I found out about an initiative by a young girl – Kayomi Engineer who has worked towards identifying restoration projects for a non-profit Kala Ghoda Association and is now working on documenting scenes of the Dadar Parsi Colony for her upcoming book.
The Dadar Parsi Colony was established in the wake of the bubonic plague in the early 1920s which had also ravaged countless lives in Mumbai. The British were then compelled to expand the city limits to demarcate open, hygienic living spaces in the Dadar-Matunga area.
The idea for the book took concrete shape sometime after Kayomi, who formerly worked as administrative director of the Kala Ghoda Association (KGA), started her Instagram account, which has gone on to gather more than 1,200 followers.
For her it was an attempt to document and archive the place, too. The houses in the enclave, comprise an interesting mix of cottage-style villas and apartments to accommodate more families. Some structures also have visible Art Deco elements, this motivated her to start documenting them.
I request you and the editorial board to kindly assign a journalist to further pursue this story in detail. This will spread awareness in the young minds of our nation regarding the promotion of our past rich heritage. Moreover, it will add light to small initiatives of individuals aiming to conserve local tradition.
I am certain that the campaigning for this projects’ funds will gain traction from all people interested in traditional Indian art and culture, people of local diverse communities interested in conserving and bringing national attention to their age old tradition.
Contact – LinkedIn Profile (Kayomi Engineer) – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kayomi-engineer-1935912b/?originalSubdomain=in
Instagram - @mancherjijoshiparsicolonydadar