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  • Craft festivals of India

    From time immemorial, India has been the hub for crafts and art alike. Art work and craft work made in India has adorned the palaces of Indian royalty and their international counterparts in England, Spain, France, Portugal et al.

    Today the government of India, the states and many other organizations have taken it onto themselves to promote this extravagant culture of Art and Craft in India. A very recent example is be the development of Bunkar Marts or Weaver Marts throughout the state of Uttar Pradesh by the state government. Apart from the government backed craft festivals internationally, India is also home to some of the biggest art and craft festivals which see participation from local as well as international craftsmen.

    Here is a glimpse of some of the various festivals where India celebrates its arts and crafts:

    Surajkund Crafts Mela:

    One of the most popular crafts fair in India, SurajkundMela is held at Surajkund, Faridabad in Haryana which is in close proximity to the capital New Delhi. Celebrated in the month of February every year, this fair has been an annual affair since 1978. Set up with an intention of promoting art and craft, the fair sees participation from every state in India and also the neighbouring countries. At the Surajkund Crafts Mela, visitors can find paintings, textiles, wood carvings, bone work, pottery, terracotta, stone work, lacquer work, mirror work, cane and grass work among other specialities. The fair also includes a food festival and folk theatre.

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    Kala Ghoda Festival:

    The fairly young Kala Ghoda Festival hasbeen celebrated in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai since 1999. The festival is a must visit for everyone interested in visual arts, handicrafts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, lectures, seminars and workshops with heritage walks, special events for children, and a street food festival. This nine day festival is held in early February and sees millions of visitors every year.

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    Toshali Craft Fair:

    The thirteen day long Toshali Crafts Fair is held in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha every year in December and sees participation from the all the SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Participants from all SAARC countries and Indian states showcase their best collections here. Artists, painters, weavers, sculptors and craftsmen specializing in any form of art wait for the fair as a perfect platform to exhibit their talents in front of a large audience. From Kanchipuram silk sarees of Tamil Nadu to the Chiki wood craft of Kashmir, everything is on display here apart from the various other events including a workshops on sand art, sculpture making and an amazing food festival.

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