Mumbai’s famed music institution, The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, in association with Furtados, kicks off crowdfunder to gift Rs 68 lakh grand Steinway piano to its students; donors can sponsor individual keys for Rs 76,000 each

MMMF piano students play on a Steinway grand piano. The smaller Model S is currently 
at Furtados’ warehouse. Pics/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Music patrons in the city and across the country are in for a rare opportunity where they can sponsor, not an entire grand piano, but just a key from it. The cost? Just Rs 76,000.
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A representative pic of a Steinway grand piano, with the middle C key held down. The Mehli Mehta Foundation has donated this key the first that a child learns which costs Rs 1.4 lakh in the 88 Keys Programme
In a first in the country, the Steinway 88 Keys Programme was launched last week by the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation (MMMF), named after Western classical maestro Zubin Mehta’s late father and instituted by classical musician Mehroo Jeejeebhoy. MMMF has its eyes on an instrument from the world’s leading piano manufacturers, Steinway and Sons (also known as Steinway). While it is the smallest model of grand pianos made by Steinway, it comes at a whopping pricetag of Rs 68 lakh, a cost that the non-profit music foundation cannot afford. “We want to raise the quality of Western classical music education in the country and this grand piano from Steinway, known to be one of the best makes in the world, is a step towards that goal,” says Jeejeebhoy, at the Cumballa Hill school.
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The Steinway grand piano Model S, also called ‘the city grand’
On a suggestion from Kalbadevi’s reputed music instruments store, Furtados, MMMF initiated this fundraiser, allowing people to crowdfund the piano, key by key. Moreover, the actual price of the piano is upward of Rs 71 lakh (based on currency fluctuations) but being offered at a preferential rate of Rs 68 lakh by Furtados for the school’s philanthropic agenda.
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Anthony Gomes
Out of 88 keys, 85 come at Rs 76,000 per key; the remaining cost more: the middle C — the first key learnt by a child — costs Rs 1.4 lakh, and the keys of the highest and lowest notes come at Rs 1 lakh each. “This is just a strategy for funding this piano. It is not possible for one donor to contribute entirely,” explains Jeejeebhoy.
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Mehroo Jeejeebhoy. Pic/Nimesh Dave

The innovative crowd-funding model, which has been occasionally implemented across other countries, is explained on the Steinway website and sometimes even borrowed by pianos of other makes. This time around, the fundraiser is a collaborative effort between MMMF and Furtados, which has the Model S, measuring 5 feet one inch, stored in their warehouse. Anthony Gomes, director of Furtados, says, “We hope that the ask from donors in the Western classical community is not perceived as a substantial one. This is not so much a purchase as much as an acquisition for the school; it has been an aspiration for the school, which has regrettably remained unfulfilled for long due to funding reasons,” he adds. Jeebhoy also says, “When we can spend lakhs on a motorcar, we can do the same for an educational tool of good quality. A Steinway piano is not a luxury.”

As a precedent, the 21-year-old non-profit Foundation has purchased the middle C while Furtados has donated the F, the store’s first letter.

Both Furtados and MMMF testify to the legendary stature of the handcrafted Steinway grand piano, which have been developed over 160 years. “Steinway has an artiste roster of about 1,600 top pianists [including Cole Porter and Billy Joel]. To become a Steinway artiste, there is only one precondition: an artiste must believe in the brand and therefore, own a Steinway piano. Unlike other brand endorsements, Steinway works differently. You must invest in a piano before you can endorse it,” he says.

Jeejeebhoy, an accomplished pianist, owns a Steinway that she has been playing on for the last 40 years. “It is a fine instrument and gives you many years of good service. I wouldn’t like to compare it with other brands, since not everyone can afford a Steinway,” she says.

The model S is made of carefully selected woods, one of which is Sitka spruce wood from Alaska for the soundboard. The wood selection and construction are such that the sound created by the piano should potentially reach the end of a concert hall without the use of a mic. The science behind the piano, says Jeejeebhoy, should allow students to learn the nuances of controlling the sound and the touch of the keys. Once the piano finds its 88 donors, it will have to be kept in temperate conditions with regulated humidity, tasks MMMF will look into in the future.

The school has currently enrolled 640 students, who start at the age of one-and-a-half and learn instruments around the age of 7 till they reach their late teens. MMMF also does an outreach music lessons for 884 students from low-income communities in BMC schools. “Students will not begin training on a Steinway; it is only in their later years that they will perfect their skills on it. While we help students from low income communities to learn on the violin and cello, it is difficult to train on a piano, since it requires you to have an instrument at home,” says Jeejeebhoy. The Model S will be an addition to the school’s existing seven pianos (among which are two Bostons, also Steinway makes), on which both students learn and teachers practice.

The fundraiser was announced last night at The Singing Tree choral concert of over 180 students from the MMMF, held at the National Centre Performing Arts.

The acquisition of this Steinway is the first step for MMMF to become an All-Steinway School in the coming years, a position held by reputed schools such as the Royal College of Music, London. However, the Steinway association is not without its share of criticism, right from its demand for exclusivity and the “monoculture” of sound it has bred. The pianist Garrick Ohlsson, for instance, was banned in the 1970s from using Steinway after he praised Bösendorfer, another piano manufacturer, in public. Furthermore, will there be those who question the need for a Steinway — the Rolls Royce among pianos — in a music school?

But, both MMMF and Furtados are unfazed by these instances. “This is a chance to create awareness about Western classical music through our junior conservatory. We want our students, whether they are learning or playing it at a concert, to know that they are using a special instrument,” says Jeejeebhoy.

By Benita Fernando | Sunday Mid-Day, 04-Sep-2016

Free Schooling for deserving Parsi Children

The management of S M Batha High School, Panchgani has decided to admit Parsi Zoroastrian deserving children free of charge. They will provide boarding lodging, uniform, books and even extra coaching in academic and train them in different sports.
Admission in all classes from junior K G to std X.
Contact details: 9820262632 or 02223686325

Medical Aid for the needy

🙏 If Any one needs MEDICAL FINANCIAL HELP contact following trusts…ma

🙏Sir Ratan Tata Trust Bombay House, Homi Mody Street, Mumbai 400 001 Call: 022-66658282

🙏Reliance Foundation (Previously Ambani Public Charitable Trust) 222 Maker Chambers IV, 3rd Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021 Call: 022-44770000, 022-30325000

🙏Amirilal Ghelabhai Charitable Trust 71, Gitanjali, 73 / 75, Walkeshwar Road, Mumbai – 400006

🙏Asha Kiran Charitable Trust C/o Radium Keysoft Solutions Ltd, Call: 022-26358290 101, Raigad Darshan, Opposite Indian oil Colony J.P. Road, Andheri(w) Mumbai 400 053

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This man’s idea to crowdsource food now touches 2,500 lives

Khushroo Poacha wanted to feed kin of the poor in hospitals. The result was an initiative that now spans 7 cities.

Khushroo Poacha, 38, holds a regular job with the Central Railways in its commercial department in Nagpur. Married and blessed with a young girl child, there is one thing that makes him stand out. An idea that he conceived two years back has now come to fruition and feeds around 2,500 people every week.

“My mother was then hospitalised in Nagpur for a surgery. I saw a lot of people sitting outside the hospital, cooking chappatis on a brick kiln to make ends meet,” shares Poacha. His mother suggested that if he was so touched by their plight then he should do something for them.

“My mother passed away two months later, but I wanted to follow up on her suggestion. I called a friend, Amit, who came to the hospital the following Sundayand distributed 25 packets of food,” Poacha says.

That was the start of Seva kitchen. Next week he himself joined in and realised that cooking at home would allow them to feed more people at the same cost. Soon more people joined in and Poacha assumed the role of a coordinator.

What started as an initiative that was done once a week in two hospitals in Nagpur spread across cities. “On Fridays, I coordinate with different groups. There are some hospitals where the relatives are provided meals every day and not just onSundays,” Poacha explains.

Two years since it started, the initiative has spread to seven cities – Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and New Delhi.

There are a few ground rules Poacha sticks to. No one is allowed to contribute money. Everyone brings food cooked at home and distributes it. Also, there will be no discrimination based on caste, gender, creed or colour.

“Once a lady from Hyderabad was distributing food in her area and a friend visiting from Australia wanted to contribute. We refused to accept money so he now orders bananas online, that is distributed every Sunday,” Poacha shares.

Those contacting him include both young and old alike. While Poacha wanted to feed relatives of those in hospitals, there are young volunteers from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai who have taken to feeding the homeless and those living on the streets every week.

Today, the Seva initiative provides 2,500 meals every week, touching as many lives.

“You don’t need a lot of money to do good work, you just need a lot of passion,” signs off Poacha.

# Those wanting to join the initiative can contact Khushroo Poacha at09561011264 or check the Fb page of Seva kitchen.

Mumbai: This man’s idea to crowdsource food now touches 2,500 lives – Khushroo Poacha wanted to feed kin of the poor in hospitals. The result was an initiative that now spans 7 cities.


173 year old Historic Agiary needs your support

Restore the originality & grandeur of the past!

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In order to restore the Agiary premises to its former regal glory, a major restoration program has been recently undertaken by the current Trustees.
The first phase of restoration is nearly complete with the exterior facade being restored to its original grandeur.
The Trustees are now keen to commence the second phase of restoration, comprising of the Main Hall, Baaj Room and Muktad Rooms and they need the community’s support.
Come help make a difference & be part of history!

sardar agry

“Ghee Khichri”..Event

NAVSARI- a small place in Gujarat State… known for an event which is called “Ghee Khichri”..Boys go house to another, asking for uncooked rice, dal, oil, ghee and also other uncooked products….the ladies pour generous portions in their colkection bags, they also splash water on them, which the boys collecting these ingredients have to dodge carefully……Later this uncooked food is gathered at one location and is cooked into yummy food….each street hears the echo of the wonderful words sung which goes like this….

This ritual goes on with full gutso only and only in Navsari….on BOHMAN mah and Bohman Roj.

In today’s jet age where customs and traditions are almost gone….Navsari is the place which has kept this ritual alive…..The ritual is supposed to be dedicated to Rain Gods & Also we Parsees would not eat Non veg for the next 30 days.
Now this is what I call Navsari Dharam ni Tekri….
Come on folks keep this ritual alive and keep it going……Proud to belong to this place….NAVSARI

A WA fwd by Mrs A. Patel.

Blood Required

Dasturji Peshotan Mirza underwent a surgery to remove cancer from his kidneys yesterday (05.05.16). The surgery seems successful but he took a lot of blood. He also bled a lot during the recovery night; and still needs more blood. The Jaslok blood bank needs to replenish their stock. They are looking for fresh blood through donors (any blood group). Please if possible forward this message to send people to Jaslok today till 2pm to replenish the blood.
Anyone can help.

Request for Medical Assistance

Dear all,

Have received a note from a friend requesting assistance Medical treatment for Mrs. Bakhtawar Farokh Panthaky who is suffering from Metastic Lung Cancer and is under the care Dr. Boman Dhabhar.  Supporting documents are attached.  The family is residing at # A – 3, Navroz Baug, Dr. S.S. Rao Road, Lalbaug, Mumbai – 400012.

Please send cheques in the name of Mrs Bakhtawar Farokh Panthaky.  Shamrao Vithal Co-op Bank Ltd., Lalbaug Branch, Mumbai – 400012.  Bank Account Number: 104703130001489

Your contributions should be sent directly to the family at the above-mentioned address.

If you have any queries feel free to contact Farokh on # +91-9820437025 or daughter Mehernawaz  on # +91-9930227047.  Mehernawaz has requested to kindly notify her when sending your contributions.

Thank you in anticipation of your support for this worthy cause.

Yazdaan Panah Baad!  May Ahura Mazda always keep you in His protection.

Warm Regards & Tan Darosti,

Firdosh Tolat


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Appeal – O+Blood

 Dasturji Peshotan Mirza is undergoing surgery this Friday (8th April, 2016) at Prince Al Khan Hospital. He requires O+ blood. The donor will need to go to the Prince Ali Khan Hospital, Byculla, Mumbai,  blood bank by Thursday between 9am – 5pm to donate blood. Please mention that you have come to give blood for Mr. Peshotan Mirza, who is scheduled for surgery on Friday (8th April, 2016) morning under Dr. Sultan Pradhan. After donating it would be good if you could call Aban Mirza +919920921606 and inform her.