On 11th November, Wolfson College Cambridge Fine Arts Committee and the Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro), via its inter-disciplinary Global Centre for Nutrition and Health in Cambridge, held an event – Spices of South Asia: a seven decades’ trail. This was part of the exhibition Representing Partition: India and Pakistan at Wolfson College Cambridge.
This programme as a whole was part of the University’s ‘India Unboxed’ series (which marked 70 years since India and Pakistan became independent sovereign nations) and ran alongside other exhibitions in University of Cambridge Museums and at the Centre of South Asian Studies.
Through this event we aimed to promote public understanding of the shared cultural heritage between India and Pakistan as well as South Asia and Britain, using the medium of food, nutrition and spices to explore themes ranging from the arts and humanities through to science, health and society.
The event started with opening remarks and discourse from Margaret Greeves (FRSA, Wolfson); Lord Richard Balfe (FRSS, NNEdPro); Lord Diljit Rana (MBE) and Professor Sadaf Farooqi (FMedSci)
Panel 1: A Spice Trail from the Khyber Pass to the Sindh Valley and beyond
- Saeeda Ahmed MA – Spices of Pakistan and its frontiers
- Dr Minha Rajput-Ray – The Spice Journey across India, Africa and the seven seas
Panel 2: The Spice of Life: from food on our plates to nutrition and health
- Nikitah Ray, Rama Rajput and Urszula Sobanda – South Asian foods and spices in Britain today
Panel 3: Dr Glenys Jones with Professor Daniele Del Rio KC on South Asian food, spices and human health
The event also included a viewing of displays including artwork and NNEdPro’s Teaching Kitchens Initiative and South Asian Performing Arts including poetry and dance by Divya Ram Kumar and Colleagues. The programme closed with a viewing of Main India-Pakistan Exhibition
The event was co-chaired by Cleo Roberts (Wolfson College Visiting Research Associate) and Professor Sumantra ‘Shumone’ Ray (Wolfson College Fellow)