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East Indian cultural programme in Mumbai

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 21:28 IST

Sukhya bombil chi chichouni (dried Bombay ducks), stuffed pomfret and fugiyas  is on the palate of the Thane residents as the east Indians in the area get ready to celebrate 'East Indian Cultural Programme' on Sunday. 

The three hour event, to be held at the Saint John Baptist church quadrangle, aims to bring alive the traditions and flavour of the authentic East Indian cuisine.

"East Indians are the original inhabitants and they are spread all over the city. By this event we try to get the entire community together and celebrate", said Cyril Fonseca, President, Thane East India Association, which organises the programme from the past 17 years.

Over 1000 people attend the programme every year and enjoy the delicacies on sale at the food stalls. "The most famous is the Sukhya bombil chi chichouni, which is a dry Bombay duck cooked in earthen pots thus giving it a distinct flavour. People specially come to the festival to have this dish", said Fonseca.

"Earlier it was a low profile affair. But from the past three years we are celebrating it in a grand way and with its increasing popularity, people from all communities come to enjoy it", said Fonseca adding that Bishop Thomas Dabre of the Vasai Diocese will be the chief guest of the event.

Oneil Kinny, Convener of Mool East Indian Sanghatna and the man behind the East Indians protest for OBC status will be honoured at the event for his extensive work for the community.