Kolkata has a long history of a strong and diverse street food culture. However, despite the socio-economic importance of street food as a means of livelihood as well as an accessible and affordable source of nutrition, the business is constantly threatened by issues of hygiene, harassment from local authorities and failure to comply with regulations such as those set forth in the National Act for Urban Street Vendors, 2014.
A recent article in The Chronicle Review addresses the age-old question: Are the humanities in decline? Using data from the National Center for Education and other US-based surveys, the author points out that, despite the popular sentiment that the humanities are perpetually in crisis, there may be real cause for concern today.
Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo is an independent documentary film, funded by Women Make Films, a non-profit media organization. It was filmed in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Mexico, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the USA.
In early 2017, the Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK) at Ambedkar University, as a part of the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA) roundtable in Delhi, produced this process film, discussing the methodology and experience of putting together a pop-up neighbourhood museum at Mehrauli.