Craft Corner

Into its fourth year,the Rajasthani Art & Craft Festival organised by the city’s Rajasthan Parishad,is bigger and better.

Written by Jagmeeta Thind Joy | Published: February 19, 2010 10:48:43 pm

The annual Rajasthani Art & Craft Festival offers something for everyone

Into its fourth year,the Rajasthani Art & Craft Festival organised by the city’s Rajasthan Parishad,is bigger and better. The festival,which is being hosted at the sprawling Kalagram grounds this year,packs in as many as 140 stalls,each with a sumptuous array of crafts. While clay pottery artefacts grab attention at the gate,move in,and you’ll spot many regulars with block-printed fabrics in its different avatars. Coming in from Jaipur are pretty lacquer bangles in vibrant shades,priced between Rs 30 and Rs 700.

Jewellery seems to be a high point of the festival this year,with everything from kundan-meena work to silver jewellery on offer.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to home furnishings and apparels. If you are particularly fond of block-printed suits and fabrics,then browse right till the end of the venue where you can choose from a variety at hand. “The festival has received overwhelming response over the years and this time around we decided to organise the festival at a larger scale,” says Rajnish Jain,the festival’s chairman,as he watches a Kalbeliya performance. This year,the festival has joined hands with the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) and the evenings will see special performances of Rajasthani dances.

The inaugural day also saw the chief guest,Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia,formally launch the Rajasthan Parishad website. With the Rajasthan government as co-organisers,the exhibition brings in a taste of the state with its food counter. “The menu will be changed very day offering special Rajasthani fare,” informed Jain. So if you haven’t yet tasted ‘mirchi ka pakora’ or ‘dal bati churma’ or the ghee-dripping ‘dal halwa’,then now’s your chance.

The festival is on at Kalagram till February 26.

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