"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food "
" Eating is a necessity
but cooking is an art "
" Cooking with love provides food for the soul "
" You have to taste a culture to understand it "
Swad Sanskriti, curated by Food and Beverage Buzz magazine of Ocean Media Private Limited, a group company of the ninety-year-old publishing house - Prabhat Prakashan, is the prologue to the Indian culinary story that has never been entirely told. The stream of cultural inheritance which was translated into the science of culinary practices and imbibed through a vivid art of flavours is a relic rarely documented and edicated. Understanding the gifts of knowledge from the past is not only imperative for the journey beyond but also to revive the massive civilisation that harnessed life through the celebration of food. The cultural concentration in building and comprehending the etymology of taste plays a vital role. Therefore, the dais of Swad Sanskriti is dedicated to furthering and calibrating the study of Indian culinary arts conjoining food with philosophy and showcasing the resultant norms.
(IAS (retd.)) Former Secretary, Ministry of Tourism
Chairperson, Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development
SK Misra is a retired Indian civil servant, social worker, writer and a former Principal Secretary to Chandra Sekhar, the 8th Prime Minister of India. He is one of the founders of Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai and the founder chairperson of ITRHD.
Jose Dominic (CEO, CGH Earth Group)
Jose Dominic is a visionary businessman who pioneered and presented a new luxury hospitality model without the extravagance of conventional luxury hotels.
Pradyot Manikya Deb Burman (Maharaja, state of Tripura)
Pradyot Deb Burman, also known as PBK Manikya, is the head of the Royal Family of Tripura. A music lover and chef par excellence, Mr Burman is the sole heir of the 800-year-old Manikya dynasty.
Rakesh Mathur (Former President, Welcom Heritage by ITC)
A seasoned hotelier, Rakesh Mathur is one of the pioneers in setting up heritage hotels in India. He is currently the Executive Committee Member of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association and the founder of first Ecotourism Society of India.
Chef Rakesh Sethi
Corporate Executive Chef at Carlson Rezidor and Celebrity Chef
Steve Borgia (Chairman & Managing Director of INDeco Leisure Hotels )
For Steve Borgia, hoteliering is a passion and part of his creative work. He considers tourism and hotels as the best tools to empower rural folk and conserve their heritage. An avid practitioner of eco-friendly and heritage tourism, Borgia left his high paying UN job to set up INDeco Leisure Hotels that is an epitome of eco-friendly hotels.
B.R. Oberoi (Chairman, Elgin Hotels)
Popularly known as "Diamond", Mr. Oberoi is the Founder and Managing Director of Elgin Hotels Private Limited, the flagship company of Elgin Hotels & Resorts. The "Elgin" brand represents fine luxury heritage hotels in the Himalayas of Darjeeling and Sikkim.
Pritha Sen (Food Anthropologist)
Former journalist Pritha Sen is a Gurgaon-based development consultant who wandered accidentally into food. She enjoys delving into the history of regional cuisines, and the cuisine of Bengal is her forte.
Dr Pushpesh Pant (Food Historian & Critic)
A noted academician, food critic and historian, Dr Pushpesh Pant is one of India's leading experts on International Relations as well as Indian cuisine. His book, India: The Cookbook (2011) was named by The New York Times as one of the best cookbooks of the year.
Pramoda Devi Wadiyar (Rajmata, Royal family of Mysuru)
Wife of the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, Pramoda Devi Wadiyar is an art lover and a travel enthusiast. Rajmata has been conferred with an honourary doctorate along with His Holiness Dalai Lama by the University of Mysore.
Sanjeev Pahwa (Sr. Vice President, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group)
With a career spanning nearly four decades, Sanjeev Pahwa is a hotelier par excellence and
witness to the changing era of hospitality in India. He is currently heading the South Asia
operations for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
Pushpraj Singh (Maharaja, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh)
The XXXIV King of Rewa, Maharaja Pushpraj Singh is the son of the late Maharaja Martand
Singh who was the driving force behind making Bandhavgarh a National Park in the late 1960s.
Maharaja Pushpraj Singh is the M.P. State Co-convener for INTACH org. and Chairman
Bandhavgarh Foundation (Member, Indian Wild Life Board, GOI).