July 19, 2024

Indian coffeehouse displays culture in showcase

On Monday, Feb. 2 the International House hosted an Indian Coffeehouse, the first installment of a three day Indian World Showcase. Speakers presented on different aspects of Indian Culture including ancient Hindu scripture, henna tattoos and masala chai tea.

Priyanki Sinha speaks to the students on the history of the ancient Hindu religious text Mahabharata.

On Monday, Feb. 2 the International House hosted an Indian Coffeehouse, the first installment of a three day Indian World Showcase. Speakers presented on different aspects of Indian Culture including ancient Hindu scripture, henna tattoos and masala chai tea.

Manthan, the Indian students’ organization, planned the showcase to display their culture to UT students authentically and accurately. Lauren Longino, the coordinator of Manthan believes storytelling is important in Indian culture.

“Storytelling is a big apart of any culture,” said Longino. “It tells a lot of the history about that culture and how they pass on traditions.”

Presentations from speakers highlighted historical aspects of Indian culture, including the importance of religious text and how stories of the past affect the future.

Ph.D. student Priyanki Sinha introduced several stories from Hindu scripture, Mahabharata.

When talking on the importance of philosophies found in the text, Sinha said, “It would be great if people got to know how we shape our view of life. It involves interesting incidents that happened long back and it’s a good way to reflect on the past to live a beautiful future.”

The Indian Coffeehouse celebrated different aspects of Indian history and culture through stories of ancient leaders, demonstration of henna tattooing and a taste of masala chai tea.

Longino wanted everyone to feel welcome at the event.

“I would like the students to know that with Manthan or any international student organization Americans are always welcome,” said Longino. “I just want all students to feel welcome here.”

You can find out more about International House events by visiting their website.

Edited by Jessica Carr