Experience the colours and crafts of India and abroad A riot of colours splashed the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela

Chandigarh 12th February, 2016 Experience the colours and crafts of India and abroad A riot of colours splashed the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela atFaridabad on the occasion of Basant Panchami that saw a host of activitiesbeing organised throughout the day. Visitat Surajkund! ors clad in shades of yellow gatheredin large numbers to relish the bewitching charm and the crowd swelled withevery passing minute. School students enjoyed flying kites at Natyashala, acynosure for the visitors who witnessed the spectacular grandeur at the Mela.The day started with Saraswati Vandana at the Chaupal by eight girlstudents from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Faridabadfollowed by a medley of vibrant folk dances. In the afternoon, the best dressedcompetition for different age groups was also organised.The Mela epitomizes all that one could fantasize for an ideal retreat for along weekend. Modern art marvels Modern art from Seychelles has come to the Surajkund International CraftsMela at stall no 780. Robert Alexis, an artist and sculptor, manning the stall,says, “Modern paintings are popular because of their thought-provokingnature. In fact, many people value modern paintings according to how wellthey can spark a conversation with house guests or office clients. Thesepaintings can open one’s mind to a new perspective of the world, while othersstir the emotions, while others simply set a tone for a room.” He uses brightcoloured acrylics in his paintings, which blend the colours in various shapes andlines. These paintings can be appreciated for their beauty and have been pricedvery economically at Rs 4000 each. “Though my paintings sell for over $1000 but I have priced them at veryreasonable rates at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which has offereda great platform for international cultural exchange,” adds Alexis.Vibrant creations wow visitors The Warli art at Stall no 590 has artists from Faridabad, Haryana practisingthis art in Madhubani style. Artisan Vickey at this stall is all in smiles, “We havegot a great response for our collection of vases, pots and lamp shades indifferent sizes painted in colours of red, black and greens.” These are pricedfrom Rs 250 onwards.
They have also brought sleek wooden stands for the small size Warli potsto be displayed upon, which are priced from Rs 900 onwards. Each creationtakes from two hours to one day to be completed depending upon its size andintricacy of design, adds Vickey. Exquisite crafts Bidriware art from Karnataka at Stall no. 591 has beautiful range of decoritems like miniature hookahs, vases, bowls, ornament boxes, elephants, horsesand deers. Salim, the craftsperson, handling the stall, tells, “Bidriware workoriginates from the township of Bidar. The metal used is a blackened alloy ofzinc and copper inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver. Each piece involves anelaborate process of manufacturing, design originality and fine craftsmanship.At present, only silver is used to make the craft more vibrant.” His Bidriwarepieces are priced from Rs 400 onwards. Salim is happy with the sales of his product at the Mela, he adds, “ThisMela helps me bag bulk orders from export houses and offers an idealopportunity to connect with patrons of art.” Baskets with difference Cane fibre baskets displayed at Stall no. 612 attract the eye of everypasserby. Craftsperson Angam from Manipur has brought an interestedcollection of baskets in shape of carry bags, serving bowls and sling bags instriking colour of pink, purple, green and blue. He tells, “These are made fromspecial cane and the real skill lies in the art of weaving these baskets in differentdesigns and shapes.” Visitors are not only appreciating his work but are buying these baskets fortheir style, utiltity and sturdiness. Adds Angam, “These baskets are weaved byour families and we price them economically so that this craft sustains for times to come.

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