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National Crafts Mela Kalagram sees sharp surge in footfall on Day 7

Chandigarh : Kalagram saw a sharp surge in footfall in the ongoing 13th edition of the Chandigarh National Crafts Mela, jointly hosted by the NZCC and Chandigarh Administration.
The highlights of the morning stage performances were a surfeit of scintillating folk dances of various states, Rai (MP), Machhi (Dadra and Nagar Haveli), Phag (Har), Dhamali (J & K), Cheraw (Mizoram), Wangla (Meghalaya), Bihu (Assam), and including Luddi (Pb), Chhapeli (UK), Bacha Nagma (J&K), ) Karma (Chh-garh), Gudim Baja (MP), Ghoomer (Har), Kalbelia (Raj), Mallakhamb (Odisha). However, the show-stopping performance was by Punjab Police troupe.
The evening session was packed with tribal and folk dance performances. Prominent among them were Balti (Ladakh), Mayur (UP), Dogri (J & K), Rai Bense (WB), Ghasiari(UK), Lai Haroba and Thangla (Manipur), Hozagiri (Tripura), Luddi (Pb). Among the other highlights of the day was the ground performances, including Behurupiyas, Nachaar and Baajigar (Punjab) Nagada, Been Jogis et al, who won hearts of the visitors. A range of handcrafted and handmade items that attracted shoppers to pick from a conglomeration of the items on display, included Khurja pottery, designer crockery, cutlery, wooden, including pashmina shawls stols, gloves, headbands from Ladakh, while Kullu and Kinnauri conical caps were brought in from Himachal Pradesh and heavy duty winter wears from Jammu and Kashmir. Wooden furniture, including sofa sets, dining sets, beds, settees attractive designs, were available at reasonable rates. The special quiz session, in which 300-odd students from various government and non-goverment tricity took part. Ten students won the contest.
The contest is held daily. The food court housing some 20 stalls from various states was turned out to be a place of hop and happening with food lovers had so much to choose from a range appetizing cuisines and culinary treats to gorge on at competitive rates. Among the states which brought the traditional taste of their traditional cuisines included Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra, Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, South India, Awadh, Hydrabad, Gujarat and Chinese treats and so on.
The performer of the evening was the popular folk singer of Uttrakhand Maya Upadhayay, a house hold name in the hills of Uttrakhand, who enlivened the evening with her soulful rendition. She belted out her popular numbers, one after the other, including. "Jai badri visual jai jai Panchkula paryag...", "Aadu sansara aadu munsyara mero pran jwar munsyara...", "Chhori lachhman sura hawa chali saree sambhala..."Pahadki cheli chhu mein naam chhu mayar mohini..." to name a few. Tomorrow Joban Sandhu, a well,-known singer of Punjab, would perform, doling out his choicest numbers, a rage with the young and old alike.

National Crafts Mela Kalagram sees sharp surge in footfall on Day 7
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