Geh Maachi in the morning and a Jashan ceremony at 10 a.m. will be per­formed by the Trustees of the Agiary. Dr. Darius H. Umrigar will also speak on ‘Sin is called the disease of the Soul’ at 6 p.m.


On Roj Adar, Mah Adar, Y.Z. 1379, April 24 at 6.45 a.m., a Maachi will be held followed by a Jashan at 10 a.m. by the Trust and at 3.45 p.m. the ‘Ugrana­nu-Jashan’ will be held. At 7 p.m. a Jashan will also be performed.


On Roj Adar, Mah Adar, Y.Z. 1379, April 24 at 5 p.m. a Jashan will be performed at the above mentioned Daremeher and BPP Trustee Noshir H. Dadrawala will speak on aatash Marfate Ahura-ni­-Parasti.


On Roj Adar, Mah Adar, Y.Z. 1379, April 24, a Jashan ceremony will be held at 8.30 a.m. by the Trustees of Seth Shapoorji Sorabji Kappawala Daremeher.

All Parsi-Irani-Zoroastrians are welcome to attend the above ceremonies.

Zochild Children’s Program – Summer 2010



  1. The 5th Summer Swimming Camp at Bombay Y.M.C.A. from May 10 to June 3, 2010 (From 9.15 am to 10.15 am from Monday to Saturday). Age group from 6 years to 15 years Only.
    1. Zochild introduces SKATING ACTVITY and will be conducted at Cama Baug from Thursday May 6, 2010 to Saturday June 5, 2010 from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon from Monday to Saturday. Skates will be provided to the children. Age group from 6 years to 16 years Only.

3.Empowerment Programme with personality development through Games And Fun Learning for children of the age . group of 12 years to 16 years Only. This activity will be conducted in two batches – from 17th to 19th May 2010 and from 20th to 22nd May 2010.

Forms to be filled on Wednesday 21st April 2010 and Thursday 22nd April 2010 from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm at:


Navroze Mansion, Opp. Bhatia Hospital, Above Kamat Restaurant, 4th floor, Tardeo.

Contact Dinaz on office number 23861594 / 9930920206 or Urvax Dhanda – 9820343311

All activities totally free.

Admission on first come first serve basis. Right of admission reserved.

Forms to be submitted along with doctors fitness certificate for Swimming / Skating (mentioning that the child is fit for swimming and has no skin allergies) & two photographs & a copy of the Birth Certificate must be submitted with each entry form.

The Great Parsi Gender Divide

Why Sauce For the Parsi Goose Is Not Sauce For the Parsi Gander?

By Noshir H. Dadrawala

Parsis have been in the National news again and as usual for all the wrong reasons.

The current dispute is essentially gender based:

  • Why can only Parsi men marry outside the community and continue to enjoy full religious rights – including their children, after their ‘navjote’ is performed?
  • Why is it that Parsi women who are married under the Special Marriages Act are grudgingly granted limited religious rights and their children not accepted within the fold?

What do the scriptures state in this matter?

What is the legal position in India with regard to inter-faith marriages among Parsis and the children of such marriages?

Let’s study the facts objectively!

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