4th craft mela begins today
Organiser Bansal Kaul said: “Though tribe to us is a word synonym with connotations of backwardness, Indian tribes don’t necessarily live in forests, but in different geographical environments with their own architecture, art forms and agrarian economy. Through the exhibits, we plan to highlight that tribals are skilled and have developed their own indigenous science, structural engineering and architecture techniques. They are close to nature and remind us of the environmental degradation through our activities,” said Kaul.
Around 300 folk artists, dancers and instrumentalists, representing all cultures across India will be performing at the mela.
For the past two weeks, artistes have been working hard to design ten huts - each with their own style and tribal paintings. “With the assistance of six zonal cultural centres, we will try to reflect the crafts, culture and art from all states. The virtue of performing arts is that it is non-repetitive and everytime in a new context,” said Jaswinder Kaur, director of Cultural Affairs at UT Administration.
She said that of the 125 stalls, 35 stalls are exclusive for tribal regions and 10 for Chandigarh and that the country’s top
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