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Students of pottery genius pay tributes with a cup of tea

Nishtha, Hindustan Times  NEW DELHI, October 18, 2013
First Published: 01:26 IST(18/10/2013) | Last Updated: 12:49 IST(18/10/2013)

Students of late Devi Prasad, a pioneer in studio pottery remembered him on his 92nd birthday through a special exhibition. Tea with Devi Da, an exhibition which concluded on Saturday focused on the items used during tea time - kettles, tea cups, sugar pots, saucers, milk pots and cake plates.
 
Students paid a tribute to their guru’s fondness for tea. Rachna Parasher, who was associated with Devi Prasad for more than 30 years, said that one could learn plenty over a cup of tea with Devi Prasad. “He made excellent tea and always insisted on preparing it himself. He would serve tea in beautiful ceramic tea pots and cups he would make himself,” said Parasher.
 
Soni Dave, who was Prasad’s student 14 years ago, said the exhibition sums up the kind of relationship he had with his students. “He would make the most perfect cup of tea. He would share his life experiences with us which has truly enriched our lives,” she said.
 
Shehla Hashmi Grewal first met Devi Prasad in 1995, and trained with him for about four years before becoming a teacher herself. “We would talk about pottery, art, education, children, life… and everything. He would then explain the technicality of the pottery we made. We have learnt so much over a cup of tea,” she said.
 
The students hope to exhibit the art inspired by the late artist on a regular basis. “We are figuring out details for our next exhibition. We have learnt so much from Devida and we want to share that with the world,” said Grewal.

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