This weekend, attend a festival that celebrates Meghalayan culture and cuisine

  • Joanna Lobo, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 10:07 IST
Rida and The Musical Folks will perform an experiment with acoustic sounds, folk elements and melodies from their debut album, Musical Nature.

This Saturday, enjoy some jadoh sniang (red rice cooked with smoked pork stock) and pathaw Iwbih (yellow pumpkin curry) while listening to Khasi poetry and songs about nature.

Earthy A Fair, is a celebration of Meghalayan culture and food. “It is our idea of sharing the experience of being one with nature through music, food, arts and craft. There will be a feast of slow cooked local food, a music performance where musicians will perform on instruments they’ve crafted themselves from natural materials and an exhibition of handcrafted products made using materials like clay, bamboo, cane and beeswax,” says curator Ghopal Krishnan.

The event at cultural space, The Hive, is being put together by a collective of artists from Meghalaya. Listen as the band Rida and The Musical Folks perform an experiment with acoustic sounds, folk elements and melodies from their debut album Musical Nature. They will also recite poetry in Khasi and English.

Watch: Rida and The Musical Folks perform Sacrifice

Sample some Khasi and Jaintia fare like yellow rice with local herbs, smoked pork bamboo shoot curry, chicken stew with pumpkin, a dry fish salad, herb chutney and Carambola punch by chef Roderick Nongrum. And shop for handcrafted black clay tableware, clay cooking ware and bamboo bags by handicraft brand, Dak_ti Crafts.

The event will exhibit traditional black clay cooking utensils and handcrafted products made from materials like bamboo.

“The best way to showcase India’s cultural diversity and make it accessible is to turn it into a fun fiesta where people can enjoy some music, eat some food and generally mingle with artisans from the community,” says Sharin Bhatti, co-founder, The Hive.

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What: Earthy A Fair - a festival that celebrates the culture, food and music of Meghalaya

When: July 2, 8 pm to 10pm

Where: The HIVE, 50-A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village Road, Khar West

Cost: Rs 600 to Rs 1,200; visit; tickets will be sold until 4pm

The author tweets @djoiiii

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