Dead Blogging ‘The Zoroastrians Of India’

Yesterday the Missus and I trundled over to Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts to catch Sooni Taraporevala’s Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India at the Sert Gallery.

And it was good.

From the Sert Gallery’s website:

The result of a thirty-five year labor of love, Sooni Taraporevala’s Parsis, The Zoroastrians of India is the first visual documentation of India’s Parsi community, followers of the prophet Zarathustra. Taraporevala offers a rare insider’s view of how the Parsis, a people whose ancestors sailed from Iran to India citing religious persecution, survive today as a religious and ethnic minority of India . . .

Taraporevala’s photographs are a vivid window into Parsi life in all its vibrancy and diversity. Her lens takes us from public celebrations to private rituals, from fire-temples to living rooms, from the streets of Bombay to the villages of Gujarat. An intimate insider’s view, Parsis, The Zoroastrians of India is a stunning chronicle that brings to life a community of intense contradictions and endurance.

Representative sample:



The exhibit is there through December 20. And well worth the trip.

(Don’t just take our word for it. The Boston Globe’s Mark Feeney really liked it too.)


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