Threads of Continuity: An Exhibition of Zoroastrian Life and Culture


March 28, 2016

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The Threads Of Continuity is one of the three mega-exhibitions that form part of The Everlasting Flame 2016 International Program organized by PARZOR and the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. The exhibitions are outstanding and worth a trip to New Delhi just to see them all in person.

Below are some pictures of the Inauguration of the Exhibition. Beautiful HaftSeen tables were laid out on the Lawns of the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts on Jamshedi Navroze March 21st, 2016. The Inauguration had the likes of Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla, Lord Karan Bilimoria and Ministry of Minority Affairs (and honorary Parsi) Najma “Najamai” Heptullah being welcomed by the amazing Dr. Shernaz Cama. Astad Deboo and his troupe regaled the crowd with a beautifully choreographed dance performance.

About The Exhibition

Threads of Continuity focuses on the philosophy and culture of the ancient Zoroastrian faith from its origins in Central Asia, tracing a geographical and chronological continuum till the present. This philosophy became a part of the lived heritage of the Zoroastrian community-both in India and Iran.

Of special interest are the cross-cultural influences on the community in India. To highlight these, Gujarat and the Deccan will be displayed in detail for the first time.

A section will depict the contribution of the community to the making of Modern India.The exhibition envisaged, attempts to explain the Zoroastrian philosophy that a sacred thread links all creation.

Rare artefacts and manuscripts from reputed academic and cultural institutions worldwide are a part of the display. Perhaps even more significant are the loans of precious personal objects from individuals, creating an exhibition of living culture. Installations, and video recordings, representing spiritual as well as environmental practices in material life, highlight the holistic nature of this faith. As a participative exhibition, Threads of Continuity will bring to the audience multiple interactive events at IGNCA as well as a Film Festival.

Curated by: Dr. Shernaz Cama, Dadi Pudumjee, Ashdeen Lilaowala, Kritika Mudgal

Designed by: Neeraj Sahai, Picture Street

Exhibition Inauguration: 21 March, 6.30 pm

Exhibition open from 22 March to 29 May 2016,10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Indira Gandhi National Centre forthe Arts, 1 C.V. Mess, Janpath, New Delhi -110011;

Closed on Mondaysand National Holidays

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Here are some pictures of the Inauguration



















Some Glimpses of the Exhibits




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Embroidered portrait of Jer Banoo Kanga of Nagpur who died in childbirth in 1925

Embroidered Zarthost portrait of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad, by Late Mrs Dhunjishah Mistry of Hyderabad. 1950s

Explanation of Ritual procedures from ancient rivayat from Meherjirana Library, Navsari

Fertility Goddess_Susa2ndMilleniumBC_National Museum Tehran

Homi Bhabha's Oil on Canvas. Abstract, courtesy TIFR, Mumbai

Kusti_Sacred Cord

Marriage in Iran

Marriage in Surat India

Painted Zarathushtra_Jamshedpur C.M. Shroff Agiary

Parsi embroidery_An Intercultural Amalgam

Sanjan Column_commemorates landing of Parsis in India

Statue of Darius, Susa. National Museum, Tehran

Surat Modi Atash Behram

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