What do fallow khazan lands, high air pollution levels in Delhi and the global perception of Indian food as a monolithic entity have in common? Most people will be surprised to hear that all have been affected and, arguably, caused by the course that rice growing in India has taken in the past few decades. India’s incredible diversity of indigenous rice varieties, historically numbering over a lakh, suffered a major rupture with the Green Revolution of the 1960s & ’70s, as indigenous varieties were replaced wholesale by hybrid ‘high-yielding’ ones. Edible Archives has been researching and sourcing remaining heirloom and indigenous seed varieties of rice, gathering not just the grains, but the songs and stories, cultural practices and medicinal knowledge — and tracing the ways in which this history and rupture affect daily life in modern India.
Speakers – Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar is a professional chef with ten years of experience in the restaurant industry both in India and abroad. She holds a PhD in Cognitive Linguistics. For the past few years she has been combining her research background with her culinary training by working on indigenous ingredients and knowledge systems through Edible Archives.
Shalini Krishan has twelve years of experience in the Indian publishing industry as an editor with independent publishing houses. She has worked extensively with queer and feminist issues, and also engaged with public health outreach, particularly around TB. Her interest in Edible Archives stems from her passion for sustaining and nurturing biodiversity.
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