Fusion of Tea & Culture at Caravan Teapot Festival
Caravan magazine chose to bring Delhites outdoor to soak in the luxurious sun on a wintry Sunday afternoon over the Caravan Teapot Festival at Select City Walk, Saket. The event saw Delhi Press, Sarvam Foundation, Dilmah T lounge, Walkers and Delhi Tourism as other partners who collaborated. The urge was to sip tea under the glorious sun and keep the tea drinking nation root for its passion.
The act of sipping tea naturally has a contemplative quality to it that is probably the reason we often say there is nothing like a good cup of tea. In ancient times tea was unknown outside China. A wise man said: 'Pour upon it boiling water, ye ignorant ones!' But known to be a drink of peasants it was generally looked down. Then came a man of knowledge, who said to the merchants of tea, and the drinkers of tea, and to others: 'He who tastes, knows. He who tastes not, knows not. Those who like it will ask for more. Those who do not, will show that they are not fitted to be tea-drinkers. Close the shop of argument and mystery. Open the teahouse of experience.' Thus tea was gradually acknowledged as a celestial beverage.Amidst these thoughts the program aptly started with tea toasting. The space up ahead was ready for the brightly attired dancers of Sarvam Foundation. It was a wonderful medley by Bharatnatyam and Kathak dancers. A little insight into Sarvam Foundation brought the beautiful philosophy underlying it. Neha Bhatnagar the force behind Sarvam is an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer, an empaneled artist with Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She trains underprivileged girls in Bharatnatyam who then have the privilege of performing on international stage too. This is a great initiative towards instilling confidence and self-reliance among young girls. The performance was hugely applauded by the audience.The stage was taken over by an eight year old Ranbir Kapoor look alike to host the music performance. The drummer, guitarists and singers took to the stage easily and had the audience grooving to their numbers. The sun was doing its bit and the crowd was seen doing away with the layers of woollens.The tea stalls offered wide and varied choices. It was quite enlightening that tea comes in so many flavors- Peach, lemon, honey , tulsi , chamomile… the list is just endless. The milky, sugary, masala laced chai we often patronize is a distorted version as per the tea connoisseurs. Got to meet Mrs. Ashmeen , the owner of Dilmah T lounge at Khan Market. She spoke about the finest tea served at the tea lounge which they source from Sri Lanka. She eloquently spoke about the fine tea drinking picking up within the Delhi circuit. The crowd was thronging the various stalls for their pick and children were seen making the most of the afternoon driving parents crazy to pick the beautiful mugs on display or ordering iced tea served in fancy glasses.There were many interesting and entertaining events lined up for the day long festival - debate, comedy act by Sumit Anand, music performance by Leaftone, Tea workshop by Raghav Verma, Slam poetry by Poetry Couture.
A wonderful festival to keep the chai, chakallas going strong.