On Wednesday 27th June, 2018, the SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute for Zoroastrian Studies was officially opened.
To mark this joyous occasion, a launch event was held in the Brunei Suite of the Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London.
Among the esteemed attendees was Mr. Shapoor Mistry whose generous donation in the name of his late grandfather Mr. Shapoorji Pallonji has provided for the new Institute.
Speeches by Mr. Mistry, Baroness Valerie Amos CH (SOAS Director), co-chairs of the Institute Prof. Almut Hintze and Dr. Sarah Stewart (SOAS), and Mr. Malcolm Deboo (ZTFE) were followed by a few short Zoroastrian prayers by Dastur JamaspAsa.
Guests were further treated to a musical performanceby Dr. Peyman Heydarian on the santur and had the opportunity to view a Virtual Reality film of the Yasna ritual.