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Preserving a collector's dream

Updated on: 20 November,2016 06:57 AM IST  | 
Aparna Shukla |

An 18-year-old has raised over Rs 4 lakh to restore rare 19th century antiques from Mumbai's only Parsi museum

Preserving a collector's dream

Eighteen-year-old Zara Heeramaneck has been passionate about art conservation since childhood. Her home at Kemps Corner also boasts of artefacts from across the world. ic/Suresh Karkera


Eighteen-year-old Zara Heeramaneck has been passionate about art conservation since childhood. Her home at Kemps Corner also boasts of artefacts from across the world. ic/Suresh Karkera
Eighteen-year-old Zara Heeramaneck has been passionate about art conservation since childhood. Her home at Kemps Corner also boasts of artefacts from across the world. ic/Suresh Karkera

Zara Heeramaneck was in her early teens when she first visited the 62-year-old Framji Dadabhoy Alpaiwalla Museum in Grant Road. Enamoured by its prized collection, which offers a rare glimpse into the Parsi community, Zara recalls how she was fuelled by the desire to do something about its antiques — some of which were already witnessing severe wear and tear. That was five years ago. But, the young Parsi girl never forgot the promise she made to herself.




Giving wings to her dream, Zara (18), a student of BD Somani International School, recently launched the 'Adopt an Antique' initiative in order to preserve the city's only Parsi museum. She has already managed to collect over R4 lakh for the same. As part of the initiative, donors can adopt an artefact from the museum and donate a sum, towards its restoration.



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