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The eleventh Chandigarh National Crafts Mela kick started at Kalagram, Manimajra

The eleventh Chandigarh National Crafts Mela kick started at Kalagram, Manimajra

 

Chandigarh, 15th November 3019: Comprehending to the theme 'West to East', artisans from Gujarat to Nagaland and also from Kashmir to Telangana and Tamil Nadu, has put up 200 stalls, selling handicrafts, handlooms, fabrics, home decor items and much more.

The Mela was inaugurated by Shri Ajoy Kumar Sinha, Finance Secretary, Chandigarh Administration. The event is a joint venture of North Zone Cultural Center, Ministry of Culture,Government of India.

Folk dancers from Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, made presentations on the opening day welcoming the chief guest. A tribute to Guru Nanak Dev was also paid during the inaugural ceremony to mark his 550th anniversary.

Craftsmen offering ethnic goods including paintings jewellery, shawls, bedsheets, toys etc are looking up for good business this year.

 

Today's highlight

The stall No 221 selling Benarasi silk sarees, dupattas and cotton silk dress material has eye catching stuff to offer. The sarees range from 4,000 to 12,000 and dupattas between 500 to 1200.

"We have been doing this work for generations", says Riyazuddin Ansari, from Benaras, who comes to the fair every year. He has received the National Award in 2014 and was felicitated by former first citizen Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

"The material is woven on handlooms where as the designs are done by a specific family member or an expert from outside", he informed. On an average it takes seven days to four months to weave a silk saree. The colorful dupattas and sarees are too tempting to resist.

The crockery sellers from Khurja, Uttar Pradesh and potters from Pokhran, Rajasthan have a great variety of products made out of clay and terracotta. Not to miss the hand and machine woven carpets from Badhoi, Uttar Pradesh.

 

The Food Court

The Food Court has stalls from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The stalls for Chinese food are a latest edition. CITCO like every year has mouth watering North Indian cuisines to serve. Apart from traditional food the court also offers ice creams, pop corn, juices and tandoori chai.

 

Amusement venue

The venue has different rides and swings for the visitors especially children. One can enjoy camel rides and live performances by folk artists like Been Jogis from Haryana and Baaazigars from Punjab and kachchi  ghodis from Rajasthan.

 

Rythmic Past by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi

Artist Vinay Sharma from Jaipur is displaying his work focusing on laya ie rhythm. Crafts made out of bukram and iron are displayed at the gallery. Sculptures made out of papers are more than a two hundred years old. Sharma also has transistors manufactured between 1942 and 1975. He calls himself Paperman and says that Paperman is an idea that reminds to value the past and not a physical manifestation.

The interiors of the Mela venue are designed differently this year with gates on the theme of forts and palaces. The statue installations made out of plaster of Paris at the performance venue have created a traditional yet majestic ambience.

Director NZCC Saubhagya Vardhan was also present on the occasion among others.

Jasbir Jassi, famous Punjabi Singer will be opening the musical night today.