Yazdi Karanjia Awarded Padma Shri


January 25, 2020

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Our dearest friend, mentor and legendary theater artist Yazdi Naoshirwan Karanjia has been conferred the Padma Shri Award in the list of names that were announced on the eve of Republic Day 2020 in India.


Yazdi Uncle as he is widely known is a legendary theater artist. In his 80’s, he continues to regale crowds with his brand of Parsi Natak perfected over decades. Just recently he and his group performed at the Iranshah Udvada Utsav in December 2019.

Binaifer his daughter writes a glowing tribute to him on Facebook

It is with immense pride, joy, and gratitude to celebrate my dad Yazdi for his selection to receive the Padma Shri Award, for his exceptional and distinguished service in the field of Performing Arts. A true testament of his dedication and philanthropy, building a legacy in celebrating live theater. More importantly a big shout out to my mom, Vira, whose infinite strength, grace, influence, love, and support in all our lives will continue to be the driving force, the greatest gift, and a true blessing.

Yazdi uncle is a true jewel in the crown of the Parsi community and along with Vera Aunty and his whole family we wish them good health and many many more years of laughter and merriment for all of us to enjoy.