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The making of a documentary on the cultural activities of Iranians and Shiites in India

 

Manager of documentary filmmaking group ‘Without Borders’ Mr. Nasir Naderi discussed and exchanged views with the Director of Culture House of the I.R. of Iran in Mumbai  regarding Iranians and Shiites residing in India as well as a documentary based on their cultural activities.

At the beginning of this meeting, the Director of Culture House of the I.R. of Iran in Mumbai expressed his delight at the presence of the manager of documentary filmmaking group ‘Without Borders’ and stated: “Culture House of the I.R. of Iran, in line with its own duties, assists and supports worthy artists from Iran and in this regard has also organized the inaugural Nilofer-e Aabi International Film Festival in association with other organizations linked with supporting various festivals. Considering the substantial cultural foundation in Mumbai and the Indian subcontinent, there is scope for making a documentary about Iranians and Shias residing in this vast country in order for all Iranians to get acquainted with the culture of India.”

Manager of the documentary filmmaking group ‘Without Borders’ Mr. Nasir Naderi also expressed his pleasure at being present at this Iranian cultural institute and said: “The architecture of a few Indian cities has been strongly influenced by Iranian cities such as Shiraz and Esfahan. This is a bond that has become even stronger with the marriage of Indians and Iranians which continues to this very day. Iranians who live in India have inherited humility and hospitality with love and warmth through their ancestors, and today they extend these qualities to India. On the other hand, Indian Shiites and their method of mourning are well-known. Many of them are interested not only in the Holy Shrines but also in the country of Iran and its rich culture and wish to travel to our beloved country; and as artists it is our duty to portray Iranian culture to the country of India.”

Director of Culture House of the I.R. of Iran also welcomed his words and said: “Indian Shiites have a long history and had formed governments in various parts of this vast land. The date of the emergence of Shiites in India coincided with the arrival of Muslims and the Caliphate of the Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali (a.s.). We must remember that during the Mughal rule, some Shias migrated from Iran to India and India was known as a sanctuary for the lovers of the infallible and pure family of Prophet Mohammed (p.b.u.h.). According to statistics published several years ago in one of the leading newspapers, it was estimated that close to 40 million Shias live in India and in this regard, India is considered as a country having the second largest Shia population following our beloved Iran.”

Referring to Iranians residing in India, he added: “Iranians residing in India are segregated in two groups, Parsis and Shias. Majority of the Iranian Shias belong to the province of Yazd while a small number of them belong to Bushehr and Shiraz. Most of the Yazdis came to India due to extensive cultural ties with the Indian Parsis and are very religious and committed to religious topics. They hold annual mourning ceremonies of the tragedy of Karbala in ‘Sushtari Imambara’, ‘Amin Imambara’ and Anjuman-e-Fottowat-e-Yazdiyaan or ‘Darbar-e-Hussaini’ for a period of 2 months and a few days and also in the month of Ramazan in association with Culture House. In addition to that, on Thursday nights Dua-e-Komayl is also recited in a spiritual atmosphere with a majority of Iranians in attendance. It is also worth noting that during the months of Mohurram and Safar in which Imam Hussain (a.s.) and his companions are mourned, Islamic missionaries from Iran deliver speeches in Persian language regarding the tragedy of Karbala, Islamic rulings, etc.”

Director of Culture House of the I.R. of Iran in Mumbai underlined the necessity of cultural activities among Muslims in the Indian subcontinent and said: “The numerous cultural similarities between the two Eastern countries provide a suitable foundation for cultural cooperation in different fields. We wish to organize various cultural programs such as film festivals, calligraphy & painting exhibitions, and conferences in association with various other religious groups. Furthermore, by establishing Persian language and literature classes in colleges as well as religious centres along with organizing educational workshops on diverse topics, we have been able to take positive steps towards this direction.”

At the end of his speech, he thanked the manager of documentary filmmaking group ‘Without Borders’ and expressed hope that an increase in the cultural relations between the two countries of India and Iran is witnessed in the future, and that this documentary, which is in the process of being edited, is able achieve this goal.

 

 


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