NIAS-CSP Friday Online Lecture - Ms.Manjusha Pisharody will speak on "Food Wisdom in Rituals, Culture & Traditions"


 NIAS-CSP Friday Online Lecture 

Organised by NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science campus, Bengaluru 560012

Topic: "Food Wisdom in Rituals, Culture & Traditions"

Speaker: Manjusha Pisharody 

Introduction & About NIAS CSP Friday Lectures: Niharika Sharma

Chairperson: Meera Menon

Date: 16th October 2020

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Venue: Zoom online meeting - RSVP to with your full name and Institute/Affiliation/Address to receive the Zoom link and attend the lecture

About the Speaker: Manjusha is a lifelong student of food traditions, dietary practices and heirloom recipes of South India. Through her blog and social media handles, she writes about the need to preserve our dietary and cultural heritage. She shares old recipes and techniques to introduce them in a way that appeals to the new generation. Recently she conducted a residential Food and Culture Workshop for INTACH at a heritage home in her native place, Palakkad. Among her hobbies is studying the geometrical patterns in kolams. She is currently based out of Bangalore and works with IBM in the e-learning space.


Abstract: Every tradition and ritual has a story to tell, that of Nature, religious beliefs, outside influences, or social customs. How we evolved as social human beings over time shaped our traditions, which evolved and transformed into the way they are now. Artistic expressions through skills and rituals play a very important role in shaping a region's culture. These expressions include craftsmanship, social practices, festivals, art, oral heritage, and most importantly, culinary art. Food customs have stayed on and become an integral part of our life, marking the change of seasons, important events like harvest or changes in lunar and solar calendars. Unlike other forms of art, every household has culinary artists and these food traditions specific to each household have been passed on over generations.

Food is not only about nutrition and wellness but also about variety, worship, medicine, and rituals. Our ancestors designed our rituals and festivals in a way that deepened, enriched, and gave meaning to our relationship with food. Recipes and dietary practices that are part of religious ceremonies helped preserve and make it fun to comprehend and follow. The processes involved in gathering and preparing certain foods is of great social and cultural significance and strengthened bonds.

If you have a question or a suggestion for a speaker, email the Coordinators of NIAS CSP Friday Lecture - Niharika Sharma and Meera Kumar Menon.  

Friday, October 16, 2020