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Aṣ̌əm Vohū – Kahan Taraporevala – 2021


Aṣ̌əm Vohū Aṣ̌əm vohū vahištəm astī uštā astī uštā ahmāi hyat̰ aṣ̌āi vahištāi aṣ̌əm Truth is best (of all that is) good. True, as desired, as desired, truth is for her who (represents) best truth.

– Ancient Zoroastrian Prayer

The Ashem is one of three ancient prayers in our religion. Its theme is that Virtue or Righteousness is the basis of a good life of purity of thoughts, purity of speech and purity of actions. This text is from the religion I grew up in, Zoroastrianism. Large numbers of our people migrated to India from Ancient Persia. The central pillarstone to this religion is a path of good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Writing this piece has been a great joy as it has been a very personal piece for me. This piece was written without an audience in mind – solely for the performers in the ensemble. It is an attempt at a reflection on our own sense of self.

Choral ensemble: Wynton Gage, Marcus Peterson, Sergey Tkachenko, Nolan Synder, Madeline McCarthy, Miggi Angangco, Ashlyn Brown, Catarine Hancock, Anthony Josep, Jason Edelstein, Charlie Banta, Elijah Bowen, Jake Cozza, Sophia Romaine, Lara Van Vuuren, Sami Copeland, Perri Smith, Zac Leung, Howell Petty, Carmela D’Agostino.

Conductor: Kahan Taraporevala

Discover Zoroastrianism – Podcast

Discover Zoroastrianism

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Zoroastrian Teachings on the Environment

In celebration of the Zoroastrian months of Khordad and Avan, we offer a podcast on Khordad Ameshaspand and Avan Yazad and their importance on Water, Rain and Wind.

“Discover Zoroastrianism” podcast is a channel to communicate Zoroastrian teachings, celebrations, and history.

An initiative of

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies

Our Very Own Episode 6 – Mr. Hanoz Mistry

Sustaining faith and nurturing pride in our time tested religious tenets, customs, traditions, practices and culture, is the need of the hour for the Parsee community. This can provide the community with the required impetus to persevere in the face of obstacles and succeed.

Host – Ms. Spenta Umrigar

Guest Speaker – Mr. Hanoz Mistry

Location – Mazda Studios

Director of Photography – Rehan S. Daruwalla

Directed by – Aarish S. Daruwalla

Produced by – Sarosh K. Daruwalla ||

Mazda Multimedia.

SAMAK THE AYYAR by Jordan Mechner and Freydoon Rassouli – Farhang Connect

Farhang Foundation was proud to welcome authors FREYDOON RASSOULI and JORDAN MECHNER to this latest edition of #FarhangConnect to talk about their latest collaboration on the first ever English translation of SAMAK THE AYYAR, A TALE OF ANCIENT PERSIA for Columbia University Press. The adventures of Samak, a trickster-warrior hero of ancient Iran’s thousand-year-old oral storytelling tradition, are beloved in Iran. Samak is an “ayyar,” a warrior who comes from the common people and embodies the ideals of loyalty, selflessness, and honor—a figure that recalls samurai, ronin, and knights yet is distinctive to Persian legend. Translated from the original Persian by Freydoon Rassouli and adapted by Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner, this timeless masterwork can now be enjoyed by English-speaking readers. A thrilling and suspenseful saga, Samak the Ayyar also offers a vivid portrait of Persia a thousand years ago. About Freydoon Rassouli Freydoon Rassouli is an artist, author, and translator whose books include Fusionart, Rumi Revealed, and The Book of Creativity. His artworks have been exhibited widely, and he painted two major street murals in Venice, California, and downtown Los Angeles. About Jordan Mechner Jordan Mechner is a New York Times best-selling author, screenwriter, graphic novelist, and game designer. He is the creator of Prince of Persia, one of the world’s most successful video game franchises, which he also adapted as a feature film. His books include the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Templar (2013). Take advantage of a special 20% discount on the book by visiting us at… Learn more about #FarhangConnect and watch all our current free episodes at:

Our Very Own Episode 5 – Wings

Mazda Multimedia is pleased to present for your viewing pleasure the Fifth Episode of “Our Very Own” Series.
This episode tells us about how 3 teenagers along with their organising committee came together to host events which took the community by surprise and today its one of the biggest and most elaborate sporting and cultural event in the community.

DOBARA CHAT and CHAI with Perin B.Dittia

DOBARA is excited to share a special episode of DOBARA Chat and Chai with you. This episode features our fantastic DOBARA Super Senior and Queen of Tasty Tuesdays- Perin B.Dittia. “Perin ki kahani – apni zubani”. Grab a hot chai and sit back to listen to our walk down memory lane with Perin B.Dittia. Her collection of lifetime stories is fascinating! Perin Dittia’s journey started as a young bride from South Africa and landed in India. She has contributed innumerable recipes to the Zorastrian stree recipe book (ZSM), is a cofounder of Wednesday’s club, an active member of YWCA, played an active role in setting up the Parent-Teacher Association of Hyderabad Public School (HPS), helped educating the underprivileged, did a lot of fundraising for many good causes. Her motto in life is “Good thoughts, Good words, Good deeds is inspiring”

Dadar Athornan Institute. Principal Dr. Er. Ramiyar Karanjia in conversation with Er. Meher Modi.

The Dadar Athornan Institute (Dadar Madressa) established in 1919 by Athornan Mandal imparts scriptural and religious education to children of zon priests with boarding and lodging, absolutely free of costs. The Institute runs entirely on donations from philanthropic individuals and Charitable Trusts. For helping us you may contact us at, or +91-22-2413806. Host – Mr. Meher Modi Guest Speaker – Er. Dr. Ramiyar Karanjia Location – Mazda Studios Director of Photography – Rehan S. Daruwalla Directed by – Aarish S. Daruwalla Produced by – Sarosh K. Daruwalla Mazda Multimedia.

In Conversation with the iconic Dinshaw K. Tamboly

Mazda Multimedia is pleased to present for your viewing pleasure the Third Episode of “Our Very Own” Series.
You will have the opportunity to learn how positive changes can and have been brought about in the lives of our brethren in various forms of distress featuring the wonderful world of WZO Trusts’.
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Best Regards,
Sarosh K. Daruwalla
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