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The bankers of Bengal
On the invitation of Manikchand, a number of Jain merchant families migrated to Murshidabad and the nearby twin cities of Azimganj and Ziaganjj. Thus, the Dugars, Dudhorias, Nahars, Nowlakhas, Singhis, Kotharis and many such families settled in the region and started adopting the local ways of living, including food, attire, customs and language, evolving as a community distinct from the Marwaris.
Restoration hope for Jain relics
In absence of any government response to save the Jain architecture and monuments in Murshidabad, many of them around one-and-a-half century old and depicting a fusion of Jain and Bengal's architectural styles, Murshidabad Heritage Development Society is planning to create a kitty to fund the restoration. The project, submitted with the Ministry of tourism three years back, involved an investment of Rs 150 crore.
Sheherwali adda at ITC Sonar on Thursday was an evening to remember
At 9.30pm sharp, the veil of jasmine flowers was lifted and guests were invited to the six-course dinner, a nod to the six-day festival at ITC Sonar that ends today. On the other side of the veil was a long table where Sheherwali staples such as Khatte Ka Pakori and Saloni Mewa Khichdi were laid out.
The brilliant built history of Azimgunj-Jiagunj in Murshidabad is set to stage a grand revival, writes Krishnendu Bandyopadhyay
The rich history and heritage of the twin towns of Azimgunj-Jiagunj, in Murshidabad, the last capital of undivided Bengal, Bihar and Orissa is set to stage a second coming, with Neemrana Hotels — which has revolutionized the country’s heritage tourism — taking up Azimgunj Rajbari on the west bank of Bhagirathi as the coveted place to stay to experience the living history of the place.
King Of Fruits From The Land Of Nawabs
This mango has ripened just half an hour ago and that one needs another two hours to be ready to be eaten.” If you ever hear such words, you know for sure the person speaking has some connection with the Sheherwali community of Murshidabad, that swears by its mangoes!
Mango Haat at ITC Sonar in association with Murshidabad Heritage Development Society and iLead
Mango Haat at ITC Sonar in association with Murshidabad Heritage Development Society and iLead These are facts that are well known to everybody but what nobody knew till date is, The numerous rare, exotic and exquisite varieties of mangoes owned by this land, found no where else but in Murshidabad. The nawab's of Murshidabad were connoisseurs of mangoes and it is said that during the era of Akbar, Murshidabad's orchard had more than 200 varieties of mangoes. Though they are getting extincted day by day still the taste, texture, flavour of Murshidabdi mangoes are unmatched by that from the other parts of India.
Mango Haat@ ITC Sonar and a history lesson on Murshidabad
KFB members were recently found sampling delectable mangoes at the Mango Haat that was organised by ITC Sonar in association with Murshidabad Heritage Development Society (MHDS) and iLead. Numerous varieties of the fruit from Murshidabad were on display, in their original form and also as part of finger food and desserts. Guests sampled a variety of bruschettas, canapes, chutneys, cakes, desserts and even sushi made with mango as the core ingredient. The evening, however, was much more than sampling mangoes.
From the Nawab's orchard
Murshidaba, the erstwhile seat of the Bengal Nawabs, has always inspired in me a sort of reverent fascination, while triggering a kind of melancholy nostalgia. To me, the hoary arches, the magnificent domes, the intricate temple carvings and the majestic palaces of this historic city all seem to narrate an exciting tale of past grandeur, but one that gives way to a heart-wrenching story of stripped glory, hatred, treason and misfortune.
Preview of the Mango Haat- That's Mango-gasm for you!
"Where am I?" - I was certainly lost, sinking deep into the rich history of Bengal..the history that is certainly not restricted to pages of the dreaded textbooks but has found it's true manifestation through the luscious gems that it has left behind. And there you go, a fascinating 'look-back' into an era that not only depicted 'prominence' but gifted us some of the best breed of mangoes and it's associated cuisines? - I would take that any day.
Mango Haat at ITC Sonar,Kolkata
Have you heard of Bimli, which carries a classic legend direct from the enchanting history from the Nawabs’ era. During the rule of Mir Jafar, a maid called Bimli worked hard in the leisure garden of the Nawab. While being pleased with her work the Nawab named a new verity of mango that was being cultivating in his garden “Bimli’. Yes Bimli is the name of one of the sweetest and fleshy Mangoes that Murshidabad takes the pride of cultivating it. Or what about Kohitoor the most legendary Nawabi Mango from Hakim Aga Mohammadi Bagh which would only pluck by hands and would be kept wrapped in cotton wool to keep it fresh. After every 12 hours, the mango has to change its position to ripe uniformly and should be cut with a sharp bamboo wedge but not by a knife.
Murshidabad Heritage Festival to highlight Indian heritage
KOLKATA: The seat of the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj ud Daullah, will resound with the echoes of history again. The first Murshidabad Heritage Festival is unfolding in Murshídabad between December 17 and December 18. The fest will highlight Indian heritage with a special emphasis on the distinctive culture of Murshìdabad.
A cookbook turns the spotlight on the little-known sheherwali cuisine
They came across the dry deserts of Rajasthan to the lush green lands of Bengal and made the small town of Murshidabad their home. This small community of Oswal Jains came to be called the city dwellers or Sheherwalis.
Sheherwali: Regal Veg Cuisine of Murshidabad launched
The book is a tribute by Mr. Chopra to the Sheherwali culture and ethos. Not to mention their delicious cuisine that was at the centre of thoughts and events: steaming hot puris and red kachoris with red chilli pickle and green chutney, vegetables prepared in many ways with subtle variations in tastes and flavours and so on.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to promote heritage of Murshidabad
The Art of Living teacher has been roped in by city-based Murshidabad Heritage Development Society (MHDS) to speak on the importance of preserving and conserving the heritage of Murshidabad which was the capital of the Province of Bengal including Bihar and Orissa in the 18th century.
Taste of Jains from Murshidabad comes to city
Evolved from a confluence of multiple cuisines, it is still the mainstay in the Sheherwali households of Kolkata. But with community now experiencing reverse migration and the young ones moving to other cities, a shadow has been cast over the cuisine's survival.
Tasting Shehrwali Cuisine at ITC Sonar
When a hardcore non-vegetarian girl received an invite from ITC Sonar for a tasting of pure vegetarian Sheherwali cuisine, her first reaction was “Sounds interesting but how do I have a whole meal without fish, meat, potato, garlic and onion??”. It was the first time she heard about the Sheherwalis, the Jain community from the havelis of Murshidabad and she spent some time researching on their history and their food. She got really interested and eagerly looked forward to her meal at the ITC Sonar Eden Pavilion.
In the company of the Sheherwalis
It was not about eating a meal. Or sampling a culinary spread. It was instead a walk down memory lane.
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