Parsi traders and community in India – a showcase

Monday, Mar 21, 2016,13:08 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Contributions of the micro minority community of Parsis in India is showcased through an exhibition that has opened at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) here.

Painted Encounters: Parsi Traders and the Community is a celebration of history, beliefs,practices and contribution of Parsis, its trading encounters in China and its alliance with the British East India Company. Minster of Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla and Minister of State Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated here last evening a 11-day-long The Everlasting Flame International exhibition.

Three multimedia exhibitions, talks and workshops are part of the show organised under the minority affairs ministry’s ‘Hamari Dharohar’ (Our Heritage) in collaboration with the culture ministry and Parzor Foundation, a city-based community organisation mandated by Unesco to preserve the Parsi-Zoroastrian heritage.

Never in the history of India, has a programme which recognises the contributions of Parsis been organised before. I take this moment to salute you for your contributions in India, Naqvi said addressing the gathering of the Parsis also attended by actor Boman Irani.

Speaking at the event, Heptulla opined that it was the ability of the Parsis to take jokes on themselves that made them loved by all. Any nation which has sense of humour is alive. If a community can crack a joke on themselves, they are the best and Parsis can crack a joke on themselves, Heptulla said praising the spirit of Parsis in assimilating with the Indian culture.