About Us


  • The Institute aims at promoting the study and research in religions, history and culture of the East.  Reputed scholars from around the world take advantage of the excellent facilities provided at the library of the Institute.

  • Research projects are awarded to young scholars on various aspects of oriental studies while annual Fellowships are given to senior and junior research scholars.

  • Reputed scholars are invited to deliver the Government Research Fellowship Lectures, which are later published by the Institute.
  • Courses in World Religions are conducted on a regular basis.

  • The Institute annually publishes a prestigious Journal, which is widely distributed to universities and scholars all over the world.  We also publish books and reprint rare books, which are in great demand by scholars and the lay public.
  • The Avabai B Wadia Endowment makes it possible to hold the Avabai Wadia Memorial Lectures each year when a distinguished scholar is invited to present a detailed paper on his / her area of specialization. The Avabai B Wadia Research Fellowships have been recently instituted to be awarded to persons pursuing academic research.

  • The Dinshaw J Irani Memorial Lectures are held each year when Indian and foreign academics present their work.

  • Global Essay Competitions in English and Persian have been organised and judged by an international panel of judges.

  • The Institute has recently entered into an agreement with the Department of Persian Studies, University of California, Irvine, to facilitate an exchange of scholars and information.

  • Preservation of our collection of ancient manuscripts and books under expert guidance.

  • Reprinting of significant out-of-print books on Zoroastrianism, thanks to a grant received from the Zarthosty Brothers (Faridoon and Mehraban) Fund

  • So far three International Congresses on Oriental topics have been organised - in 1989, 1995 and 2000, when a number of international scholars presented papers at each of the Congresses.  The proceedings of the Congresses were printed and sent to reputed scholars, universities and social research institutes throughout the world.

  • Between 2001 and 2010 the Institute organised a series of National Seminars on “Ferdowsi and his Shahnameh” (2001), “The Life and Work of Dr. Sir J. J. Modi” (2004), “Universal Influence of Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi” (2005) and “The Contribution Made By The Parsis To The Development Of Different Aspects Of Education In The 19th and 20th Centuries In Western India” (2009). The Proceedings of the Seminars on “Ferdowsi and his Shahnameh” and the “Universal Influence of Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi” have since been published.  The most recent Seminar on “Architecture As Social History: Reflections On Bombay/Mumbai” held on January 23 and 24, 2010, was a great success.

  • Exhibitions have also been organised with the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India on ‘Parasika’ and with Iran Culture House on the Shahnameh.

  • Lectures are delivered by eminent scholars at regular intervals on various topics.

  • The Goolestan Bilimoria Endowment enables the Institute to hold Inter-school/inter-college Seminars, debates and essay competitions on oriental and religious topics. These are organised annually with a view to motivate youth and attract them to religion, social development and research.

Our Trustees  

Muncherji N. M. Cama, President

Keenly interested in history, languages and linguistics, the President, Mr. Muncherji N. M. Cama, is the Chairman of the Bombay Samachar Pvt. Ltd. 

He is a on the Board of several charities and is particularly interested in enhancing educational standards for the less fortunate and helping to provide medical treatment for the less privileged.


Mrs. Homai N. Modi, Trustee and Jt. Hon. Secretary

Besides shouldering her responsibilities as the Jt. Hon. Secretary of the K R Cama Oriental Institute, she is also a member of the National Managing Body, and the Hon. Secretary of the State and City branches of the Indian Red Cross Society.

While functioning as the Chairperson of the Countess of Dufferin Fund, she is also a nominated member of the State Disaster Management Commission.  She is also a Convenor of the Bombay Chapter of the Temple of Understanding and a Co-President of the Council of World Religions for Peace, New York.


Sir Dinshaw Petit

Born in Nice, France, Sir Dinshaw was educated in Great Britain from where he completed his business studies at New Hampshire College.

Sir Dinshaw is keenly interested in education and sits on the Board of Trustees of several schools in Bombay, Poona and Gujarat. Besides his active involvement with the J. N. Petit Library of which he is the President, he also serves as the head of several philanthropic trusts.

Very fond of music, he is on the Committee of the National Centre for the Performing Arts. He has an abiding interest in art, aesthetics, history and philology.


Dr Ardeshir Shiavax Khambatta

After schooling in Bombay, Dr Ardeshir S Khambatta completed his M.B.B.S. from Grant Medical College and proceeded to London where he studied towards his F.R.C.S.

He practiced as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon at Harley Street and was the Consultant to the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the English National Opera and the Royal College of Music, London.

Following his retirement from active medical practice, he has pursued his deep interests in Indian art, aesthetics, and religious philosophy and history. This has led to extensive travels and study visits to various sites in South East Asia.

He has made a deep study of music, particularly opera and vocal music.


Dr. (Mrs.) Nawaz B. Mody, Jt. Hon. Secretary

Dr. (Mrs.) Mody is the Jt. Hon. Secretary of the K R Cama Oriental Institute. She is also the Chairperson of the Research Committee and has been editing and publishing the various books and journals of the Institute since 2000. An active academic, Dr Nawaz Mody was the Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Professor of Civics and Politics and the Head of the Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai.  A Fullbright Scholar at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Dr Mody obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Mumbai.

She has authored a number of research papers and books, including The Parsis in Western India: 1818 to 1920 (1998); Women in India’s Freedom Movement (2000); Revitalising Indian Democracy (2001) and edited Enduring Legacy: Parsis of the 20th Century (2005.) 

She is presently the Director of the J N Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians.