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WoodsTalk: Live presents Indian Cooking with Aeilushi

Savor the exotic and delicious tastes of India

Watch as traditional dancer and musical artist Aeilushi Mistry demonstrates a tradtional Indian recipe and shares her family recipes (and secrets). If you think vegetarian cooking is boring... have we got a surprise for you!

Rigan Bataka nu Saak (vegetables dish made eggplant, potato, tomato with spices)
Khichadi  (rice with lentils, salt, clove, cinnamon, bay leaf, ghee, etc)
Kadhi (yogurt based kadhi using herbs and spices)
Papad (white lentils papad)
Kachumbar (cucumber tomatoes salad) 
Sheero (sweet made from semolina, milk, ghee, raisins, cashew)

  • Doors: 5:30PM
  • Demonstration Begins: 6:00PM
  • Family Style Dinner: 7:00PM
  • Cost: $35 (limited to 25 participants)

Aeilushi Mistry, a visiting artist with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts supported by a NYSCA Folklore Grant to perform at the Harvest Festival, will demonstrate how to prepare a traditional Indian meal at this intimate event limited to 25 lucky participants.

Dress casually but no need to wear your apron-- Aeilushi will be cooking tonight. A small cash bar with beer and wine will be available at 5:30PM for pre-event mingling. Aeilushi will begin her demonstration at 6:00PM and we will eat family style at 7:00PM while we enjoy stories, recipes, music and traditional dance from Gujarat, India.

Aeilushi Mistry:

2015 NYFA Fellow Folk/Traditional Arts Brooklyn based Aeilushi Mistry was born and raised in India. She holds a BA in the Kalakshetra style of Bharatnatyam Dance from Gandharva University in Gujarat, India. To enhance her performance, she studied with numerous renowned Bharatnatyam dance gurus. She completed her advanced degree in Bharatnatyam from the Kerala Kalamandalam, School of Performing Arts in India. She studied Arts Administration at New York University. DEL course - Foundation for Dance Education at the 92nd St. Y in NYC. In addition, to better understand and learn how different dance styles use unique movements and use of space, she studied other styles of dance such as Kathak, Kuchipudi, modern dance, and West African dance.

For the past 22 years, she has been teaching dance to children and adults. Before coming to the US, she started a dance company in India, where Aeilushi worked with hearing impaired children for 6 years. This experience gave her students confidence and the motivation to pursue dance. She has won numerous awards for her choreography and teaching abilities.

Aeilushi is affiliated with BAC's Arts in Education (AIE) program and BAC's Folk Arts program. Through these programs, she has conducted numerous story telling through dance workshops, residencies, performances and panel discussions. Recently, through BAC AIE, Aeilushi taught in public schools World Cultures curriculum through hands-on arts workshops. Participating students travelled to India without ever having to leave their schools. They learned traditional dances and stories and created traditional dance.

WoodsTalk: Live invites dynamic and engaging speakers or panelists to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to take us on explorations of the power and possibilities of the arts and humanities, inspiring us to think critically and provoking us to become engaged members of our communities.  These are live conversations where music, the ‘60s, and the value of arts and humanities awaken the lessons of the past and relate them to the issues of today.


  • Aug 26 , 2016
  • The Conservatory at Bethel Woods
  • 5:30PM Doors
    6:00PM Demonstration Starts
  • $35 per person
  • Limited to 25 tickets

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