- More than 65 National and State Award winning artists will be participating for the first time in the Orange City Crafts Mela.
- Orange City Crafts Mela will be organized in a novel manner as compared to previous years
- More than 175 Stall of Handicrafts will be set-up during the Orange City Crafts Mela.
- The Orange City Crafts Mela will be a conglomeration of Handicrafts exhibition, Folk arts, dance presentation and delicious food.
- Attempt has been made to make the Orange City Crafts Mela with a new look and novel manner
Nagpur: After a series of various presentations and exhibitions, The South Central Cultural Centre (SCZCC) Nagpur will be organizing the Orange City Crafts Mela from of January 8, 2016.
This is an excellent showcase and sale of handicraft artisans, various folk artists to present their folk art forms of tribals and rural populace. This sort of exhibition has been organized in the SCZCC right from 1992. This year the Orange City Crafts Mela will be organized from January 8 to January 17, 2016. This will be held daily from 1pm to 9 pm.
Nearly 225 Folk dancers and 175 handicrafts artisans from 22 regions of the country have been invited to participate in the Orange City Crafts Mela this year. In order to cater to the varied palates, 40 stalls which will serve delicacies and food items from different regions of the country will also be organized during the Orange City Crafts Mela.
This Orange City Crafts Mela is often looked forward too and is appreciated by the art-lovers and prominent people of the city. This extravaganza is usually adored and visited by thousands of citizens of the city.
This time round many National and State Award winning artists will be participating for the first time in the Orange City Crafts Mela. This will include Punjabi Joothi (Punjab), Punjadari, Khurja Pottery, Buttidar Sarees, Banarasi Sarees, Patch Work, Carpets, Jhali Murals (UP), Fulkari (Punjab), Shawls (J&K), Iron Handicrfts from Basar, Woolen Shawls from Gujarat, Bell Metal works (MP), Kolhapuri Sandals, Kosa from Maharashtra, Dry-flower arts, Terracotta (Haryana), Hand Embroidery (Punjab), Palm-leaf works (Odisha), Dry Flower art (Nagaland), Embroidery (New Delhi).
Apart from this Terracotta, Handlooms, Metals, Wood-carvings, Glass-works, Rajasthani Joothis, Punjabi Joothis, Woolen Shawls, Chanderi Sarees, Chicken Embroidery, Blue and Black pottery, Madhubani, Bamboo Work, Carpets, Jari Works, Kosa, Brass, Tiles and dye-stone craft, Jewelery, Docra wooden toys, decorative crafts, leather works, ceramics, cane, paintings, boutique-print, appliqué works, jute works, Fulkari, Khadi, Chipa Shilp, Khurha Pottery, Gemstone paintings etc from different regions of the nations will be exhibited during the Orange City Crafts Mela. One can also buy good handicraft goods from this expo.
The folk dance and music festival will be as follows
- From Jan 8-12: Ghumar, Dhamal Dance, Jangam Jogi (Haryana), Shank Dwani, Rannappa, Chadaiya (Odisha), Terah Tali, Bhavai Dance (Rajasthan), Chau Dance, (West Bengal), Tapeta Gulu Dance (Andhra Pradesh).
- From Jan 13-Jan 16: Mewasi Dance (Gujarat), Ras-Leela, Pung Cholam (Manipur), Kalbelia, Chari Dance (Rajasthan), Khud Dance (J&K), Bhangda, Giddha Dance (Punjab).
In order to spread the awareness about the rich cultural heritage and about our folk music the SCZCC will strive to invite people from all over the nation to visit the Orange City Crafts Mela. The folk music will include from January 8-10:- Powada (Maharashtra), Pandwani Gayan (Chhattisgarh) and from January 11-13:- Bharud (Maharashtra), Mangniyar Gayan (Rajasthan) and from January 14-16:- Kajiri Gayan (UP), Punjabi Folk songs (Punjab) will be presented during the Orange City Crafts Mela.
This year, on the concluding day (January 17, 2015 at 6 pm) for the first time a Folk Drama titled “Ekal” will be presented by reputed dramatist Vibha Rani (Navrangi Natni). A reputed Lavni dancer Chaya Maya Khutegaonkar will be presenting Lavni Dance.
This time round from 1pm to 4 pm, school children will be given free entry during the day time so that the awareness about our rich culture and folk art can be seen and learnt by them. They will be also encouraged and given an opportunity to showcase their talents.
The tickets will be as usual Rs 10 from 1pm to 4:30 pm (excluding Saturday and Sunday) and Rs 20/- from 5 pm to 9 pm and also for Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 9 pm.
The paid parking is organized in MLA Hostel premises and in Vasantrao Deshpande Hall grounds.