28 Feb 2020

Historical Gastronomica – The Indus Dining ExperienceQuick read

Source: PIB

The National Museum, New Delhi hosted 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 ago.

Key highlights

  • ‘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 featured
    1. an illustrative story of man’s food history since his evolution and continues to conclude at the Indus-Saraswati Civilization
    2. Gallery Walk:  Use of Harrapan pottery and artefacts
    3. 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 demonstrated 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 also showed how Climate Change defined and continues to define Food Security. 
  • 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 practiced 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 area matters of innate taste.
  • One Station Million Stories is a Delhi-based dynamic team that specializes in the craft of storytelling through extensive technical research.


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