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Music and mango mania

Music and mango mania
To promote the eclectic range of mangoes produced in West Bengal and to exhibit its vibrant culture, the state government organised a cultural soiree on Saturday at Dilli Haat. The cultural evening saw performers from Gorbhanga village in Nadia district of Bengal singing some vibrant Bengali folk songs.

Traditional Bangla sufi qawwali performed by Fakeer singers were also a major attraction of the evening. The government of West Bengal has organised the second edition of Bengal mango festival called Mango Mela at Dilli Haat INA which will continue till 30 June. The mela also exhibits delectable varieties of mangoes from the state’s Malda and Murshidabad districts such as Langra, Fazli, Himsagar, and Laxmanbhog. For the first time, Amrapali mangoes from Bankura, successfully grown under a convergence programme with MGNREGS, will be available towards the end of the mela. The project for creation of 163 big mango orchards in Bankura under MGNREGS won a special award from the Union Rural Development Ministry in February this year.

Visitors can also enjoy  cultural evenings on every Saturday while relishing the delicious mangoes. The mela also displays select handloom and handicrafts from Bengal, such as Nakshi Kantha (traditional needlework), Shantiniketan embossed leather goods, Shantipuri sarees, terracotta costume jewellery, wooden masks and clay dolls. Processed mango products such as juice and pickles are also the special attraction of the fair.
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