80 years gone by …………
11th November, Karachi Zarthosti Banu Mandal was established
3rd May, first concert staged at Goa Portuguese Hall with "Manijeh
Mehta thrilling the audience with an English song. The success of
the concert was due to a dazzling garbi for which talents of Vajifdar,
Vakil and Sethna were commended. Mrs Virjee gives a solo performance
of violin. The male members of the company were Mr Dinshaw Kabraji
& Mr Darabshaw Shroff. Total income from the concert was Rs.550 which
was distributed amongst the needy as desired by the Mandal's President."
[from a gujerati paper]
World War 1, Mandal plays its part and it is recorded that 6000 stitched
clothing was sent annually to the Sind Women's Branch.
We help our city during the influenza epidemic and famine.
Ghambar becomes an annual function. Until later years, members and
beneficiaries were always invited. Jointly with YMZA, Dr Rabindranath
Tagore is honoured and shawled. From December onwards, navjotes performed
every year on Goolbai Mehta's death anniversary till lately, due to
no one wishing this assistance. 17 families given financial assistance
totaling Rs. 200 and Pateti collection & distribution starts. Delivery
of a child paid. Work Classes start comprising of sewing, cutting
and embroidery. Tailor employed at Rs.25 per month to teach 42 girls.
School fees given to 1 student of BVS and 7 of Mama School, which
is still continued.
Golden Jubilee Celebrations
at the New Building (1962)
Picnics for members at Malir & Clifton start.
Mandal receives Silver Medal for sewing, cutting and embroidery displayed
at an exhibition held in the city.
First sub-committee formed for Poor Welfare when the need arose. Provision
for this in the constitution from inception.
Mr Jehangir Mobed donates the proceeds of a cinema show and continued
this for years.
KZBM takes part in flower show and wins 4th prize in table decoration.
Mrs Manijeh Mehta honoured by us, on being appointed a Magistrate.
Arrival of Mr Aspy Irani (Engineer) at Karachi
after his memorable flight (1930)
Managing Committee felicitate and congratulate Mr Aspy Irani on his
first solo flight from London.
1933 & 1935
Donates Rs. 51 to Bihar Earthquake Fund and Rs. 101 to Quetta Earthquake
Zarthosti Relief Funds with prayers for the departed souls.
Mandal celebrates Dr Dhalla's Golden Jubilee and his Silver Jubilee
Jamshed Nusserwanji starts Central Education Fund and Mandal contributes
Rs. 40 per year.
Mandal celebrates Silver Jubliee by holding Sports, Cooking Competition,
Jashan, 'Comi Melavedo' and a lunch.
War Work Class with Sind Joint War Committee as contribution during
war. 1,853 knitted articles sent.
A new era for the World & for the Mandal. Alan Billimoria becomes
Hon. Treasurer and with her come new ideas. For 46 years she has made
the Mandal flourish with her dedication.
Mandal holds a condolence meeting for Quaid-e-Azam.
Functions are held for Eleanor Roosevelt with us taking active part.
Decorated camels are brought to the reception at the airport. Condolence
meeting for the death of Nar Asho Jamshed Nusserwanji. Mandal celebrates
its Ruby Anniversary by Jashan, games evening, concert and a mela.
J Rustomji Parsi Home
Peshotan Wania starts with our help, New Year functions at Beach
Luxury Hotel under the auspices of Dinshaw Avari. Later date PNYCC
is formed. KZBM honours Begum Liaquat Ali Khan on her appointment
as Ambassador to Holland.
Specific committees are formed as they still stand today.
Dr Holland visits Karachi and we arrange for 43 hamdins to have
eye check-ups. Mandal honours her Hon. Secretary, Goola D. Kabraji
for her service of 33 years. A blood grouping scheme is organised.
KZBM honours & celebrates the Golden Anniversary of Dr Kaikhushro
Full year celebrations for the Golden Jubilee, comprising of musical
evenings, games, plays, talks, tableaus, picnics, conferences
& finally coming to our present building in 1962. Whole community
joined in celebrating this Jubilee as their very own happy occasion.
Indo-Pak War work carried out by a special committee of Mandal's,
where the community joined in whole heartedly by way of cash &
kind. Gift packages of essential items made. Knitted pullovers,
scarves, stockings, stitched pyjamas, shirts & quilts and old
clothes were sent. Approx 2,996 items of stitched & knitted articles,
214 utensils and 150 mattresses with Rs. 836 in cash was sent.
Celebration of Emerald Anniversary by way of Jashan, comedy skits,
cultural show and the beginning of a scheme for Group Insurance
for our beneficiaries.
Our youth are sent abroad for higher studies.
A month of seminars & symposia under the leadership of KZBM.
Mandal celebrates its Diamond Jubilee by a Jashan, comedy skits
& songs, talent show of 1 act plays. The Diamond Jubilee Higher
Education Loan Scholarship Fund established to enable our youth
to study abroad.
Flood calamity in Pakistan and we send 300 tins of cooking oil,
blankets, food parcels to the Directorate of Social Welfare, Sind.
Mandal honours Aloomai M. Dinshaw, our outstanding President.
A symposium held jointly with the Dhalla Memorial Institute on
the occasion of Quaid-e-Azam's centennial celebrations.
Mandal honours Freny D. Daruwalla, our Linen Secretary for 42
A special function to thank all our Honorary Doctors, Advisors,
Auditors & Individuals who have helped us these past years.
Mandal celebrates Platinum Jubilee by songs, garbi and a skit.
We felicitate our out-going President, Mucca R. Cowasjee and welcome
Mehra C. Minwalla. Mandal introduces Kershaw Khambatta, our much
loved doctor, as an actor.
We join all Parsi Institutions in thanking and congratulating
Khorshedbanoo H. Dinshaw on her 100th Birthday. Mandal changes
from Gujerati to English. We honour Khorshed J. Sidhwa for her
services to the Community.
Mandal publishes its own cookery book 'Manna of the Angels' and
its monthly bulletin 'What's On'.
We thank our Hon. Auditor, Mr M.B. Mana for his services to us
for 30 years, together with other Associations. Young female athlete
sent to Los Angeles to participate in the 4th Zoroastrian Olympic
KZBM Members visit Iran