Chandigarh: 13th November 2019: The Chandigarh National Crafts Mela will make a comeback with its 11th edition from November 15 to 24 at Kalagram, Chandigarh. The event has been organized by North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India) and U.T. Administration, Chandigarh.
National Crafts Mela is a unique event that showcases the diversity of handicrafts, handlooms, folk dances and music. It reflects the cultural diversity of the country. Folk artists and cultural groups from all over the country will perform live during the ten-day event. The theme this year is “West to East” (W.E.) featuring handicrafts and foods from Rajasthan, Gujarat to Bihar and Odisha.
This year 200 stalls have been constructed at the site to display spectacular work of artisans and craftsmen of different states including Chandigarh. The products would vary from clothes to jewellery and footwear to carpets, furniture and home decor.
The tribal art groups will be given a platform to showcase and sell their work. The venue would have a food court focusing on the theme serving specialty and street foods from various states. The food court has remained the most popular venue at the event.
Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi will display ‘Rhythmic Past” installation during the said Mela.
Cultural evenings have always been an important part of the fair. The folk performers like Been jogis, Baazigars, Nagada, Behrupias etc. would perform live during the Mela. Folk dancers from across the country will entertain the visitors with the all-day stage performances.
Renowned celebrities of the Punjabi and Hindi industry like Gurdas Maan, Daler Mehendi, Kailash Kher, Jasbir Jassi, Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod, Manmohan Waris, Jassie Gill, Babbal Rai, Womenia Band, Kamal Heer, Kanwar Grewal and others will perform during the evening.
The amusement area would offer different rides and swings for the visitors of all ages. One can also enjoy camel rides while watching folk performances.