Chandigarh, 4th November, 2016: The 8th Annual Chandigarh National Crafts Mela, jointly organized by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), and Chandigarh Administration, at Kalagram was today inaugurated by Smt. Alka Singh, wife of Sh. V.P. Singh Badnore, Hon’ble Governor of Punjab and Administrator, U.T. Chandigarh & Chairman, NZCC. Among those present during the opening ceremony were Sh. Navneet Soni, IRS, OSD to Minister of Culture, Smt. Kavita Singh, IAS, MD, CITCO-cum-Director Cultural Affairs, Chandigarh Administration and Prof. (Dr.) R.S. Gill, Director, NZCC.

The 1st day of the Chandigarh National Crafts Mela witnessed huge footfall, today, with the lovers of art and crafts thronging the Mela. With the theme of ‘Rajasthan’, the special focus was on showcasing folk traditions, arts and crafts of all the regions of the country. Thousands of Mela enthusiasts marked their presence to savour the colours and flavours of Rajasthan and distant corners of the country. Acclaimed handloom/ handicraft artisans including Shilpa Gurus, National Awardees, Sant Kabir Awardees etc. have been invited to showcase their creations from various parts of the country.

It was a day of a host of programmes of performing arts on the stage, with artistes from Rajashtan performing folk songs and dance to an enthralling audience. Among the performances today were choreographed presentation of Folk Music, Folk Instruments and Folk Dances by Rajasthani artisans and Folk/Sufi Singing by Nooran Sisters which left the audience spellbound. The 2nd day of the 8th Chandigarh National Crafts Mela-2016 will witness a musical performance by Roshan Prince replacing Ms. Pooja, who would not be able to perform due to illness.

During the 10 days of the Chandigarh National Crafts Mela, celebrated/Star artists will perform daily in the evening at the main stage. Rangoli and Folk Painters’ Camp by renowned artists will be another attraction of this Mela. The youth especially the students will get an opportunity to know about the rich cultural heritage of our country. Many VVIPs/VIPs and other dignitaries from the Government of India are likely to visit the said Mela.