Food practices of a people is the product of multiple factors. Endogenous as well as exogenous factors influence people’s opinion and preferences about food. In India and its neighbouring countries, food practices are often delimited by economic standing, religion, caste and analogous systems of social ranking of the consumers. State and market forces also influence food behaviour by exercising control over production and trade. Food and Power: Expressions of Food-Politics in South Asia studies power relations between those who eat and those who decide (or at least try to decide) what people should eat. It raises questions pertaining to the politicization of ethnographic tradition in South Asia in relation to the intersection of religion, economy and food. This book explores how traditional food practices have undergone change owing to the influences of migration globalization and popular media to understand how ethos of the powerful affects the foodways of relatively weaker ethnic, religious, occupational and gender groups

Food for Musicians: Gastric Ideas and Practices among North Indian Artistic Communities*
Food for musicians: Gastric ideas and practices among north indian artistic communities
Svetlana Ryzhakova

Khana to hai, khanewale chahiye!

(‘The food is there, only eaters are needed!’ It means the ‘great ocean of art’ lies right in front of us, only devoted disciples are needed, who are able to ‘absorb’ and ‘digest’ the knowledge.)

‘I have never met a single musician in North India, for whom cooking good food and feeding guests would not be extremely important’ (Dhar 2005).

Many famous singers, as rumoured, began their career with the addiction to green chilly. The cultural links between music and food, theatre and food, dance and food are plenty and diverse in Indian culture. ...

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