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Rib-tickling play ‘Adagri ni aafat' staged at Zoroastrian Club as part of the celebrations

Captivating performance:‘Adagri ni aafat' being staged at Zoroastrian Club.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
Captivating performance:‘Adagri ni aafat' being staged at Zoroastrian Club.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

A Parsi Bawa in his ‘sudra' shirt and ‘topi' has a peculiar situation of hiccups to deal at a time when he is to meet his prospective employer, a cloth merchant. And the rest of his neighbours come up with quack remedies to assuage it. The rib-tickling play ‘Adagri ni aafat' was staged at Zoroastrian Club as part of Jamshedi Navroz, by members of the club.

“Normally there is tambola and dinner for the feast. We wanted to make it different and staged this popular Gujarati play. We rehearsed for an hour daily at the club since one month,” says Zervan, who holds a commercial pilot licence from Florida and plans to join the flying sector.

Joining him on stage were Farah, Parvez and Nazneen. The tiny tots were unstoppable too as they presented a spirited dance recital. While a motley group of youngsters decided to celebrate the festival with some riffs, singing U2 hits to their friends.

Mood for merriment

The festival was an occasion when members invited their friends from other communities and countries as well.

It was a blend of tradition and modernity as everyone was in the mood for merriment.

Even party regulars decided to give clubbing a miss to be there for the get-together.

The Parsi food, of course, was the flavour of the evening with ‘Patra ni machhi' - pomfret steamed to perfection with herbs wrapped in a banana leaf, ‘Sali ma murgh' – a curry of succulent chicken and oven-roasted potatoes, ‘Dhansak dal, ‘Zafrani biryani', ‘Lagan nu achaar - a sweet and sour pickle normally served at Parsi weddings, potato chips and mango ice cream.

“The feast has been subsidized at Rs. 100 per person,” says Rohinton Noria, president of Zoroastrian Club.

Bigger task

Post celebration there is a bigger task waiting ahead for him. One of the halls of the club is being made ready with projectors and big screen for the IPL -2012.

“We are coming up with a mini theatre for cricket lovers. An indoor games arena is on the cards too. In our endeavour to promote sports, we have announced a cash award of Rs. 25,000 for any sportsperson who reaches junior State level and Rs. 50,000 for State level, respectively, so that they are not bogged down by the financial issues and focus on the game,” says Mr. Noria.

Incidentally, the Zoroastrian Club, built in 1930, houses the city's first covered badminton court. Former champions such as Nandu Natekar played here, recollects one the oldest members of the club at the celebration. He hopes more people bring laurels to the place.

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