By Bhagwati Prasad
The Stutter of Food
is an invitation into the difficulty of the speech about food. What leaves the tongue? Both as word, and as flesh.
In 2017, there was a happenstance moment in a restaurant during my travel to Shanghai, when I discovered pig intestines served on the table, their taste uncannily familiar, close to what my mother used to make at home. And even as I realized I had not spoken about this food in Delhi so far, I found that in that moment all of us on the table had come upon an intermediate place – a detour, a suddenness, a taste, an affinity.
Pitching a tent on the lawns at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, layering it with animal skins, I will draw on it, over days, a merging of worlds of animal, techne, and habitat – song lines conversing with the Begumpura of Ravidas, ‘a world without sorrow’. This tent is both a habitat and a staging; when it is ready, I will cook all day outside it, in a large cauldron, meats with spices and a recipe both familiar and invented. We will all share the meal.
Meals will be served 2 February 2:00 pm onwards
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