Kolkata Haat 2010-handicraft bazaar: Christmas brings pastoral aroma to Kolkata

Kolkata, Dec 26, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): The citizens of Kolkata gets a tang of rural sensitivity and their culture during this bustling season of Christmas and New year as the heart of the city, the New Market vicinity, altered into a traditional handicraft bazaar.

A handicraft bazaar aka Kolkata Haat 2010, organized by Simplex Projects Limited in association with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development is an exhibition cum sale of rural handicrafts and handlooms.

Kolkata Haat, inaugurated on Dec 24  will be a non- stop 18 day carnival in front of New Market, the hangout zone for shoppers, pedestrian and tourists.

At Kolkata Haat, the best of traditional arts and crafts from every district and state will find a place.

Starring from dokra metal casting and terracotta from Bankura, kanhta stitch embroidery from Birbhum, Bishnupuri baluchori works, patachitra of Medinipur, Brass and bell metal of Uttar Pradesh and Chhattihgarh, Blue Pottery of Rajasthan, textiles of Kosha and Sambalpur will be displayed along with appetizing cuisines of Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Bengal itself to capture the mood of traditional rustic India.

“We are doing this as our tribute to New Market, which still evokes nostalgia in Kolkatans. There’s another reason. We are trying to help and give support to the talented artisans by bringing them to the direct buyers excluding the middlemen,” said a Simplex spokesperson.

Bahadur Chitrakar, a patachitrakar says, “Patachitra is a very primitive art and well recognized all over. But the market is losing its grip. So, with such an exhibition we get a platform to showcase our creativity to the public”.

Bishnupuri baluchori artisian, Sobhihar Banu has a view somewhat similar: “There is not much hike in demand for Tashor silk, kantha embroidery in our state, though we usually have good response in Delhi and abroad. I appreciate the organizers’ initiative, as for now people can come directly to us excluding the middlemen.”

To add more flavour to Kolkata Haat, folk performances with cultural programmes, traditional music concerts and baul fusions are organised.

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