Ghanesh Maragh Oral History Interview
Ghanesh Maragh, a hospitality and entertainment professional, discusses his families' origin in India, his faith as a Hindu, and his craft as one of the remaining Nachaniya dancers - a folk dance brought from North India to Jamaica.
Fram Haveliwala Oral History Interview
The interview was conducted as part of SAADA's ACFP 2021-2022. This interviewee described his migration experience to the United States from Karachi, Pakistan. As a very young child, his migration experience was described based upon family conversations and memories he remembers of coming to Houston, Texas.
Zarrah Birdie Oral History Interview
The interview was conducted as part of SAADA's ACFP 2021-2022. This interviewee discussed her experience as a young Zoroastrian woman growing up in a Zoroastrian neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan. She shared her experiences of moving to California in the early 2000s.
A Haft Seen
Photo of a haft seen that RD set up at her apartment in Kabul. This was the last time that she celebrated Nowruz in Kabul in March 2021. RD talks about leaving behind family, friends, traditions and everything that was dear to her. She misses that community that she had worked hard to build. Moving forward she will have to build a new life in the U.S. and create new traditions.
Sakhi Holy Shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan
Photo of the Sakhi Holy Shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan taken by RD in August 2021 a few days before the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. RD talks about highlighting the beauty of structures that exist within Afghanistan.
Teshtar Irani and other Zoroastrian Priests
This is a video of Teshtar Irani along with other Zoroastrian priests offering prayers during the Nowruz celebrations at ZAGNY in 2022. In his interview, Teshtar describes her experience of becoming a Mobediar, teaching religious classes to Zoroastrian kids, and performing muktad prayers at her home.
Ramesh Soundarajan Oral History Interview
Born in Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Dr. Ramesh Soundarajan was inspired by his father to practice medicine. After immigrating the United States, he established himself as a practicing nephrologist for over 30 years in the South Suburbs of Chicago.
Andrea Maragh Macko Oral History Interview
Andrea Maragh Macko discusses her migration from Jamaica to NY then Miami and growing up in a strict Hindu household, her family history of Pandits, and founding mandirs in Jamaica and Miami, FL. Her family was very involved in growing Lakshmi Narayan Mandir and then Amar Jyoti mandir in Miami. Andrea also discusses the songs and traditions passed down in her family.