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Delhi gets a taste of Nobel celebrations

entertainment Updated: Oct 15, 2011 00:44 IST

Delhiites will now get to catch a small glimpse of the legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize. A five-city roadshow, which kicks off in Delhi today, has 25 events that showcase the culture, art and spirit of innovation associated with the prize. Called the Nobel Memorial Week, the road show, which has been put together by the Embassy of Sweden, will tour five Indian cities — New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune.

“For five years now, the embassy of Sweden has organised this week with a number of partner companies annually. It has not only grown stronger every year but has taken a more definitive shape over the years too,” says Lars Olof Lindgren, the Swedish Ambassador.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show is the exhibition of the Nobel menu illustrations, presented at the Nobel banquet, which has been held at the Blue Hall of the City Hall of Stockholm since 1934. During the first two decades, ‘consommés’ or clear soups like ‘Tortue Claire’, were common starters. Today, the spread has expanded to seafood and a variety of meat. The menus were fashioned in French from 1901 to 2004, but were translated in English and Swedish in 2005. In September each year, three menus suggested by chefs, which have impeccable international credentials, are presented to the Nobel Foundation for tasting.

Part of this exhibition is also a competition in the 3D section, which has interpretations of the menus by Indian school students. These menus have been shortlisted by a five-member jury comprising of curator Alka Pande, gallerist Rahul Bhattacharya, filmmaker Ayesha Sood and Ambassador Lindgren.
Another thing to watch out for is The Nobel Memorial Wall — a collage post of Nobel memorabilia — which presents the history of the prize. This will be part of a five-day public exhibition at the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station from October 17 onwards.

Catch the show live ...
What: Exhibition of Nobel Menu Illustrations
Where: All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), Rafi Marg, Connaught Place
When: October 17
Timings: 6.30pm
Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk on the yellow line