Besides the Government Research Fellowship Lectures 2004 – 2005, this issue also contains four well researched articles by well respected scholars.

Dr. Prachi Mehta is a keen student of Ancient Indian Culture. Besides acquiring diplomas in Sanskrit, Comparative Mythology and Pali from the University of Bombay, she has completed her doctorate onBuddha in Ancient Indian Sculpture.

She is a classical dance performer, having been initiated in Bharat Natyam and later, in Odissi.  Her background in dance and the study of sculptures has taken her to several countries to deliver lectures with demonstrations on the correlation between dance and sculpture.

Dr. Mehta’s paper in this issue of the Journal is an in depth study of Buddhist art, particularly its depiction of the Buddha. The article concentrates on sculpture and how it interprets the philosophy and principal tenets of Bhuddhism.

Dr. Takeshi Aoki secured his Ph.D. for Iranian Studies from Tokyo University in 2003. His publications include The Genealogy of Philosophical Zoroastrianism (Journal of the K R Cama Oriental Institute, No.64 – 2001); An Annotated Translation of Zoroastrian Book Pahlavi Literature: The Denkard Book 3, No.1 and The Memoirs of the Institute of Culture, Tokyo University, Vol.146, 2004 (In Japanese)

This issue of the Journal carries Dr. Aoki’s well researched article, Towards the East among Modern Zoroastrians – From Research on the Zoroastrian Cemetery at Kobe, Japan.  This paper is based on a study of the data available in the Kobe Municipal Foreign Cemetery’s burial list and on personal visits to the cemetery.

Dr. Akoi’s second article in the Journal studies the inflow of Persian culture into China from the 6th to the 8th centuries, based on the presence of a Persian village near Yangzhou. The paper titled Towards the East of Medieval Zoroastrians: From Research on the Persian Village near Yangzhou, Chinaconcludes that there are still some traces of Zoroastrian culture, possibly from the Sogdian Zoroastrians.

Dr. Parivash Jamzadeh completed his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California. She has several publications to her credit and a number of her articles have appeared in the KR Cama Oriental Institute Journal.  In this issue of the Journal, Dr. Jamzadeh writes on The Yazdi  Zoroastrian – Dari  Formulae of Greeting. She details the verbal, stylised and formal greetings used for social and religious occasions that have been preserved by the Zoroastrians of Yazd.

In order to provide further information on the Dari dialect we have provided a the English translation of the preface written by Professor I Poure-Davoud for the book Farhang-e-Behdinan by Jamshid Sorush Sorushian.  We are thankful to Mr. Daryush Irani for providing the translation from Persian into English.

The Government Research Fellowship Lectures 2004 – 2005 were delivered in March 2005 by Mr. Marek Moron, the Consul-General of Poland in Mumbai. Mr. Moron secured his M.A. degree from Poland in 1975 and later a degree in Business Management from Egypt. He has presented papers at various international conferences and his articles have been published in Germany, Holland and Poland. He has also published five volumes of lyrics.

We are pleased to publish all three well-researched papers presented by Mr. Moron at the Institute in 2005.

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