Celebrating the culture of Punjab, panj and phulkari

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New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2018 3:23:41 AM

The fifth edition of the Mela Phulkari centered around the symbology of five: Panj Pyaras started from Saturday at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

Punjab, panj, phulkari, Mela Phulkari, coloursMela Phulkari is a movement that celebrates and unifies the art, craft and culture of Punjab in its true essence and spirit.

The fifth edition of the Mela Phulkari centered around the symbology of five: Panj Pyaras started from Saturday at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The event will continue till February 19. The mela is curated by Alka Pande and organised by Delhi-based Phulkari revivalists Harinder Singh and Kirandeep Kaur. Mela Phulkari is a movement that celebrates and unifies the art, craft and culture of Punjab in its true essence and spirit

The inaugural event was attended by filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, Australian and French high commisioner, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, singer Rabbi Shergill, legendary folk singer Gurmeet Bawa, Lachi and Glory, artist Arpana Caur, among others. The other highlights of the show were the ‘Sardars of Sangrur’ and a folk artiste group that played 21 traditonal Punjabi instruments.

Through Mela Phulkari, Workshop 1469 — a Delhi-based merchandise retail chain — is investigating a number of concerns, from social, ecological, philosophical, cultural to ultimately one of sustainability. Every year, for the past four years, workshops at ‘1469’ transform into prisms of creativity and innovation, channeling energy and resources into conservation and preservation of an art and culture fast losing its significance to a competitive world.

“For the fifth edition, I thought it would be most apt to play with the symbology of Number 5. Five has multiple meanings, connotations and references beginning with the name of the state itself, Punjab, the land of five; panj pyaras — the five loved ones; panchranga — five colours; panchtattvas — the five elements,” Pande points out.

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