Mela Phulkari festival enthralls visitors
The state of Punjab is culturally rich as there is a lot to look forward to. The national Capital is hosting the Third edition of Mela Phulkari - Threads of Punjab, where the different elements are being showcased. Inaugurated by Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael P. Pelletier, Embassy of the United States of America, the festival is on till April 17 at Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre.
The grand opening saw the presence of artists and art lovers like Laila Tyabji, Jasbir Jassi, Bandeep Singh, Anjali Kalia, Harveena Kaur Batra, Vikramjit Singh Sahni, Nidhi Jain, Charu Verma. On Saturday, Imtiaz Ali, film director along with singer Harshdeep Kaur and lyricist Irshad Kamil will be present.
Heer di Phulkari is a musical evening where Punjabi folk music performances will be held. It will be coupled with Bollywood personalities talking about their relationship with Punjab.
Irshad Kamil, lyricist will recite his poetry and will be accompanied by traditional performers from the hinterland of Punjab.
In its third edition, the Mela Phulkari festival is gaining newer heights as it seeks to showcase the vivid daily life, the fabulous Punjabi food and a fun-filled lifestyle of this rurally glamorous state through three dimensional evocative artworks, celebrating the myriad facets of the craft. All these put together, showcase the essence of the state of Punjab, its vibrancy and its jovial and big-hearted people. The cultural extravaganza hosted a series of book releases, talks, performances and demonstrations throughout the week. Concept 1469 and Art Historian Dr Alka Pande came together to host the 10-day event.
Many art lovers saw the collection of works of several artists like Bandeep Singh, Anjali Kalia, Gopika Nath and many other creative professionals.