Zarathushtis in the NEWS


Following Zarathushtis made the news recently:

Zarathushtis in the NEWS 11.) Homai Vyarawalla Exhibit First Outside India –

New York (PTI) – The works of India’s first woman photojournalist, Homai Vyarawall, are on display at a museum here, the first time her iconic photos of world leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Queen Elizabeth are exhibited outside India.

The retrospective, Candid: The Lens and Life of Homai Vyarawalla,” is on display at the Rubin Museum of Art through Jan.14.

The exhibition will present her photography from the late 1930s to 1970, and narrate her extraordinary life with a biographical film and ephemera from her career. The Padma Vibhushan recipient died in January this year.”
(from India West, August 24, 2012)


2.) Zubin Mehra Honored With Israeli Presidential Award 

Press Trust of India

JERUSALEM – Remowned music conductor Zubin Mehta was honored Oct. 15 with the Israeli Presidential Award of Distinction for his unique contribution to society through the language of music.

Mumbai-born Mehta, 76, the first non-Jew to receive such an award, joins an elite group of people including the likes of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Zubin, you came here to conduct an orchestra but you became the conductor of our hearts. You know I can’t think of anybody else who has offered such a unique contribution to our people and to our mood,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres conferring the award on the music conductor at a ceremony organized at his official residence………

Mehta described coexistence in Israel as his dream saying “If you can sing together, you can live together…”

Mehta became the orchestra’s music adviser in 1969, its musical director in 1977, and in 1981 was appointed music director for life.” (from India West, October 19, 2012)


Zarathushtis in the NEWS 23.) Shiraz Minwalla, of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, was one of eleven Indian scientists awarded the prestigious Shanti Swaruup Bhatnagar prize for his contribution to physical science (from Business Standard, October 28, 2012).

Minwalla was awarded the prize “for his fundamental contributions in establishing a connection between Einstein’s equations of General Relativity and equations of Hydrodynamics, for discovering new terms in the equations of superfluid dynamics and for providing influential insights into an understanding of Relativistic Hydrodynamics” (from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research posted on

Minwalla is an Indian Theoretical Physicist and String Theorist, who is on the faculty in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Born in Mumbai in 1973, Minwalla graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1996, and was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for topping the entire batch. He later moved to Princeton University to earn his Ph.D. He was awarded the Swarnajayanti Fellowship 2005-2006 by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. (from Wikipedia).


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