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Stories from the Shahnameh : Stream Feathers of Fire this weekend in celebration of the Persian New Year…. 21 March 2020

As a NowRuz gift, Kingorama is offering a free viewing of their shadow-theater epic ‘Feathers of Fire’ which is based on the stories of the Shahnameh
We encourage you all to take advantage of this free screening before it ends this Sunday at 11.59 pm. Directions on how to watch are in the forwarded email.
Enjoy the show and stay safe and healthy!
Warm regards,
Perinaaz for ZACC-DC

Stream Feathers of Fire this weekend in celebration of the Persian New Year.

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A gift to our community.

Dear friends,

Our community has supported us in so many ways on our creative journey, and now we want to say thank you!  During this time of quarantine, pop some popcorn, dim the lights, and enjoy the award-winning shadow theater epic Feathers of Fire.

In the last 24 hours, over 2000 people have watched the show.  Don’t miss out.  
Watch Feathers of Fire on Vimeo all weekend long.  Share this link with your friends and family, leave us a comment, and celebrate the coming spring with adventure and beauty.

This link is only available through this Sunday night 11:59 PM.



Happy Nowruz♥

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To learn more about Feathers of Fire and Kingorama,
visit www.kingorama.com.

 

V. Balsara – accomplished musician

Exclusive Rare old Clip : This is a very rare video in which V. BALSARA, ( a Parsi musician who contributed very richly to Bombay and Bengali film industries)known for his versatility with an array of musical instruments like Piano, Univox, Melodica, Sitar, etc., plays ‘Bol Radha Bol’ on Univox & Accordion. After that, he plays Shehnai on Univox. And the man listening to him is none other than one of the greatest music directors and singers, HEMANT KUMAR!

FREDDIE MERCURY CLOSE

 

‘Freddie Mercury Close’ was officially unveiled on February 24, by Freddie’s sister, Kashmira Bulsara, and the Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Tony Louki. Personally I would have preferred ‘Freddie Balsara Close’. (Balsar is a small town in Gujarat.). But then Fareydoon Balsara never wanted to be known as a ‘desi’.

LONDON — A street in the London suburb where Freddie Mercury lived as a teenager was renamed Freddie Mercury Close on Monday at a ceremony attended by the late Queen frontman’s sister.
Their family moved to Feltham in west London after fleeing the revolution in Zanzibar in 1964.
Local authorities agreed to rename part of Hanworth Road – the address of the headquarters of the World Zoroastrian Organization. Mercury was born a Zoroastrian and practiced the ancient religion as a child.
The family actually lived a short walk away at 22 Gladstone Avenue. That site was marked with a blue plaque in 2016.
Mercury died in 1991 aged 45 due to complications from AIDS. The Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity set up after his death, supports projects fighting HIV and AIDS worldwide.

Zubin’s Art

Zubin does painting in his spare times, a mobed by profession. He is a full time Mobed at Patel Agiary, Andheri West, Mumbai.

Zubin suffered a right side paralytic stroke in 10th std. Being handicapped he still performs his mobed duties very well and paints too immaculately. Really commendable.

If people buy his paintings,  he will be benefitted.

Just spread the word by forwarding this link to Parsi Irani brethran in India and abroad.

Please do visit his website and have a look at his exquisite creations – Click on the link below!

Zubin Vaid

The Right Left Wing

Heyy,
Four of the best singers in the community have come together to form a band,
The Right Left Wing 🎤🎸 who will be debuting at Wings ‘19, at the Rustom Baug Grounds on the 17th of November, 7 pm onwards.
With food counters like SodaBottleOpenerWala, Quintessential Desserts, Dosas, Kebabs and more!🍕🧁
OPEN FOR ALL AND ENTRY FREE

SOAS PhD FOR NAZNEEN ENGINEER

Having recently been awarded her PhD, Dr. Nazneen Engineer is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies.
Her interest in Zoroastrian Studies emerged after she attended the December 2007 World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in Australia.
For her doctorate, which was awarded to her on July 24, 2019, at SOAS in London, she produced an annotated translation of a Parsi Gujarati text written in 1883 by a prominent high-priest of the Parsi community. Her post-doctoral journey continues…

Hamaaree deen Zarthoshti – Our Religion, Zarathushtri –

A Religious Gujarati Song

 

  1. mIno:9I getIm%a AavI, pygam prvr t8o lavI,
  2. Meenoeethee geteemaan aawee, paygaam parvar tanoh laawee,
  3. Coming from spiritual to this world, bringing the message of Ahura Mazda

   A=o jr9oSte felavI, hmarI dIn jr9oStI (3)

   Ashoh jarthosteh felaawee, hamaaree deen jarthostee (3)

   Righteous Zarathushtra propagated, our Religion, Zarathushtri (3)

jgtm%a ßeQ5 mna; je, hmarI dIn jr9oStI

Jagatmaahn shreshtha manaaee jeh, hamaaree deen jarthostee

Believed to be the best (for us) in the world, our Religion, Zarathushtri

  1. A=o: pr rca; je, sda scpr S9pa; je,

Ashoee pahr rachaaee jeh, sadaa sachpahr sthapaaee jeh,

It is based on Righteousness, established always on truthfulness,

jgtm%a ßeQ5 mna; je, hmarI dIn jr9oStI (3)

Jagatmaahn shreshtha manaaee jeh, hamaaree deen jarthostee (3)

Believed to be the best (for us) in the world, our Religion, Zarathushtri (3)

jgtm%a ßeQ5 mna; je, hmarI dIn jr9oStI

Jagatmaahn shreshtha manaaee jeh, hamaaree deen jarthostee

Believed to be the best (for us) in the world, our Religion, Zarathushtri

  1. fre+ta jena negheban, Am=aSp%do shu pasban,
  2. fareshtaah jehnaa negahebaan, amshaaspandoh sahu paasbaan,
  3. All the Angels are our Watchmen, all Ameshaaspands are our guardians,

mzdano puà Aat= mhan, hmarI dIn jr9oStI (3)

Mazdaanoh putra aatash mahaan, hamaaree deen jarthostee (3)

Aatash, the son of Ahuramazda, is great, our Religion, Zarathushtri (3)

jgtm%a ßeQ5 mna; je, hmarI dIn jr9oStI

Jagatmaahn shreshtha manaaee jeh, hamaaree deen jarthostee

Believed to be the best (for us) in the world, our Religion, Zarathushtri

  1. mn+nI nI `ubI NyarI, gv+nI AejmtI -arI,

Manashnee nee khubee nyaaree, gavashnee ejmatee bhaaree,

Manashnee’s special excellence is wonderful, Gawashnee’s magic is awesome,

kun+nI de jge yarI, hmarI dIn jr9oStI (3)

Kunashnee deh jageh yaaree, hamaaree deen jarthostee (3)

Kunashnee gives help in this world, our Religion, Zarathushtri (3)

jgtm%a ßeQ5 mna; je, hmarI dIn jr9oStI

Jagatmaahn shreshtha manaaee jeh, hamaaree deen jarthostee

Believed to be the best (for us) in the world, our Religion, Zarathushtri

(one extra verse from the original song not included in the attached song)

  1. pr=te= jenI gu8karI, sfX 9ay @%dgI sarI,

Parashtesh jehnee gunkaaree, safal thaay jeendagee saaree,

Its following is advantageous, will make your life successful.

de bNne jhanm%a yarI, hmarI dIn jr9oStI (3)

Deh banneh jahaanmaan yaaree, hamaaree deen jarthostee (3)

Will give help in both the worlds, our Religion, Zarathushtri (3)

jgtm%a ßeQ5 mna; je, hmarI dIn jr9oStI

Jagatmaahn shreshtha manaaee jeh, hamaaree deen jarthostee

Believed to be the best (for us) in the world, our Religion, Zarathushtri

                 (By Parsi Poet: Dara Printer, sung by the Marzban and Dara Mehta Brothers orchestra)

SPD Comments:

  1. Parsi Poet Dara Printer was well known among the Parsis in Mumbai. He also wrote the famoussongs: Maahtaab Sum Madhuro and Maaraa Bholaa dilnu, the twosongs sung by none other than Mukesh Bhaiyyaa.

  1. In the fourth verse of thesongabove, Dara Bhai has used Manashnee, Gavashnee and Kunashnee words to mean Humata, Hukhta and Hvarshta (Good Thoughts, Words and Deeds). However, Manashnee Gavashnee and Kunashnee as such mean only Thoughts, Words and Deeds. Dara Bhai has taken poetic license to use shorter form of these words instead of correct words: Hu-manashnee,

Hu-gavashnee and Hu-kunashnee, which are equivalent to Humata, Hukhta and Hvarshta.

  1. It is so sad that such beautiful Parsisongsare becoming a memory of the past. And not many of our young Zoroastrians are writing such wonderful songs in English. May be this is an appeal to them to revive our old Religious Monaajaats and songs in English.

May the Flame of Fellowship, Love, Charity and Respect for all burn ever eternal in our hearts so we can do HIS work with humility, diligence and eternal enthusiasm!

 

In HIS SERVICE 24/7!

Atha Jamyaat, Yatha Aafrinaamahi! (May it be so as we wish!)

Love and Tandoorasti, Soli Dastur

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