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Religious Education, Future of Mobeds

In a religion as ancient as ours, the center of our spiritual physical being lies with these very priests. The dasturs, as they are known, are the custodians and implementers of all matters pertaining to religion, customs, ceremonies and the overall conscience of the religion. Zarathusti priests have over the centuries been the guiding force in the interpretation of our ancient texts, performing ceremonies of happiness and sadness, and being the silent custodians and arbitrators of our religious ethos.

Admissions for Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian Girls


Grant Road, Mumbai 400007


Girton High School is a 121 year old Parsi Managed Institution established in 1888 by Miss Bachoobai Moos. The school has always achieved 100% results at the S.S.C. Board Examinations and our pupils have also featured in the Merit List. Outstanding results at the S.S.C. Exam of March 2009. Highest percentage 92.30%. Out of 53 students, 28 students got Distinction – (8 students secured more than 90%), 20 students got 1 st class and 5 students got Second Class. The school caters to provide an all round education to equip the girls for life ahead with activities like Girl Guiding, Elocution, Music, Dance, Karate and self defence, Art, Craft, Computer literacy, Interactive’ education via Audio Visual.· The children are encouraged to participate in various Inter-House and Inter­School activities. Zoroastrian culture is emphasized upon by the teaching of religious knowledge under the able guidance of Zoroastrian Scholars.

The school is situated at a walking distance from Tata Colony, Gamadia Colony, Zoroastrian Colony (Chikalwadi), Captain Colony, Kashinath Street, Wadi a Street and Ness Baug.

Admission forms for Parsi Pupils in the S.S.C. Pre Primary Section for children between 2 1/2 years of age to 3 1/2 years of age, will be available at the school office from 21 st November 2009 onwards from 9.30 a.m. Private bus facility is available for the children.

For Admissions available for other classes from L.K.G. to Std. VIII inquire in January 2010.

Mrs. Pouruchisti C. Dubash, Principal

Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships – 2010



For Doctoral Studies at St.  John’s College, University of Cambridge, UK.

Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of St John’s College.  He is widely acknowledged as the architect of the economic reforms that have helped propel India onto the World Stage.  In honour of Dr Singh St John’s College, the University of Cambridge launched the Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships in Delhi in 2007.  These awards will enable academically outstanding Indian students to come to St. John’s College, University of Cambridge to study for doctoral degrees in subjects like Science & Technology, Economics and Social Sciences.

Applications in Aerospace Engineering and Energy Studies will be of particular interest

Eligibility criteria, guidelines and application form can be downloaded from

Closing date: 15 December 2009

Parsi athletes shine at int’l sports meet

The rough football ground of Dadar Parsi Gymkhana is cultivating rare laurels. Two middle-aged neighbours have won India a gold and a
silver medal at the prestigious World Masters Games (WMG) held in Sydney mid-October. Fareez Vasania, a 45-year-old industrial photographer, and 49-year-old lawyer Rohinton Mehta, who defends tobacco major ITC in court, are untouchable in their events although the spotlight is yet to turn on them in a nation obsessed with cricket.

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Diana Billimoria

Diana Bilimoria, Ph.D. is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Department of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.  She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from The University of Michigan.


Dr. Bilimoria’s research focuses on leadership, governance, gender and diversity in organizations.  Her work helps individuals and organizations enhance their leadership contributions and impact to create positive benefits.  She is interested in studying issues surrounding the representation, careers, quality of life and success of individuals in organizations, especially women and underrepresented minorities, particularly their advancement to and participation in senior organizational ranks such as in top executive teams and on boards of directors.  Her work on gender diversity, emotional intelligence, and leadership development has applications for individual, group, and organizational change.  Her research has been used to facilitate the institutional transformation of research universities to become more inclusive of the success and contributions of women faculty.  Other applications include the improvement of corporate and nonprofit organizational practices of selection, performance evaluation, advancement, and leadership development to attract and retain a diverse workforce.

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Statue of Shapur I Sassanid at Cave of Shapoor

The entrance of this cave is one of the largest in Iran. It is a 20m wide and 5m high portal leading to a 50x100m big and up to 12m high chamber.

In the middle of the entrance hall is a 1,800 years old statue of Shapoor I., the Great (241-272). About 1,400 years ago, after the collapse of the Sassanid dynasty, it was pulled down and lost one of its legs. About 70 years ago, the arms of the statue were also broken. 30 years ago a group of enthusiasts raised it on its feet and fixed the foot with iron and concrete.

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Jehangir Mehta

Jehangir Mehta is the executive chef and owner of New York City restaurant Graffiti. He is also the author of the 2008 HarperCollins cookbook “Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence,” offers a cooking class at his restaurant for children 4-14 called “Candy Camp” designed to build interest in more diverse foods, hosts exclusive in-home dinner parties and runs an event planning company.

He’s a creative genius, one of the hardest working men in the food biz, eloquent and also truly a nice guy. A visit to his restaurant Graffiti will confirm it all.

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Parsi Theatre



Theatre tradition in Sanskrit was very rich & highly developed in ancient India. One more theatre tradition was there which was folk theatre tradition. Sanskrit Theatre tradition which was originated before Kalidas, developed rapidly up to 8th century. Thereafter emergence of outside forces restricted its growth up to beginning of 19th century. In all adverse conditions Folk Theatre kept alive its identity. Even in folk theatre two streams Ras Lila & Ram Lila was much popular & they contributed to development of modern theatre. For the pioneers of Modern Theatre like Vishnudas Bhave such traditions only were available for reference.

Parsi Theatrical Company

Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali

In 1840’s Vishnudas Bhave started Marathi Theatre. Before him king of Tanjore Bhonsle had written & staged few dramas which was basically inspired from ‘Jan Natak’ of that period & folk traditions like ‘Yaksha Gaan’ & ‘ Bhagvat Mela’. Within short period after that in 1850’s Parsis started Parsi Theatre in Bombay. Parsis were basically Gujarati. They started playing dramas in their Parsi language, which was typical form of Gujarati, language. In 1871 Dadi Patel staged first ever Urdu drama which was an Urdu translation of (Parsi) Gujarati drama ‘Suna Na Mul In Khurshed’ (Written by Edalji Khori, translated by Behramji F. Marzban).

Mulji A Oza

Around 1878 two brothers Mulji & Waghji Asharam Oza established ‘Morbi Arya Subodh Natak Mandali’ in Morbi (Saurashtra) & started Gujarati Theatre activity on full flagged. Thus all these three tradition are found distinct from each other at end of 19th century. However staging of Gujarati Dramas by Parsis & staging of Urdu – Hindi Dramas by Gujaratis are found up to 1930’s & even beyond that.Vaghji A Oza

Music of theatre is a unique feature of Indian culture. The main contribution of professional theatre which started in India in mid of 19th century is its music which was such significant that it is suppose to be given special identity as one more class of Indian musical tradition but it does not happened.


Master Mohan

In the initial period (up to 1866 AD) music was not considered as a part of drama but was used to present at middle or end of drama in form of concert. Then after tradition of singing song in main stream of story came in to existence.

In Parsi theatre music one important type was of COMIC SONGS which was a unique feature significantly found in Parsi – Urdu & Gujarati theatre. Phirozshah Mistry, Sorabjee Dhondi, Master Mohan etc. were famous comic artists of that time. Their records were also cut in large numbers, which remained popular for a long time. Comic songs are also found in Urdu theatre.

Apart from Classical based songs & comic songs there were also some English songs or Western Music based songs. Many times such songs were comic songs.


In beginning music of Gujarati Theatre was highly influenced by Parsi-Urdu Theatre. In this period overleaping and interactions of Parsi-Gujarati theatre was such an intense that it is very difficult to discriminate both. Attempts of incorporating classical music were done. However traditional folk music also find its way because the majority of viewers class belonged to rural population particularly in villages.

Courtesy : Phil Masters

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