The aromatic ambience of the International Food Festival was intoxicating. The Jhelum Lawn buzzed with perceptibly enthusiastic people. From steaming hot Nepali Momos to sweet Korean Honey Cakes, from humble French Ratatouille to hearty Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) — the sweet and savoury jugalbandi of taste buds and the tantalising textures— crisp, moist, chewy, soupy; were all very heart-warming.
The Festival formally commenced at 7:30 pm with ISA (International Students Association) President Mina Babazadeh’s vote of thanks and Vice Chancellor Sudhir Kumar Sopory’s inaugural speech.
ISA Vice President, Teruaki Fujioto was the host for the night. Mina Babazadeh in her vote of thanks said, “Culture is what makes us different…food has an important role to play in people’s lives”. Professor Sudhir Kumar Sopory along with Dr. Rohini Muthuswami, graced the occasion with their presence as Chief Guests. In his inaugural speech, the Vice Chancellor expressed concerns regarding the representation of foreign students at JNU. He said, “There is a space for every thought in JNU…everyone has the right to express themselves and speak their mind”.
The ISA presented a bouquet to the Vice Chancellor as a token of their appreciation. Unnoticed JNU, a non-profit organisation working for the children of construction workers at JNU presented the Vice Chancellor with a photo collage. Apart from the collage, a customised mug was also presented to Professor Sopory on behalf of the children from Unnoticed. The inaugural speech was followed by a special performance by children from Unnoticed. Artists hailing from Afghanistan, Tibet, and Morocco also performed at the Open mic later yesterday evening. Japanese writer, Yoko Tawada and Yojiro Tanaka, Director of the Japan Foundation were some key figures present at the festival.
Aakanksha D’cruz is an MA student at CPS and works for The Informer.
Gundula Haage is a GSP student and works as a photographer for The Informer.
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