Kolkata: The rich legacy of zamindari cuisine was revived, far from its origins, in Delhi, when a sit-down dinner was organised by two Bengalis-- designer Pranay Baidya and entrepreneur Shirsha Guha, on the occasion of International Women's Day.
Delhiites get the taste of Bengali zamindari cuisine preserved by generations of Bengali women
Zamindari cuisine, which forms an integral part of any grand celebration in Bengal, has been preserved by the women of Bengal, and passed down by generations since Circa 1610.
The sit-down Bengali Dinner themed "Bonedi Barir Pujo Anna Bhog", which roughly translates to "the food served to the Gods during Durga Puja, at the residences of the Zamindars of Bengal". The menu included a full array of authentic Bengali dishes.
This celebration of Bengali heritage was also the official launch of the Atelier of designer Pranay Baidya at Defence Colony in Delhi. The ambiance was created with a carefully curated display of Bengali decor including signature flowers, alpana, furniture, paintings and a live sitar and Hansa veena recital by celebrated artists.
Lovers of fashion and food, as well as curious folks from all over the city, gathered at the Atelier for some self-indulgence while feasting on Bengali "Anno Bhog". Amongst them were renowned faces like Shovana Narayan and husband Herbert Traxl, Rashmi Jolly, Renu Hussain, Shahana Mookherjee, Lipika Sood, Nandini Bhalla, Bhawna Kakkar, Neelima Agarwal, Chandani Chawla, Ekta Das, Sonam Pall, Varun Rana, Subhashish Mandal, Harsh Khullar, Nandishi Shriram, Ratan Kaul.