National Museum Hosting Exhibition On India’s Ancient Food History

NEW DELHI || The National Museum, New Delhi is hosting a unique exhibition on India’s ancient food history “Historical Gastronomica – The Indus Dining Experience” from 19th to 25th February that goes back to more than 5000 years agora n official informed on Thursday.

The National Museum houses an impressive collection of Indus valley Civilization artefacts. The Indus Valley Civilization gallery has one of the world’s most significant collections of this glorious Indian civilization. This thematic gallery also displays the famous Bronze Dancing Girl, which was excavated from Mohenjodaro, a Harappan site.

‘Indus Dining Experience’ – curated jointly by the National Museum and One Station Million Stories (OSMS) – is based on archaeological research, museum artefacts and their characteristics.

The exhibition in the National Museum features (i) an illustrative story of man’s food history since his evolution and continues to conclude at the Indus-Saraswati Civilization, (ii) Gallery Walk: Use of Harrapan pottery and artefacts, (iii) Food Tasting: finger-food samplers and dinners. A model of a Late Harappan Kitchen and other specially designed exhibits — recreated by OSMS take viewers back to the Harappan era.

The exhibition demonstrates how the first humans evolved due to food habits, learnt to distinguish edible from non-edible substance, food processing techniques and related architecture of the Harappans. It shows how Climate Change defined and continues to define Food Security. The exhibition will resonate with anyone working towards the future of food.

Genomic data from diverse present-day South Asians reveal that there is a continuity in our ancestral lineage linking us to the Iranian agriculturalists and South Asian hunter-gathers. Combined with the traditional knowledge of cooking styles and methods still practised in present-day villages of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Sindh and Baloch, it is possible that our basic diet bears more similarities to present-day consumption than differences as these are matters of innate taste.

One of the main draws of this exhibition is tasting the food of the Indus-Saraswati Civilization — recreated by National Award-winning Chef Saby (Sabyasachi Gorai).] Saby, who has a cult following in the culinary world, is the President – Young Chefs’ Forum of the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA).

One Station Million Stories is a Delhi-based dynamic team that specializes in the craft of storytelling through extensive technical research. This event organized by National Museum, OSMS and Fabrica by Chef Saby is truly a Made in India event with an international appeal.

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