Video: Soul Food- Journey of Anglo-Indian Cuisine
The first Soul Food session was hosted in the city at Hotel Aauris by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee and theatre actress Baishali Chatterjee Dutt. The event took place at Blu, Hotel Aauris.
The term Soul Food came into prominence around the 1960’s with the rise of the Civil Rights and Black National Movements. This was the time when the African Americans began to assert their role in a cultural legacy which contributed to the shaping of America. The term Soul Food brings to mind crispy fried chicken, mashed potatoes, fried green tomatoes, it also conjures up memories of warmth, comfort and childhood.
“With this initiative we wanted to show how food evolved and also the effect it had on the culture of a country. This session will surely be liked and appreciated by the audience whom I will be addressing. We will also be exploring how food has found mention in literary works especially in the writings of Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, Mallika Basu, Mary Angelou, Laura Esquiver and others” said Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee.
A host of eminent personalities from different fields came to support the event. Some of them included Sarbari Dutta, Parama, Mamata Shankar, Alokananda Roy, Barun Chanda, Kaushani, Boney, Jayant Kripalani, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Lagnajita, Saira Shah Halim, Rajlakshmi and many others.
The guests were served lip smacking dishes designed by Chef Sujit Mondal. The lunch consisted of the likes of Fish cutlets, Steamed meat loaf, Chicken calderon, Dodol and others.
The cross-cultural influence that food has was shared with the help of readings by Baishali and Sujoy which were interspersed with violin recitals by Sandipan.