CHANDIGARH, Nov 5 (Pooja Goyal) –

The 4th day today of the ongoing Chandigarh National Crafts Mela, a joint venture of North Zone Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture (NZCC), Government of India, Patiala, and Chandigarh Administration, witnessed a huge footfalls of Mela lovers who thronged the venue in their thousands. This is the 9th edition of the annual feature being held by the NZCC since 2009.

Among the distinguished guests of the evening were His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory, Shri VP Singh Badnore and his wife Mrs Alka Singh, who made the evening special by their benign presence. They took a round of the Mela venue and appreciated the acclaimed artists/ artisans, including Shilpa Gurus, National Awardees, Sant Kabir Awardees etc, who have been invited to showcase their traditional art and craft.  

‘Dadra and Nagar Haveli’, being the theme of this year’s cultural extravaganza, star artistes and craftsmen have been specially invited to add cultural flavor of the. Special stalls have been earmarked for them to display their handicraft and handloom items and cuisines of the region. The hosts have gone a step further this season around to push the event to the International by way inviting artists and artisans from the SAARC countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and other countries of the world. The initiative is being seen as a welcome step to forge a bond of mutual harmony and trade ties between them and India.   

A tastefully bedecked main gate bearing Warli paintings, special from the state of Maharashtra in sync with the theme this season, offered a warm welcome to the visiting guests. A huge rush was witnessed almost all stalls, including those selling designer’s crockery, ethnic handloom and handicrafts items, wooden toys and other attractive items, artificial flowers, Benarsi sarees and woolen items. Foodies enjoyed a rich fare of typical Indian cuisines under one roof. Tiny tots too enjoyed their swings and camel rides. They were seen taking selfies with ‘Bahurupiyas’ and other ground artists.

A bonanza of fascinating folk dances and musical performances of various parts of the country kept the audience enthralled for hours during the day performances on the stage The dances performed by artistes from various states included ‘Lavani’ of Maharashtra, ‘Kalbeliya’ of Rajasthan, ‘Kadgam’ of Karnataka, ‘Dandia’ of Gujarat and et al Punjab’s ‘Gatka’ artistes gave a scintillating performance, which was highly appreciated by the audience.

 In the evening ‘Qawwali Nite’ segment, renowned Qawwali singers Nizami brothers, who performed to an appreciative audience of thousands of Qawwali lovers from across the tricity and elsewhere. They entertained the audience with their powerful rendition in a typical tradition for two hours.

*The Mela will continue till November 12, 2017  

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