Folk traditions,arts and crafts of the Southern States of India marked Day 1 of the 3rd Chandigarh National Crafts Mela. Here,while the entire crafts mela village wore a ethnic look with its ultimate décor most suited to the South Indian culture,around 23 states of India have joined hands to put up a great show of handloom and handicraft,along with Sri Lanka,Nepal and Bhutan.
Organised by the Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with North Zone Cultural Centre,it was inaugurated today by Pawan Kumar Bansal,Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs & Water Resources,Government of India in the presence of Home Secretary Satya Gopal,Finance Secretary V K Singh,MD CITCO D K Tiwar, Director NZCC D S Saroya,the Commissioner Municipal Corporation Prerna Puri and Director Cultural Affairs Tanvi Garg.
The minister was welcomed by folk performers of various states in a traditional manner at the entrance gate,that was decorated like a temple. The beats and echoes of the drums filled the area with their music and dance sequences.
At the main stage in the Crafts Village,the evening unfolded with a colourful performance titled Colours & Sounds of South India in which more than 125 folk artisans gave a spectacular performance,choreographed by Pahari Matre. Dances like Kathakali,Kargam,Sinkari Melam and Mathuri among others were performed here.
This year the theme of the festival is South India. Around 149 craftspersons from India and artisans from other countries are participating in the event,whereas 400 folk artists and dancers from across the country have been specially called along with dance troupes from Kerala,Tamil Naidu,Andhra Pradesh,Karnataka and Lakshwadeep. The main attraction of the Craft Mela is the participation of Shilp Gurus,Sant Kabir awardees,national awardees,National Merit Certificate holders and also state awardees who have put their craftsmanship at highest level on display for the public and the residents of the Tricity.
The Craft Mela is on at Kalagram from 10 am to 10pm till October 17.