Chandigarh Craft Fair to Infuse Entertainment and Culture at Kalagram from December 1 to December 10
Chandigarh: The eagerly anticipated Chandigarh Craft Fair is set to captivate audiences with a unique blend of contemporary performances and cultural heritage at Kalagram, Manimajra, from December 1 to December 10, 2023. Organized in collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chandigarh, this year's theme, 'Mera Mati Mera Desh,' will be showcased through a captivating gateway inspired by Nagaland, aligning with the foundation day of the North Eastern state on December 1.
Sh. Hari Kallikkat, Secretary Culture, Chandigarh Administration, shared insights from a preparatory meeting, expressing confidence that this edition of the fair promises not only abundant entertainment but also a rich cultural experience for attendees.
Featuring approximately 1000 folk artists from various states, including renowned performers, and boasting around 200 craft stalls offering exquisite handicrafts, the fair is designed to be a vibrant celebration of India's diverse cultural tapestry.
Highlight performances include Lakhwinder Wadali, Salman Ali of Indian Idol fame, Maithili Thakur, Gulrez Akhtar, Maya Upadhyay from Uttarakhand, and Naati king Kuldeep Sharma. The inaugural day will feature a special choreographer performance blending folk and classical artistry, choreographed by the acclaimed Santosh Nair and his team.
Throughout the day, fair artists will enchant audiences, with evenings reserved for local talents selected by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi. Sh. Sorabh Arora, Director Culture, Chandigarh Administration, announced free admission for school children until 12 noon, providing an enriching experience that includes cultural programs, quizzes, workshops, and other activities.
A standout feature of this year's fair is the debut exhibition of 16 giant musical instruments carved in stone, created by the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala. These impressive sculptures, alongside other attractions, promise to be a captivating spectacle. The fairgrounds will be adorned with the theme 'Meri Mati Mera Desh,' brought to life by the skilled team led by ambiance artist Anup Giri.
Folk Art Award
Building on last year's tradition, awards dedicated to folk arts will be presented to selected artists on the opening day. These annual accolades, announced by the Hon'ble Governor of Punjab and Administrator Chandigarh, underscore the commitment to recognizing and honoring contributions to folk arts.
The North Zone Cultural Centre will host an exhibition portraying rural life, while the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi will organize an exhibition and a photo competition during the fair.
In addition to the entertainment, Kalagram will offer a diverse culinary experience with stalls featuring traditional dishes.