Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My Chai Tamaasha

Haven't you all been waiting to hear from me?
I know ...I know
Waiting to hear about my story
about my art installation that I have been telling you about in the last few posts.
Ok so make yourself a nice cup of hot tea 
and while you savour each sip 
I tell you all about 
My Chai tamaasha
now if you have been a regular visitor here
you must have read all about my love for tea/ chai
and how I was inspired 
and how this delicate flimsy tiny teabag became my canvas.

So the Kala Ghoda Art Festival began In Mumbai on
the 6th of February and ended just yesterday i.e. 14th of February.
I will be sharing the magic of all these nine days in this post and some more posts to come
because there are many many moments to relive with you.

So that was my concept board!
I began with making a frame for my Chai glass!!
and this is how it turned up!
I always collect teabags for making art but this time the number required was huge.
I asked my friends to contribute and also requested some Cafes in the locality to 
give me the used teabags every evening.
Blessed I am...everyone helped!!

India’s obsession for Chai
 is rooted in the timeless tradition 
of stopping for a moment to connect with one another.
 It will not be wrong
 to say that 
the magical aroma of Chai 
 India’s signature fragrance.

Art is universal 
and has the power to overcome the boundaries 
and reach out to hearts in a jiffy 
and so is the case with a hot cup of tea!

 When we sip a sweet 
warm cup of chai 
we relax and let our guard down, 
the inhibitions are thrown away 
and a space is created for a conversation! 
For some people a cup of tea/ a glass of Chai
 is a moment of reflection 
where every sip whispers a thought! 
For others who are away and out,
 it serves as a warm hug from home.

 Bonds are strengthened over a cup of tea for sure!

 Both art and chai,
 in their old and new avatars, 
crossing boundaries
 and blending with unknown flavors…
 reach and satiate those who are AR-TEA-STIC.

The recycled teabags

 used in the installation

 symbolize a thousand and a half cups of tea

 which played their part in bringing hearts closer "without borders". 

Each little teabag here has a story in its heart…
happy moments, 
laughters, new beginnings, 
and some sad tales too…
each of them has the mighty power
 to tug at your heart strings!

And the cutting chai glass especially for my new love …“Mumbai”.

It is a treat of taste, 
aroma and memory 
which visually comes alive in this installation.

The process of making 
this installation from teabags
has just been like meditation. 
While working with these teabags,
 as always, 
I had to slow down and acknowledge 
the little yet precious moments in my life.
 I used this zen like teabag language
 to satiate the artist within 
and celebrate 
interconnectedness without borders.

Stay tuned 
because there is a lot more coming up
 about the festival 
and I will be showing you 
some more super creative installations in my next post!!


  1. Fantastic project, love all the ideas and thought you have put into it. Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

  2. Great project indeed. Thanks for wonderful photos.
    Happy PPF xx

  3. This installation is amazing - how much work and patience must have gone in to putting all those tea bags perfectly together like that on the frame - no wonder it was like meditation!

  4. wow just beautiful ! love it ♥ .Happy PPF X

  5. what a sensational piece of art-wow!! Your descriptive words about the tea, the people and art are so poetic. Looking forward to reading and seeing more!

  6. Unbelievable. Just stupendous. You are so talented.

  7. Such an impressive post!! I love chai too.... there is something so soothing and calming about it!! I have it nightly!!

    Hugs Giggles

  8. Wow! How amazingly beautiful in both the artwork(really a lot of work) and the spirit behind it!

  9. Oh the many cups of wonderful tea you had to drink to make your art.. Just love it.
    Happy PPF
    Vicki-Ann :)

  10. Fascinating and beautiful. Great Post. Happy PPF on Sat

  11. Love love! The music, the tea--I ever want to leave. WOnderful project and looking forward to more. xo