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All about Andhra

Visit DakshinaChitra to experience a slice of Andhra Pradesh's rich culture at an interesting festival till March 23.


UGADI UTSAV - a celebration of Andhra cuisine, craft and folk art will be on at DakshinaChitra till March 23. Ugadi, the Telugu New Year, which actually falls on April 2, also rings in the summer season in South India.

Visitors to DakshinaChitra are served pachchadi, a traditional dish, which is a combination of sweet, sour and bitter tastes, representing the various facets of human life. It is believed that eating Ugadi Pachchadi gives one the strength to accept the happiness and sarrows of the coming year with equanimity.

The variety of craft from the state offers a treat to the eyes. Kondapally toys, made of wood, suitably chiselled and joined with the paste of tamarind seeds, painted with a brush made of goat's hair in earthen colours as well as oil colours look attractive. Also featured at the fair are Ettipkopaka wooden lacquer toys from Vishakapatnam district. The bright colours and simple mechanisms can be of delight to children. The most popular lacquerware - lac bangles of Andhra are also on display and sale.

Moving on to garments, Venkatagiri and Mangalagiri cotton sarees can be the best buy for summer.

Taking art to the kitchen is the wooden spoons of Andhra. The carpenters of this state have used their skills to create utility items and these spoons with intricate carvings can be put to good use while using non-stick utensils.

To get a feel of the folk traditions, watch Chintu Yakshagana, which will be staged at regular intervals during the festival. It is a folk performance that is similar to the Koothupattarai and is still popular in the rural and urban areas of Telengana. It is performed by the Chintu community to earn a livelihood.

One can know more about Kalamkari with the help of an artist who demonstrates and guides enthusiasts in creating this age-old textile art of Andhra.

Free sunshades are distributed to visitors! For details please contact 2491 8943 or 954114 272603.

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