The festival of light brings people together in celebration, regardless of wealth or status, of race, background or beliefs with its symbolism of new joy, new beginnings and hope.
On Thursday October 20th, come and enjoy a fantastic celebration at Studio Spaces curated by artistic director, Sweety Kapoor. Expect live music, DJ sets, and specially commissioned dance performances from a truly-awesome line-up of South Asian talent alongside delicious vegetarian fare. Kindly note:– This is an over 18s event.
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Bold and bright café specials
Enjoy a first-class duo of seasonal specials in our cafés this year. Chef’s special dish, Dahi Batata Puri is as well-loved in Bombay as Diwali itself. Tangy and moreish puris filled with batata (potatoes), dahi (fresh yoghurt), liberal mint chutney and tamarind drizzle are rubied with pomegranates – it is a constant pleasure. And to drink, Thandai (cooling), a refreshing tall drink of almonds, fennel, black pepper, cardamom and milk. Blended with ice and strewn with rose petals.
Both are available from 17th - 30th October at all cafés, giving ample time to devour on many occasions!
The origins of chintz can be firmly – and humbly – traced back to 16th century India. The word ‘chintz’ is derived from the Hindi word ‘chint’, meaning spotted or splattered. These intricate designs and endless patterns were traditionally hand-printed using wooden blocks - kalamkari - and brilliantly coloured natural dyes.
We often find it too easy to hurtle through the days, in an attempt to outpace the bustling city – be it London or Bombay – which always seems to be running away like a steam-engine train on a rickety track. Occasionally, it does us good to pause for thought, to disembark the carriage and sit on the platform awhile.
How does one create a space where people can truly connect over food? How can a host make their guests feel relaxed, at ease, and suitably cared for? Since launching our all-new Dishoom Crockery, we have been pondering the answers to these questions even more than usual. We recently discussed them with Creative Director - and frequent dinner party hostess - Kirthanaa Naidu when we invited her to create a first-class tablescape in our Canary Wharf café.
Each year, the spring equinox – when day and night are equal length – marks a transition in earth’s relationship with the sun. This event, sacred to many cultures throughout history, today thrives as a new year celebration for hundreds of millions.
In Bombay, London, and throughout the South Asian diaspora, you’ll find many folks of the Zoroastrian faith (amongst others) celebrating this new year, or Navroz as we like to call it.