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Food fest ends with cheering note

Correspondent, Guwahati

Over the years a need was felt for a platform to interchange ideas and opinion about northeastern cuisine. A region that has been not only alienated from the so called mainland India as defined by aggrieved sections of northeastern society.

Quit Essence was formed with an idea to generate a common meeting point. It was with this idea a two day seminar cum food fest was organised at Shilpagram, Guwahati, recently by the said organisation. Resource persons from all over the northeast participated in the programme. Karunamoy Sinha and Paramita Livingstone from Tripura presented their papers which were widely appreciated.

During interaction between the organisers and the resource persons it was agreed upon that the northeast cuisine with shares a lot of common elements need to be marketed in a more consumer friendly manner to the rest of India thereby generating a potential marker and ensuring a business opportunity no matter how miniscule it might be to begin it.

Most resource people agreed that interchange of opinion a disinformation even between northeastern states was very important since there seemed to be an invisible wall standing in the way of creating an atmosphere of better understanding. Cuisine, which is integral to any culture and heritage and is a way of life, could bridge this distance and it was high time one understands that.        October 22, 2000