“Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India” Exhibit, until Jun 10, 2018 @ Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA

The Siddis of Karnataka are the descendants of early African immigrants to South Asia and enslaved Africans brought to India’s west coast from the 16th century. While they have adopted, adapted, and integrated many aspects of Indian cultures, Siddis have also retained and transformed African traditions. In the visual arts, one stands out: the patchwork… Read More

Autumn in Old Delhi: Spices, Porters and Local Fare

Though the summer intensity has passed in North India, a glimmer of cooler mornings awaits, on the sidelines of Old Delhi. Dust never settles, it just gets redistributed and then the heat lacquers every surface. Each corner of this ancient city is coated with infinite layers: strata of memories, migrants, languages, castes, foods, architectures, monumental… Read More

Article: India’s Foundation for the Revitilisation of Local Health Traditions Pioneering In Situ Conservation Strategies for Medicinal Plants and Local Cultures

Khan SK, Karnat, NM and Shankar D. 2005. “India’s Foundation for the Revitilisation of Local Health Traditions Pioneering In Situ Conservation Strategies for Medicinal Plants and Local Cultures.” HerbalGram 68 (Fall), p. 34-48. As medicinal plant use has become more popular worldwide, concern about plant conservation and sustainability has increased. According to the Medicinal Plant… Read More