The annual Chandigarh National Crafts Mela at Kalagram, Chandigarh is a joint venture of the Chandigarh Administration and North Zone Cultural Centre (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India). The THEME of the 3rd edition of the Mela this year is ‘Colours and Sounds of South India’ where special focus will be on showcasing folk traditions, arts and crafts of the Southern States of India besides showcasing all the cultural regions of rest of the country. NZCC has invited acclaimed handloom/craft persons which include Shilpa Gurus, National Awardees, Sant Kabir Awardees with the assistance of Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India and tribal crafts persons especially selected by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India from all over the country and even a few from SAARC countries – Sri Lanka and Nepal will display their artefacts.
The National Crafts Mela will be inaugurated this Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 5.30 pm at Kalagram by Hon’ble Sh. Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs & Water Resources, Govt. of India.
NZCC has constructed a whole new ethnic village where 145 huts made from bamboo have been raised to enable acclaimed craftsmen to showcase finest specimens of handcrafts and handlooms. Magnificent South Indian colourful gates have been constructed which are in itself a marvel of Art. NZCC has engaged one of the leading layout artist of the country Sh. Anoop Giri from West Bengal to create this ethnic village. A very imaginative layout plan of the Mela ground has been prepared by the Department of Architecture, U.T. Administration, Chandigarh.
The village shall have different features depicting the rich Art, Culture and Heritage of South India. The exhibitors will display the work related to traditional clothing, cuisine, music and dance, architecture and paintings, communities and traditions etc. Chandigarh National Crafts Mela provides a platform to the crafts persons to set up an environment where rural crafts traditions could be displayed. This Mela will provide an opportunity to the travellers from various parts of the country as well as foreigners to have a feel of traditional rural ambience.
With the theme South India, Crafts Mela will be fascinating and a definite crowd puller as this year, visitors can have glimpses of various features depicting the temples of Tamil Nadu to the backwaters of Kerala and caves of Deccan, south India. Visitors can also relish the south Indian food which plays vital part of the heritage and culture of South India. South Indian food is perfect permutation of flavours, colours, zest, nutritional balance, aroma, savour and visual appeal and its quite popular in this region.
Besides showcasing art and crafts of the country during the forthcoming ten days National Crafts Mela, spectacular cultural programmes choreographed by the professionals of the country will be organised every evening with emphasis on folk music, folk instruments and folk dances from all regions of the country with special focus on Southern States. Besides this there will be day long performances by renowned folk artistes. NZCC has invited more than 500 folk dancers and folk instrumentalists including folk singers from all over the country with the assistance of six Zonal Cultural Centres in India. This mega event showcasing crafts of the country and spectacular cultural presentations will provide a grand opportunity for the public in general and youth and students in particular to know about the rich cultural heritage of our composite culture.
The Press Conference was chaired by MD CITCO D.K.Tiwari; Director NZCC D. S.Saroya. Also present were the Director Cultural Affairs, Chief Engineer UT, Chief Architect UT and other senior officers of Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation Chd.