Exhibition showcasing Parsis’ contributions from Mar 19

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016,17:12 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | An exhibition showcasing the contributions of Zoroastrians and Parsis to the world of culture, philosophy and art is being organised by the Union Minority Affairs ministry here.

The 11-day-long The Everlasting Flame International exhibition, to begin on March 19, will be held at premier cultural institutes here under scheme Hamari Dharohar (Our Heritage) in collaboration with Union Ministry of Culture and Parzor Foundation, an official release said. The exhibition is a celebration of history, beliefs, practices and contribution of Parsis, micro-minority community whose contribution surpasses its numbers, the Ministry said in a statement.

It will showcase a plethora of cultural events spread over a period of more than two months. It will encompass all the elements of the contribution of Zoroastrians and Parsis to the world culture, philosophy and art, it said. Under this, ‘The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination’ exhibition will be held at National Museum, ‘Threads of Continuity: Zoroastrian Life and Culture’ at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) and ‘Painted Encounters: Parsi Traders and the Community’ at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) along with many cultural and educational programme, it added.

The exhibition will take visitors on a journey from earliest days of Zoroastrianism to its emergence as the foremost religion of imperial Iran. From the shores of Iran to the west coast of India, the maritime journey of Zoroastrians is followed to their settlement in India where they came to be known as the Parsis. The exhibition examines their growth as an immigrant community in India and the later expansions. The narrative is divided into 10 sections, the Ministry said.