New Delhi, Jan 27, 2016: Mangaluru is historically the hub of Coffee growers and coffee trade. The flavour of Western ghats coffee spread wide at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi as Karnataka’s tableau rolled down Raj path. The tableau `Kodagu, The Land of Coffee’ was one of the star attractions at the parade.
The tableau not only attracted all eys, but it also filled the chilly Delhi air with the delightful aroma of freshly brewing coffee. This was done using a gas container to blow coffee essence into the air.
The tableau was a thematic presentation of litterateur H L Nage Gowda’s Kannada literary work `Bettadinda Battalige’, which means “from the hills to your cup“.
As the scene got to the VIP enclosure at the parade, Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda stood up to cheer, prompting wife Datty to join in. He was followed by minister H N Ananth Kumar and wife Tejaswini, who clapped loudly as it passed by. Eight women and two men from Kodagu danced, while a couple dressed in traditional Kodava attire walked along. Coffee plants, the harvest, grinding and mixing coffee at different levels of production, were on display to the admiration of the huge crowd and the dignitaries.