The Theme State of the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela, Maharashtra, showcased the splendour of the state’s traditional styles through a unique fashion show held in the grounds of Hotel Rajhans, Surajkund on Saturday evening. The richness of the Mahrashtra’s traditional wear- which embodies the native craftsmanship, was showcased through the well-choreographed fashion show.
The Fashion show took the audience back in time to the 18th century in the first round. The models sashayed down the ramps in traditional clothes of the ‘Katkari Samaj’. The male models displayed the Dhoti and female models adorned the ‘kashtha’ costumes. These clothes represented the need and practicality of the times, thus they were worn in a particular way to ease the working styles.
The second round of the fashion show stepped into the 19th Century, which presented the famous ‘Nauwari’ saari also called the 9 yard saari. The Nauwari saari during the time was a part of the Lavani Culture and was a part of the traditional attire worn for the Lavani Dance. Models wore the Nauwari saari in the most colourful forms with intricate traditional border-work from the state of Maharashtra. The male models displayed the traditional Dhoti coupled with Kurta, traditional Hats, etc that was as part of the traditional wear of the 19th Century Maharashtra.
The fashion show lead to the contemporary times where the traditional dresses took more modern hues, transforming traditional threads into fashion statements. This round focused on the Groom and Bridal wear. The traditional Lehngas wore a royal look and shimmered with intricate works of traditional embroidery. The male models too strutted down the ramp clad in cotton silk Kurtas teamed up with Pajyama, Churidars, Coats and Sherwanis.
The unique show took the audience back in time and back again and created an ever lasting impression with its unique concept and a thrilling show.
Chaupal echoed with Laughter at the Hasya kavi Sammelan
Stalwarts from the world of humour and satire came together at the Chaupal. The much awaited event saw hoards of people grabbing the seats at the amphitheatre to see their favourite poets. Many renowned names like Surender Sharma, Sardar Manjeet Singh, Budhi Prakash Dadhich, Dr. Surender Dubey Suresh Awasthi and Gajender Solanki. Each artist in his own unique way made the audience laugh on their satire and jokes on various topics.
Weekends get bustling with energy
The weekend started on a high note here at Surajkund Mela with a galaxy of visitors filling every nook and corner of the Mela premises. As more and more visitors came to the mela, the atmosphere garnered even more energy and colour. From cultural performances by foreign nations like Egypt, Uganda, Syria, Tajikistan and Thailand to the foot tapping shows by Punjab’s and Maharashtra’s folk singers and dancers kept the Chaupal packed to the brim. Shoppers and patrons of art and craft were seen holding huge shopping bags and smiles on their faces. It was a busy day for all craftsperson as people thronged to buy their exquisite products.
Miniature Mughal paintings make a life size impression
One of the most unique works of art and exceptional talent is that of the miniature Mughal painting brought here by Mr. Kailash from Rajasthan, who specializes in this art. He states that the entire process of making these paintings involve one-hair brush and takes tedious hours and months to make a masterpiece. Many details in the paintings are so intricate and minute that one needs a magnifying glass to see them in full detail.
Mr. Kailash says this is a traditional work handed down generations and they have further added innovative mediums to promote this art. He is using old postcards and adding interesting miniature Mughal elements and paintings to create a very interesting collector’s items. He even owns vintage paperwork of the royal times on which he adds spice with his art and creates a entirely new masterpiece. Another artist Mr. Gopal Prasad Sharma has also brought the same art from Rajasthan. He states with enthusiasm that ‘his work is unique because of the creativity and the finest detail involved in making it”
For those looking for this true collectors art, Mr. Kailash is available at Hut no 1042 and Mr. Gopal Sharma is at Hut no 1049.
Creativity in fish Scale.
One of the most fascinating handicraft talent comes from West Bengal with Ms. Pushpa Bakat at hut no 1069. Her entire work is made from Rohu and Katla fish scales which are glued together to make artistic masterpieces. Her works include highly detailed decorations, Gautam Budhha under a tree and the Krishan Arjun Rath which is making visitors stop at her shop at the first look. She states that her creations takes few days to months to complete and for this work and she has won the state award 3 times.
Surajkund is a mélange of arts and crafts and a must visit place for admirers of such talent.
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