Parsi Food in Mumbai – RESTAURANT SASSANIAN

Parsi food in its frank and relaxed ambience …

Parsi (or Parsee) is one of two Zoroastrian communities (the other being Iranis) majorly located in India and few in Pakistan. Parsis migrated from Greater Iran to Sindh and Gujarat, between the 8th and 10th century CE

The long presence of the Parsis in the Gujarat and Sindh areas of India distinguishes them from the smaller Zoroastrian Indian community of Iranis, who emigrated from Iran to South Asia in the 19th century and early 20th-century.

As is also the case for the Parsis, the Iranis predominately settled in the west-coast of India, in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. A concentration of their people live in and around the city of Mumbai.  (Source: Wikipedia)

SASSANIAN RESTAURANT

I have been to this restaurant, located at Marine Drive in Mumbai, a  few times before – the first time accidently, the second intentionally; this time and after a very long time – loyally, to relish the tasty Parsi food in its frank and relaxed ambience.

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The Irani Chai (Fiction)

Indian Miniature Painting (2)

Many paintings are from Sanskrit and folk literature …

The subjects of these miniature paintings are in relation to the subjects of the manuscripts mostly religious and literary. Many paintings are from Sanskrit and folk literature. It is on the subject of love stories.

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IMG_2366 - CopyRagini Gauri: Malwa, Central India, C 1700 CE

IMG_2379 - CopyA Lady with Attendants: Rajasthani, Bikaner, Late18th century CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

IMG_2381 - CopyPrincess Enjoying a Pleasure Party: Rajasthani, Bikaner, Early 18th century CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection 

IMG_2387 - CopyThe escape of Rani Rupmati with Bajbahadur: Rajasthani, Jaipur, 19th century CE

IMG_2395 - CopyBalaji Bajirao alias Nanasaheb Peshwa: Deccani, Satara, Copy made in 1854 at Satara

IMG_2399 - CopyRagini Vasant: Deccani, Hyderabad, c. 1725 CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

IMG_2401 - CopyRagini Jogia Asavari:  Deccani, Hyderabad, c. 1725 CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

IMG_2423 - CopyShiva Parvati: Pahari, Guler, Late 18th century CE

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Photographed at CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA 
(THE PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM OF WESTERN INDIA)

Indian Miniature Painting (1)

The highlight of these paintings is the intricate and delicate brushwork …

 

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The earliest surviving miniature paintings are on palm leaves from the 10th century and on paper from the 14th century. The highlight of these paintings is the intricate and delicate brushwork, which lends them a unique identity. The colors are handmade, from minerals, vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells, pure gold and silver. With the advent of the Mughals in the mid 16th century, the subjects of miniature paintings included portraits, court scenes, flora and fauna.

 

IMG_2297 - CopyBuddha and Goddess Marichi: Folios from manuscript of Prajnaparmita, Palm leaf, Pala Style, Eastern India, 12th century C.E.

IMG_2321 - CopyThe Devotee Offering His Daughter to the Clouds in Marriage: An illustrated folio of Anwar-i-Suhayli, Chapter IV, Story 12, Mughal, c. 1575 CE

IMG_2331 - CopyPortrait of an unknown nobleman:  Mughal, Delhi, c. 1675 CE

IMG_2335 - CopyPortraits of Begams: Mughal, 19th century CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

IMG_2337 - CopyTajmahal from the river side: Painting on Ivory, Mughal, Delhi, Early 20th century CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

  IMG_2352 - CopyLadies Enjoying Huqqa: Rajasthani, Bundi, Mid-18th century CE

IMG_2354 - CopyLadies Passing their time on the terrace:  Rajasthani, Bundi, Late18th century CE

IMG_2358 - CopyManabhava of Radha and Krishna: Rajasthani, Kishangarh, Mid-18th century CE

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Photographed at CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA 
(THE PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM OF WESTERN INDIA)