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Hub of theatre resembles a wannabe Dilli Haat, with only a few stalls offering products related to theatre.

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At the Bharat Rang Mahotsav. (Source: Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Theatre Bazaar is the latest addition to the list of attractions at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav. Here, food and shopping were supposed to meet in a dramatic environment. While the food remains a draw, the new stalls selling artificial jewellery, paintings, saris, bedsheets and books by Dan Brown and Mario Puzo suggest a plot gone haywire. The hub of theatre resembles a wannabe Dilli Haat, with only a few stalls offering products related to theatre. Here’s a selection:

DC Costume Designers and Makers
They offer costumes “from Kashmir to Kanyakumari”, from the Mughals to the Third Reich, from Hindu deities to Indian policemen. These are made of cotton, silk and khadi among others and embellished with beads, sequins and fake military medals. A Mughal robe with jooti and pagdi costs between Rs 10,000 and 25,000 while a cop’s uniform comes between Rs 450 and 2,500.

Jaimurti Beauty Parlour
Straight hair, curly mop, a bouffant or a fringe, this is where an actor can get his mane fixed. The stall displays thin moustaches, old man’s wigs and an array of eyelashes. While the eyelashes are crafted on order, the other items cost between Rs 3,000 and Rs 15,000.

Pankaj Store
Every character has a different face and an actor must rely on more than his skills to convince the audience that he is somebody else. At Pankaj Store, a cake of pancake comes for Rs 100, a tube of colour is for Rs 50 and available in eight shades. Brown and white cords of fake hair that can be converted into beards or wigs are priced at Rs 40 a metre.

East Zonal Cultural Centre
Some masks have devilish grins and others stare quizzically. Masks of Seraikela chhau are for Rs 400 each and buyers can see a master artisan at work, creating a face with clay. The stall also sells an assortment of crowns for Rs 600 each.