Attar from Uttar: The Fragrances of Kannauj
Kannauj, a small city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is the only place in the world where ‘attar’ is produced, using the traditional ‘deg-bhapka’ technology that evolved during the Mughal period. This report is focused on studying the process by which this perfume is created, as well as the economic and socio-cultural aspects that have developed due to the consequent industry that came to be. Specifically This report aims to clarify that the ‘assumed meaning’ of attar – that being ‘a perfume for the elite’ – is very different from what ‘attar’ has metamorphosed to become, today.
Faculty MentorProf. Sach Wry
Group MembersBageshri Savyasachi, Bhairavi Kulkarni, Burhan Diwan, Chinmay Patwardhan, Deepali Shinde, Harleen Singh, Mallika Jaiman, Nikhil Dantuluri, Shravani Purandare, Shristi Sharma, Burhanuddin Chappkhanawala