With the winter cold gripping the North Shore and no real end in sight, there’s no better time than now to escape to exotic, warmer lands and on Thursday, February 21st you can do just that without even paying a baggage fee as the Peabody Essex Museum is transformed into Café Samovar, Bombay’s artistic and intellectual hotspot at PEM/PM’s “Hot Fusion: Explosive Global India.”
The evening promises to immerse all guests of the PEM in the experiences of a bustling Eastern city and provides a rare and valuable chance to discover the arts and culture of a country on the other side of the globe from exceptional people who have helped to craft them. Starting at 6:30 pm, the museum will be filled with traditional Indian music, complimentary cooking demonstrations and tastings from the master chefs of TAJ Boston, and conversations with Indian-American authors Rishi Reddi, Rajesh Parameswaran, and Suketu Mehta through a partnership with The Tannery Series. Combined, these three authors have received upwards of twenty awards and commendations for their writing including multiple fellowships and residences across the United States.
Topics of discussion are set to include everything from art and books to America and the expanding global presence of India, with Mehta in particular speaking about his highly-praised autobiographical book Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, a reflection on life in the city of Mumbai. To date, this text has earned a place as one of the 2004 books of the year according to The Economist, the Kiriyama Prize, the Vodafone Crossword Book Award and, in 2005, gave Mehta the distinction of being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Don’t pass up this opportunity to explore the rich, artistic world of “Hot Fusion: Explosive Global India” with guides who represent some of the best in their fields, and be sure to keep an eye out for future PEM/PM events on the third Thursday of every month from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm. Tickets are free for PEM members, Salem residents, and Salem State University students who have a valid ID and only $10 for nonmembers.
David Kostos is a student at Salem State University and an intern at the Peabody Essex Museum.