• People in the tricity and around eagerly await this time of the year, when the winter starts setting in, to feast their eyes on and buy handicrafts from around the country in an amazing festive ambience at the National Crafts Mela. Organised jointly by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) and the Chandigarh Administration, this year, the 10th edition of the 10-day mela got off to a sedate start at Kalagram on Friday. Even with a few craftsmen having managed to unpack and display their wares on a leisurely opening day, people began trickling in from noon onwards expecting to secure good deals, and the artisans in their ‘bonii’ mood readily obliged. By evening, till when the formal inauguration, which was initially scheduled for 11 a.m., was postponed, most stalls had come into business, and the trickle of visitors had turned into a crowd. Amid cultural troupes from different states performing at different locations, shopping was great fun. Visitors exiting through the gates were seen in an exalted mood carrying bundles of their prize possessions.

With the organisers taking extra care to ensure comfort and entertainment of visitors this year with regular water sprinkling of the ground to prevent kicking up of dust, swanky new mobile toilets complete with wash basins, a food court serving speciality cuisines from other states, apart from North Indian food, the day long cultural performances and top artists and bands lined up for regaling the audiences at the cultural evenings, the atmosphere is bound to be more than just enjoyable.

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The variety of handicrafts on display, especially from the six member states of the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), the theme of this year’s fair, spread over 170 odd stalls was so vast that many of the visitors, especially ladies, were heard expressing their desire to return another day to fully soak in the fun of shopping. The six theme states are Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Chhattisgarh.

From textiles to home decor items in various mediums, ranging from ceramic to bamboo, to metals to wood and many more, the choice is endless. To take a break from shopping one can take a bite at the food courts and enjoy a camel ride or one of the various performances happening on the trot at multiple locations.

So, don’t miss out on the fun! Take time out to soak in the festivity! And, shop till you drop!    

On at Kalagram from Nov 9 to 18.    

 

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For convenience of visitors, all stalls should carry branding of the respective states to which the craftsmen belong

There should be adequate pointers at the venue to various facilities, including public conveniences