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Madhyam's folk mela

MADHYAM, THE reputed NGO, is organising a folk mela, Kala Madhyam, at the Chitrakala Parishath this year too. The mela, which commenced yesterday, will be on till November 3.

Over 200 artisans from 18 states have come together to exhibit their works. . There are dhokra items from Orissa such as pots, statues, and boxes created through the lost wax process; pottery by the Kumhars of Karnataka, decorated in the Chittara style; and silk grass products, and bamboo craft.

That perennial favourite, terracotta, is represented by Pokharan in Rajasthan. There are Warli paintings from Maharashtra, and Patua paintings from West Bengal . And of course there are Madhubani paintings from Bihar .

The mela features folk performances like the Puja Kunitha (Karnataka), Olliyattam (Tamilnadu), Burrakatha and Dappu (Andhra Pradesh), Warli tribal dance (Maharashtra), folk songs from Rajasthan, Oraon (tribal dance from Jharkhand), Jhummur and Bihu (Assam) and one by Tejanbai of Chattisgarh, Mathuri or the Koppu dance, and Lambadi dance from Andhra Pradesh.

To add more flavour, the mela features a folk food fest This year, the mela has features such as educational tours and workshops (in folk forms) for children, technical input sessions on product design, sales and marketing for the artisans.

It is open from 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m..

SWATHI KRISHNASWAMI

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