To mark the culmination of its year-long Sesquicentenary celebrations, the Calcutta Zoroastrian Community’s Religious & Charity Fund joins hands with the Parzor Foundation to present ‘Threads of Continuity’ – an exhibition that showcases the Zoroastrian way of life and its contribution to the world.
It introduces the history, philosophy and culture of an ancient people, through their own approaches to life today in the 21st century. Zoroastrians are spread thinly across the globe, from America to Australia, and yet a thread, both metaphorical and actual, binds them together across the world. Unfortunately, the average educated man or woman still knows nothing of Zoroastrianism. Yet Zoroastrianism is the world’s oldest revealed religion, one thathas probably had more influence on mankind, directly and indirectly than any other single faith.
Regarded as ancient even by Old Testament writers, Prophet Zarathushtra can be traced to a Bronze Age past. His Gathas are closest linguistically to Rig Vedic Sanskrit and a common Indo-Aryan past connects Zoroastrianism and ancient Hinduism as ‘Cousin Cultures’. The exhibition Threads of Continuity: Zoroastrian Life and Culture is an opportunity to help the world understand an ancient thread in the tapestry of humanity. It is time that the legacy of Persia, particularly during the formation of human civilization, is acknowledged as a legacy of the whole world.
The Zoroastrian contribution to world thought, symbolism, ecology and craft is almost unknown. It is one of the aims of this exhibition to bring together in a simple visual form, along with beautiful textiles, ceramics, silver and other objects, this heritage from both from Iran and India. It will also examine living practices, which have kept a thread of continuity running without a break from the Bronze Age to the 21st century.
Exhibition at Olpadvala Memorial Trust Hall, 52 Chowringhee Road, Kolkata 700071
Dates: 26th to 29thOctober, 2017
Time: 10 AM to 8PM
In addition to the exhibition, you will have the opportunity to take back part of this heritage of humanity through Parzor craft items, which make for wonderful gifts. And of course, you will be able to feast on (and take away) a wide range of mouth-watering Parsee food items and delicacies.
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