About IUU

IMG_9249In June 2014, Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi, just a couple of weeks after assuming office as Prime Minister, invited Dasturji Khurshed to meet him. Dasturji Khurshed then alongwith Mrs.Homai Engineer, late Mr.Jehangir Cama and Mr.Dinshaw Tamboly met him in office and provided an overview of the strategic plan to develop Udvada as a pilgrim centre being undertaken by UADA (Udvada Area Development Authority) set up by the Government of Gujarat.

At that time he reiterated what he had mentioned earlier when FDU was under formation, that our community’s contribution towards nation building was without parallel. He reiterated that Udvada showcases the glorious history of the Parsi community of over 1300 years and repeating what he had told us earlier about his keen desire to project Udvada as a place of harmony, religious tolerance and opportunities, reminded us to organize the first ever festival at Udvada where Parsis from all over the world could congregate.

IMG_9609He urged us to organize, preferably an annual festival at Udvada, failing that once every two years, when community members from all over the world would be able to visit Udvada and congegrate. He also recommended that we plan the same sometime in December as many Indians visit the country at that time of the year.

Honouring the wishes of our dynamic Prime Minister, Foundation for Development of Udvada & the Udvada Samast Anjuman along with a group of dedicated volunteers have together been working on bringing this project to fruition.

IMG_001So the first ever Iranshah Udvada Utsav(IUU) celebrations are being planned over a three day period of December 25 to December 27,2015 at Udvada. The programme over these three days will include Parsi naataks, entertainment acts by children, youth and adults of our community, Udvada heritage walks, treasure hunt, religious talks by Mr. Ramiyar Karanjia and Mr. Noshir Dadrewala and other youth programs.

Workshops and presentations are also planned on showcasing our Parsi culture and traditions. There will be a bazaar wherein stalls of Parsi food items, traditional wear and other religious items will be on sale for all the three days.

A galaxy of eminent Parsees will be attending the IUU Celebrations. Mr. Ratan Tata, the leading present day icon of our Parsi community, will be felicitated at a grand function to be held on December 27, 2015, wherein the largest number of Parsis are expected to congregate in Udvada.

With Iranshah Udvada Utsav being the brainchild of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, an invitation has been extended to him as well to participate in the grand celebration on December 27, 2015.