Indigenous Food Talk Session
The Santals, the largest homogenous tribe of India, have a legacy of collecting food from their natural surroundings of jungle, hills and water bodies. Though many of them are now dependent on market vegetables, yet they still continue to maintain the traditional food habit of their ancestors of eating food ranging from those found from plants and roots to mushrooms, insects, birds, reptiles and hunted animals. These naturally available foods not only provide them with the required nutrition and rich minerals in their daily diet, but also help in maintaining a sustainable way of life. However, with the fast reduction of forest lands due to human settlement, industrialization, construction of wild life sanctuaries and contamination of water bodies with chemical fertilizer and pesticides has disturbed the bio-diversity of their habitats and their traditional food cycles are rapidly changing.
The discussion, facilitated by Dr. Boro Baski, will be on some of the traditional food of Santals and their cooking process and how over the generations the foods have started to lose its originality or have amalgamated with the foods of their neighbouring communities. The speaker, along with his four team members, will also present a performance based on their traditional food and lifestyle.
Venue: Screen 3, Nazrul Tirtha
Date: 23rd December 2022
Time: 16:00 - 17:00 Hrs (IST)
*The talk session is free for all and is suitable for all age types.