Blending different flavours such as sweet, sour, hot and salty, brings about a gush of variety to the palate which is precisely what Thai cuisine is famous for. For titillating food lovers’ taste buds, the Kempinski Ambience hotel is hosting a Thai food festival at Mei Kun, the Asian restaurant which will be on till July 19.The festival, which aims to satiate the thirst of Thai cuisine lovers in the city began on July 10. Puneet Singh, General Manager, Kempinski Ambience Hotel, said, “A harmonious blend of spicy, subtle, sweet and sour, Thai food is an absolute delight for the palate. This festival is our endeavour to introduce the magic of Thai cuisine to our guests.” Chef KwanraueanSaegsiting is one of the most sought after Thai Chefs in the world. When asked about the peculiarities of Thai cuisine Chef Kwan said “Thai food is one the most loved cuisines across the globe and is famous for its chilli-hot and sweet blends. With flavours both savoury and sweet, my special creations are aimed at giving guests a one way ticket to Thailand. It is an absolute delight for me to be a part of the Thai food festival at Kempinski Ambience Hotel in Delhi and bringing the best of Thai cuisine to India.” Some of the signature dishes include PhadPhakRuamMitr (Mixed vegetables in soya sauce), GaengKiew Wan Gai (Roasted Duck in Red Curry), Phad Thai Goong (Fried Thin Rice Noodles), Shrimp with Eggs among others. The special menu will be available at Mei Kun at Rs 1400 /1600 plus taxes for dinner. A la Carte is also available.
Nature Morte brings to Art Basel Hong Kong, four vessels by artist and sculptor Subodh Gupta. The sight of a large brass handi with a little lota within presents a picturesque sight, people will go and preen into the darkness of the handi and see that the individual components of the lota is worn and tarnished within. However, the shiny brass outside creates a visual phenomenon, so when looking at it from a slight distance viewers may mistake the site as one of vibrant, metallic abundance perhaps looking like a golden orb. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Through the 2018 installation — Gupta gives us a nod to both Duchamp’s iconic ready made and the poet Kabir reference to the vessel of life — Gupta urges viewers to consider the societal paradoxes that exist in India as a result of hastened economic development despite prevailing poverty and injustice.The use of everyday, domestic objects as a vehicle to discuss the sociopolitical situation of globalization in India continues in the next area of the gallery. On another wall is a triptych of three views of a pan. The first zooms into the surface texture – we are looking at material translation, where the form and structure of socio-cultural traditions remain, but as a mere semblance because, from a distance, we can also feel we are looking at a cosmic study and not a frying pan’s inner facets. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese three works that act as one painting take us back to the Gupta’s beginnings as a painter as well as his childhood when he watched his mother cooking in a small kitchen. Gupta looks at domestic objects with an uncommon devotion and reverence rarely seen in the capitalistic materialistic world of today.In this brilliant work he is drawing our attention to our consumerist culture – where objects are bought, used, discarded, and forgotten –Gupta paints hyper-enlarged versions of the pans on canvas and invites audience responses. The three-part painting depicts the pan blown up to scale and adds meaning and intensity to the scratch marks seen on the original kitchen vessel, inspiring viewers to get closer and observe its unspoken history. Perhaps poetic is the corollary of conversations we are given, the vessel and its cosmic inverse, the unfathomable distance between our mortal lives – (humble vessel) and the mysterious cosmos. Gupta says, “When I created these paintings I was asking questions – what would it mean to address the world’s people not as an anonymous mob/crowd but as individuals who can each possess a piece of infinity.”This triptych at Art Basel Hong Kong continues his investigation into the sustaining and even transformational power of the everyday idiom. The anthropologist and writer Bhrigupati Singh once described Gupta’s paintings as “the patterns we create through our diurnal scrapings, the marks we leave night and day, through rise and fall, joy and sorrow, on the surfaces of our ordinary domestic vessels that journey with us, sometimes for years. What we discover in the process are intricately crafted pieces of the cosmos. By bringing us ever closer to the intricate texture of our everyday lives.” Singh wrote, “Subodh Gupta reminds us that what is near, is no less cosmic or mysterious.”
Kolkata: A major clash broke out at Patrasayer in Bankura on Saturday morning, between the workers and supporters of Trinamool Congress and BJP. To control the situation, police allegedly fired a few rounds, which hit three persons including a school student. However, police have denied the allegations.According to sources, Trinamool had organised a rally on Saturday morning under the banner of Jansanyog Yatra, led by senior Trinamool leader Suvendu Adhikari. Near Kankardanga in Patrasayer, some BJP supporters shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’. When Trinamool workers protested the act, the BJP supporters allegedly attacked them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSoon, the area turned into a battlefield as Trinamool workers tried to resist the attack. Meanwhile, police tried to control the situation but failed. It has been alleged that BJP workers also hurled crude bombs during the clash. Later, police fired teargas shells and initiated lathi charge to control the violent mob. While doing so a few rounds were fired, which hit three persons including a school student. BJP alleged that police had fired rubber bullets, which injured the trio. However, police have denied the allegation. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn Saturday night, police arrested local BJP leader Tamal Kanti Guin for allegedly creating the situation. Protesting against Guin’s arrest, BJP workers on Sunday put up blockades and held agitation at several places across Bankura. To avoid any deterioration of law and order, adequate police forces were deployed. Due to the incident, tension spread all over Patrasayer. Trinamool leaders alleged that BJP is trying to instigate violence as they had done earlier in Bhatpara. The three injured are still undergoing treatment at the Bankura Medical College and Hospital.