Screenwriter, producer, and author Sri Rao will take you on a journey through the foods and films of India to celebrate the launch of his book, Bollywood Kitchen. From weddings to birthdays to home-cooked meals, Indians around the world celebrate their culture through food, film, and dance. Sri will discuss his experience as a first-generation Indian American, the role of food in Indian households and culture, and his career as one of the few Americans to have worked in Bollywood.
Bollywood dance performance by NYU Raas Malai, dance tutorial by Doonya, book signing with Sri, and Brooklyn Brewery beer to follow. Samosa Shack will be serving samosa bites before the program.
About Sri Rao
Sri Rao is a screenwriter based in New York City and a devoted home chef of Indian cuisine. One of the few Americans working in Bollywood, he has produced or written three major films, and has sold TV projects to networks including ABC, NBC, Fox, and BBC America.
About Bollywood Kitchen
It’s “dinner and a movie” in this vibrant, beautifully photographed tour of Indian food and films. Bollywood Kitchen is a must have for film enthusiasts and Indian-food lovers. Bollywood Kitchen is both a cookbook filled with accessible Indian recipes and a guided tour through the world of Bollywood films. What you won’t find in the book are recipes for chicken tikka masala or tandoori chicken, which are restaurant clichés. Instead, readers will discover dishes that will introduce them to the food Indian-Americans eat every day – like khichdi, a simple, weeknight, lentil-and-rice dish that’s perfect for vegetarians, yet robust enough for carnivores.
Doonya: The Bollywood Workout is a dance based high-intensity interval training fitness program. Spend 55 minutes sweating to the powerful drum beats of South Asia. You’ll leave class ready to take on life's obstacles with grace and power…just a like a Bollywood Star.
About NYU Raas Malai
NYU Raas Malai is New York University's Premiere Garba/Raas Indian Dance Troupe. Founded in 2005, NYU Raas Malai has become one of the top Garba/Raas teams in the country, competing at national inter-collegiate competitions all over the United States. Bringing a distinct New York swagger to the national Raas scene, NYU Raas Malai is as sweet and satisfying our name suggests. A co-ed family of 16 members, NYU Raas Malai always seeks out fun and creativity while keeping the culture of Gujrat alive outside of India.
About Samosa Shack
The story of Samosa Shack began with Mini Dhingra's mother 35 years ago, when she started spicing potatoes and stuffing them in perfect little dough pockets. After mastering her mom’s samosas, Mini began to experiment with her own. Samosa Shack puts a global artisanal twist on the ever popular Indian street treat – the Samosa. Using Hudson Valley farm fresh seasonal ingredients, Mini's treats can be found at various farmers markets, pop-ups, and catered events in New York and New Jersey.
This program is part of Feasts and Festivals, a program series that examines food and drink’s central role in celebrations, ceremonies, and rituals across the globe. For more information, click here.
*Ticket Refund Policy: Full refund with 48 hours notice, 50% refund with 24 hours notice, and no refund with less than 24 hours notice.