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Inspirational Woman: Ananya Banjeree | Artist and author, Planet Gastronomy

Ananya Banerjee
planet gastronomy coverI can call myself a globe-trotter with a deep penchant for food, a food-designer, a cook, an acclaimed painter and a lawyer by educational qualification.

I have exhibited my art-works globally including the very home for artists – Paris – among others. I have 25 solo shows and numerous group shows to my credit.

Recently I have authored a cookbook named “Planet Gastronomy – 100 most Popular Global Recipes”. It is a dream book to enthral the palate of all discerning tongues. The book helps you to cook the most popular cuisines from across the globe – it is a consolidation of the very best global dishes and is perhaps the only one in the world.

What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?

I am an artist and an author. These are diametrically opposite to each other, requiring completely different skill sets and full time attention. To do a good job in either of these, requires planning, time and devotion. This divergence of my professional pursuit has been the greatest challenge.

Being an artist, it has been challenging for me to convince my readers that I am a good author too. And vice versa.
Challenges have been a plenty, and needless to say that in this man’s world, to succeed as a woman is all the more pain-staking, but at the end, rather satisfying.

To do a good job in either of these, requires planning, time and devotion.

What has been your greatest achievement personally?

My greatest achievement has been when my paintings were displayed at the most premier art gallery in India – Jehangir Art Gallery. I also felt proud of myself when I found my books disappearing from the shop shelves rather fast with the readers giving excellent reviews.

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?

I’d open a quaint little café in Paris

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Artists like M.F. Hussain and Reza, to chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsey.

Ananya BanerjeeAbout Ananya Banerjee

Ananya is a truly multi-talented craftsperson – an international cuisine lover, a teacher and a painter. Ananya has exhibited her art-works globally in countries as far-reaching as Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Dubai and India. Her artistic abilities have helped her to create numerous exquisite and mouth-watering dishes. She has practised her brainy stuffs in the corridors of Mumbai High Court, being a legal-professional in the early days of her career.

Ananya is in the author of a book on global cuisine, entitled “Planet Gastronomy – 100 Most Popular Global Dishes”. She has been sharing her knowledge in the world of food through her writings and easy-to-do recipes for popular magazines like Woman’s Era, New Woman and Savvy Cook-Book. She is a regular menu-planner and food consultant for several high profile clients. Her culinary skills have received just acclaim on television, by participating in the popular fusion cooking show ‘Foodie’.

As an artist Ananya usually works on canvas, using various mediums including oil, and metal, wood, silver and gold gilding. Most of her paintings contain either human faces or the eternal sign of peace – The Buddha. These are used as the back-drop to the paintings of nature, which includes leaves, foliage, flowers or plants.

Closely observing nature, the intricacies of a flourishing flower bud or the purity of a sapling, elevates Ananya’s moods to soaring heights. Searching for beauty in mundane objects is one of Ananya’s obsessions. Peeling old walls with its cracks and ruins, an old piece of wood, stone surfaces covered with algae, falling leaves or a leafy branch of a tree, triggers off the creator in her.

She considers mankind to be nature’s finest masterpiece. Despite the natural world being her inspiration, her unconditional love for the human form does not cease to end, thus emerging to create the backdrop of her paintings, or appear in the forefront intertwined with elements of nature birth of the beginning from the end of the very old.

Website: www.ananyabanerjee.com and www.ananyabanerjee.net
Twitter: @artyananya
Pinterest: ananyaban

This article was provided by WeAreTheCity Delhi Committee Member, Ashish Bhardwaj.

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