19 Jan '11, 12am

The Guru Of Chai's Jacob Rajan extends his invitation to tea

THE Guru Of Chai, a flavourful play presented by the Singapore Repertory Theatre in collaboration with New Zealand's Indian Ink theatre company, promises to be a multisensory experience. Not only will the rich backdrop transport you to exotic India, your sense of smell will be engaged, too - something quite rare as far as theatre experiences go. The Guru of the title is a poor Indian chaiwallah, or tea seller, who brews a pot of chai onstage, with each addition of spices representing a different element of the story he tells. "The Guru Of Chai is based on an Indian folktale called Punchkin, which we dug out from a dusty corner of the library," said co-creator, writer and title actor Jacob Rajan, with a chuckle. "It really intrigued us. As a children's story, it had a sort of very dark kind of morality - something I really wouldn't tell my children. "We deconstructed the wh...

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