Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Travel & Adventure

PanAsia: Journeys in Asian Cuisine

Host Sian Richards takes viewers on an unforgettable journey across Asia, discovering the histories, cultures and exotic cuisines of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Released in association with CCI, Releasing, Inc. Programs available on 26 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Click for more

India: Kochi (Cochin) and Kumarakum - The Backwaters of Kerala

India: Kochi (Cochin) & Kumarakum - The Backwaters of Kerala

The tropical state of Kerala, on the coast of the Arabian Sea on the tip of southwest India, is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, and is famous for its floating culture. Kochi, the state's commercial and industrial capital, is a harbor city of peninsulas and islands; it too is the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Host Sian Richards boards a converted houseboat, called a Kettevallum, which is the best way to pilot through Kochi's network of lagoons, canals, lakes, estuaries and deltas, and tries her hand at fishing with Chinese fishing nets. Chef Sunil prepares the evening meal, a delicate Meen Pollichattu, pearl spot fish in banana leaves. And since Kerala is known as the "land of coconuts," Sian and her guide, Shankar, visit a coconut plantation to learn what goes into making a "Toddy," a regional drink. Next they visit Kumarrakum, a unique ecosystem here, when 3/4 of the area is underwater for several months of the year. Here she observes Kathakali dancing, a unique and startling form of dance drama that features painted faces, splendid costumes, traditional drumming and singing; has a healing Ayurvedic massage and learns about Kalaripayattu, the oldest form of martial arts. 07/09DE JSCA 30 min.
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