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What do we think of when we refer to ‘Indian Food?’ This discussion will explore food cultures in parts of India where spiced curries are not as common as one might believe.
Anthropologist Dolly Kikon will be in conversation with filmmaker Nilanjan Bhattacharya about their documentary films Seasons of Life: Foraging and Fermenting Bamboo During Ceasefire and Johar: Welcome to Our World. Both these documentaries illustrate indigenous food cultures and practices, which are often overlooked in the mainstream discourse about Indian cuisine and food habits.
Part of PHYTOPIA, in collaboration with Science Gallery Bengaluru.
Dolly Kikon is a Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology and Development Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. She received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University in 2013, and was a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University from 2013-2015. Prior to that she received her Bachelors in Law (LLB) from the Faculty of Law at University of Delhi in 2001 and practised in the Supreme Court of India and the Gauhati High Court in Assam. Her legal advocacy work and research continue to focus on land ownership and resource management in Northeast India, including extra constitutional regulations like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958)
Nilanjan Bhattacharya is an Indian filmmaker, artist and writer. He has produced and directed several acclaimed films and diverse media art works. Nilanjan received President’s Award of India twice for his documentaries, Under This Sun (2005), and Johar: Welcome To Our World (2010).
Some of Nilanjan’s other works include Rain in the Mirror, Ninety Degrees, Fishing Out of Time (mixed media installation), Quiet Flows the Stream (video installation). His works have been showcased at Mumbai International Film Festival, Goteborg International Film Festival, Experimenter Art Gallery, Calcutta, Wellcome Collection Gallery, London, European Kunsthalle, and Frankfurter Kunstverein.