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Living Lightly: Get glimpses of a nomadic life projected in urban Delhi

A camel milk cheese-making workshop, works of Indian and international photographers on display, and more is part of an ongoing exhibition on nomadic tribes of India.

art and culture Updated: Jan 04, 2017 18:12 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
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A photograph of the Dhangar tribe of Maharashtra by Kalyan Varma. (Kalyan Varma)

Isn’t a layer of extra cheese in your burger a welcome delight? Ever thought what would it taste like, if made from camel milk? An ongoing exhibition in the city is offering a chance to learn cheese-making from ingredients such as camel milk and other pastoral foods.

Titled Living Lightly, the show explores lives of pastoral communities or nomadic tribes. It displays more than 300 frames – shot by six Indian and international photographers, namely: Michael Benanav, Christina Noble, Kalyan Varma, Ishaan Raghunandan, Sridhar Sankar and Monisha Ahmed.

A photograph of the Monpas from Arunachal Pradesh, by K M Jayahari. ( K M Jayahari )

“Christina has documented lives of Gaddis of Himachal Pradesh, Micheal has captured Gujjars of Uttarakhand, Kalyan has photographed Dhangars of Maharashtra and Monisha has explored the life of Changpa of Kashmir – who make Pashmina,” says Sushma Iyengar, curator of the exhibition.

Australian artist Jo Bertini.

Australian artist Jo Bertini, who has captured the lives of Maldhari pastoralists of Kutch in 24 artworks, says,“In Australia there is a direct living link to the nomadic spirit and cultural heritage of the Maldhari that stretches back to 1860 when camels were first brought to the continent from India.”

An artwork representing Maldhari tribe by Jo Bertini.

Apart from these displays, there’s also poetry, music, film, food, photography, dastangoi, games and conferences being organised. Part of this is the camel milk cheese-making workshop, by Anne Bruntse – a cheese-maker from Kenya.

“Camel milk has a different composition than that of cow or buffalo milk, and as such requires a special type of rennet (curdled milk) and some extra steps,” says Bruntse, while teaching participants to make halloumi-style cheese (from camel milk). She adds, “There is a lot of possibility to make cheese from pastoral ingredients in India, using simple methods. But not many people are aware of the quicker ways.”

And for the film buffs, five Indian and international films will be screened. “The idea is to appreciate pastoral lives and values and help in reviving some of their old, lost traditions,” says Iyengar.


What: Living Lightly
Where: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 11 Mansingh Road
On till: December 18
Timings: 11am to 8pm
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat on Yellow Line

First Published: Dec 07, 2016 18:36 IST