Recreating Persian Empire in Mumbai

February 15, 2007

Author: Vasundhara Sanger

Source: The Times of India

MUMBAI: As a prelude to eight-day Persian festival in Mumbai, the grandeur of the Persian empire is being re-awakened by the city architect Jimmy Mistry in the heart of the metropolis. It intends to reintroduce present generation Parsis and the general people to the rich cultural heritage of the empire.

Mistry, who is a Paris, conducted research on the history of the empire before embarking on this endeavour. His effort is going to yield fruit on Friday at the Navjote, initiation of a Parsi child into the Zoroastrian religion. Mistry's eight-year old daughters will also initiated on the same day.

The endeavour is borne out of personal interest of Mistry, who wants to familiarise the masses with the rich Zoroastrian culture. Hence, he planned colossus sets, depicting the grandeur of the empire. It will be displayed at the Colaba Agiary, which will be attended by the country's top shots. Mistry has personally designed all the sets.

Over 2,000 guests are expected to attend the function. Even the invitations are thoughtfully designed. It is a dye-cut Susa Cups, used by the influential people during the Persians empire.

A delightful array of Parsi food and Persian cuisine, to be cooked by chefs specially flown in from Iran, will add to the majestic ambience.