ALI AKBAR SHAPURZAMAN ( ALOBA )

Meherazad 1975 - photo taken by Anthony Zois
Meherazad 1975 - photo taken by Anthony Zois

Born : 12th July 1916 - Yazd, Iran ( then Persia )

Died: 13th August 2002 - 1:30 pm-  Inlaks Hospital, Pune, India ( pulmonary embolism )

Buried : Lower Meherabad, India ( not cremated )

Nationality : Indian

 

A Brief History :

Arrived at the age of 7 in India from Iran with an uncle.

Worked for 4 years in Iranian restaurants in Bombay before enrolling in the Hazrat Babajan School.

Aloba first met Baba at the Prem Ashram spiritual school for boys in 1927.

Muslim by birth.

In 1928, his uncle took him back to Bombay ( Mumbai ) to work.

Aloba met Baba in Nasik in 1934 briefly and was sent back.

The only student from the Meher Ashram period to become a resident mandali.

On 16th October 1949, he joined Baba in the New Life until June 1950. He then returned  to Bombay & later Poona ( Pune ).

The last survivor amoung the men mandali who accompanied Meher Baba into the New Life.

In 1952, Meher Baba called him to be a resident mandali.

For most of his remaining life he lived at the Meherazad property.

 

Aloba's last name is sometimes spelt as Shapur Zaman & Shapurziman

 

Aloba is 4th from the right
Aloba is 4th from the right
Aloba in Hamirpur, India. - Photo taken by Win Coates ( copyright Susan White )
Aloba in Hamirpur, India. - Photo taken by Win Coates ( copyright Susan White )
Aloba at Meherazad, India Nov-Dec1983
Aloba at Meherazad, India Nov-Dec1983
Meherazad, mid-1970s ; photo courtesy of Anne Giles
Meherazad, mid-1970s ; photo courtesy of Anne Giles
Meher Baba Washington DC insert notice for Aloba's coming visit
Meher Baba Washington DC insert notice for Aloba's coming visit
  Photo taken by Win Coates ( copyright Susan White )
Photo taken by Win Coates ( copyright Susan White )

MEN'S CEMETERY, LOWER MEHERABAD

Aloba's grave is at Lower Meherabad
Aloba's grave is at Lower Meherabad