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Cyrus Todiwala

Cyrus Todiwala


Over the last two days we’ve been documenting the Desi pubs project.  Its run by Creative Black Country, CBC.  The project Involves 5 artists and 6 pubs around the Black Country.  Each artist is working with the staff and landlords of those pubs and creating a piece of art. The artworks will be displayed in the artists’ pub. The artists are working towards a May deadline. Their work displayed at the Southbank centre in London.

Each artist is creating a piece of art in his or her own discipline. The common theme running through all these pubs is food, traditional Indian pub food.

Creative Black Country has managed to bring in world-renowned chef, restaurateur and food activist, amongst other things, Cyrus Todiwala.

Cyrus has spent two days here with us the Black Country. He’s been going to the pubs involved and talking to artists, landlords, staff and chefs.

It’s turned in to quite a big deal. On Tuesday 19 April, the BBC decided to come over and film the work that CBC have been doing here in the Black Country.

The BBC aired the news live on its Midland’s today programme.  It aired at 6.30 pm when we were all at the Red Lion pub in Sandwell.  The pub was full of the locals and us guys too.  The airing received a fantastic reception.

Over the last two days, I’ve been working with CBC to document the events and interviews at these pubs.  Its been an eventful couple of days. Working with Cyrus has been fantastic. He’s been telling us lots of stories and digging deep in to the Black Country’s Desi pubs scene and getting to know more about it.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked closely with him, pick his brains and also shoot some portraits of him, in the pubs.

So here are a few images from the two days.


Martin Cox from Creative Black Country briefing Cyrus, Bera and his brother, of the Red Cow in Smethwick about the filmed interview.



Cyrus, speaking with artist Cameron Galt and Red Cow pub landlord Bera.



Martin being interviewed for the BBC Midlands today news slot about Desi pubs in the Black Country.



Parminder Dosanjh from Creative Black Country, Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala  listening to Caroline explaining the mosaic that she’s making for the Prince of Wales Pub.



Caroline Jariwala and Jinder of the Prince of Wales in West Bromwich being filmed in interview with Cyrus.



Ruchi Tandon from the BBC, interviewing Cyrus, talking about his life and how he got to where he is, this should be aired in May on BBC radio.



Cyrus, watching the chefs at the Red Lion pub in Sandwell, cooking.  It also forms part of the BBC’s news slot.



Cyrus speaking with glass artist Steven Cartwright and his work with the Red Lion Pub.



Cyrus, speaking to Jagdish Patel, Anand Chhabra and Sarvjit Sra about their photography at the Red Lion pub in Sandwell.
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