A tea expert and entrepreneur, Indra Vadan Singh has a rich experience of 38 years in the tea industry. From the grassroots of Assam tea plantations to the platform of international marketing of gourmet tea products, he churns out exotic products for the discerning tea lovers around the world.
He joined the tea plantation of Jokai India limited in 1983, and attained expertise in tea manufacture till 1986. He then moved to one of the only 100% Clonal plantations, Hatimara, in 1986 and achieved record yields in 1989 and 1990. He was one of the youngest acting managers in 1990 at 33 years of age.
An avid sportsman, he was the captain of the cricket and soccer teams of Dibrugarh Club and Tingrai Club during his tenure in the plantations. He represented the Assam Planters cricket and soccer teams. Back in school, he played cricket, soccer and hockey at St. Joseph’s Academy, Dehra Dun and St. Michael’s School, Patna. He also played cricket for Hans Raj College, Delhi.
Working with trading companies between 1990 and 2008, he learned the intricacies of international marketing with regular participation in trade shows in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan and Denmark.
In 2010, he founded an enterprise to export gourmet teas to retail in the United States and European Union. The business continues to grow, especially in the field of organic and naturally caffeine-free herbal teas.
He has inherited the penchant for devising his own cooking recipes, particularly non-vegetarian, from his grandfather Maharaja Vijaysinhji, the last ruler of Rajpipla State, now part of Gujarat, India.
Younger son of Maharajkumar Indrajitsinhji of Rajpipla, Indra Vadan Singh has followed the footsteps of his father with his flair for painting, especially wildlife. Like his mother Rani Vina Kumari, he is accomplished in playing musical instruments.
His is a rare blend of entrepreneurship with the arts.