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Crafts, cultural shows and cuisines too

February 07
22:26 2012

The 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela created a rich mosaic of cultures which were seeped in the traditions and customs of various countries. It had set a spectacular stage for artists and craftspersons from all over the world to showcase their rich heritage. More than 100 artists, craftspersons and day performers from Partner Nation Thailand and SAARC countries, besides Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Congo presented a myriad of cultures and added a global dimension to it.

The Work Huts of Thailand displayed dry flowers, hand bags, jewelries, floating ceramics, wall hangings, accessories and paintings Tajikistan displayed a wide variety of embroidered Taji fabrics known as ‘Chakan’. The stall of Uzbekistan had traditional embroideries which were skillfully crafted on bags, scarves and skull caps.

Adding an African flavor to the Mela were the artisans from Congo who displayed a wide variety of tribal craft. The visitors could actually see these craftspersons designing masks, sculptures and other artifacts.

The Mela had a special enclosure for artisans from SAARC Business Association of Home Base Workers (SABAH). Accordingly, craftspersons from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan participated in the Mela.

Cultural shows

The Mela celebrated the diversity and vibrancy of India by showcasing various cultural and symbolic elements. The sophisticated `Satriya’ dance dipped in the mythologies of Assam or the convoluted ‘Puralia Chhaw’ dance of West Bengal with tidy acrobats drew big crowds. Choupals witnessed ‘Brij ki Holi’ and ‘Mayur’ dance of Uttar Pradesh. ‘Siddi Goma’ dance of Gujarat gave a majestic aura with their heart rending drumbeats and dance forms. There were cultural dances of Assam – ‘Bodo’, ‘Mising’, ‘Bhortal’, ‘Deodhani’, ‘Tiwa’, ‘Rabha’ and ‘Bihu’; ‘Bhangra & Gidda’ of Punjab; ‘Panthi’ of Chattisgarh; ‘Sambhalpuri’ Dance of Odisha; ‘Ghoomar’ & ‘Phag’ Dance of Haryana.
Another highlight of the Mela was the exotic performances by foreign troupes. Countries including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Congo showcased their traditional dance forms at the Choupal and the Natyashala. The cultural dance of Congo was a huge hit.

Delectable cuisines

The Mela was an epicurean delight as it offered some of the most delectable cuisines. Besides serving food from almost all the States of India, the Mela offered an exotic range of food items imported from Thailand. The visitors could relish appetizers like ‘Poh Pia’ (spring rolls), ‘Som Tom’ (papaya salad), ‘Tom Yum Koong/Kai/Jay’ (soups) and the main course dishes included Red and Green Curries, ‘Khao Pad Jay’ (fried rice with vegetable), ‘Pad Thai Noodles’, to name a few. The Thai cuisine, just like that of Indian cuisine, was very rich and diverse in its ingredients.

The stall of Theme State Assam served some of the most mouth watering food items. The favorite among the visitors was the ‘Assam Thali’ which included ‘Alu Bhaji’, ‘Joha Bhat’, ‘Rahar Dal’, ‘Labra’, ‘Khar’, ‘Tenga’ , ‘Pitika’ served with ‘Chutney’ and ‘Achar’.

`Choki Dhani’ which is located opposite Choupal offered some of the most famous and popular foods of India. Rajasthani delicacies like `dal bhatti churma’, ‘pyaaz ki kachori’ were available. ‘Nariyal Pani’ was also offered in the food court which worked as a thirst quencher. Traditional foods of North India like `Rajma Chawal’ and ` Chole Bature’ besides a host of others were made available in the stalls.

A special food stall of South Indian dishes was also popular.

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