The South-East Asian miracle is coming back to Hyderabad, and the hosts are the
same as last time. "To celebrate the rich, exotic and varied culture of Indonesia"
(a little flowery, like you can doubtless smell, but heck, what's a star hotel
without some good air), the ITC Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel and Towers, in association
with the consulate of the Republic of Indonesia, is bringing to the city the Indonesian
Food and Cultural Festival between the 8th and the 13th of March.
Chef Sumarno and Chef Surahmat Effendi will present Indonesian cuisine for the week, and they have been flown in from Sheraton Media Hotels and Towers, Jakarta, Indonesia. The festival also features a Balinese dance troupe - one male and three females - that'll show case the vibrant Balinese dances.
Popularly known as the "Spice Islands, "the Indonesia" archipelago consists of more than 17,000 islands that stretch over 3,000 miles along each side of the equator. Indonesia is a land of ancient and rich culture that is intertwined with religion and age-old traditions.
Art forms in Indonesia are based on folklore, and are part of religious ceremonies. The famous dance dramas of Java and Bali are derived from well-known Indian mythological stories taken from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The art of puppetry reached its pinnacle in Indonesia with the Wayang Kulit, while the gamelan on Indonesian orchestra has its own special charm.
From the graceful court and temple dances to the charming folklore dances and boisterous fold theater, the performing arts of Indonesia continue to enchant, with their fabulous costumes and enchanting movements.
Equally interesting is the food heritage of the country, where hot spices are combined with velvety smooth coconut chili bases to provide dishes such as "Soto Ayam" (chicken soup in turmeric chicken stock, with glass noodles) or Gulari, Pepess Ayam (steamed spring chicken) and interesting vegetarian dishes like Pepes Tahu (steamed and seasoned Tofu in banana leaves).
Please contact Suresh, F & B department 331-0132 / 339-9042 for further details.