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Ode to Punjab

The festival, which will be held from 1-8  April, at the Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, takes off from the success of its first edition last year. It brings to the Capital, apart from the intricate and ubiquitous tradition of Phulkari, the heartland and spirit of Panjab through the colours, stories, history, traditions and craftsmanship of the state.

This year, the art of Phulkari, known for its ‘flower’ technique and an unmatchable emotion running through every seam, will flow through the metaphorical energy of the state’s five rivers. The festival’s theme is the Convergence of these five facets, each exhibit bringing together the geographical and cultural diversity and richness on one platform.

Taking an old story and contemporising it to suit the aesthetic sensibilities of urban India, Mela Phulkari is more than a project; it draws inspiration from the past to recreate a future for artistic expression. Last year, the Capital saw the traditional Panjabi home ethos manifest at India Habitat Centre, complete with the ‘veda’, courtyard,  ‘manji’,  bed,  baghs, scrolls,  stoles and shirts. The second edition refines the concept further.

Ideated and put together by a multi-faceted group of 1469 along with artists and designers from across the country, art installations will welcome the visitors with their visually dynamic stories.
The stage is set with essentials such as a welcome glass of lassi, decorated chairs depicting the culture of Punjab, or a quintessential and antique tanga that plays recordings of tanga tales.

A doli brings to the imagination the traditional Panjabi wedding ritual, while the iconic image of Shaheed Bhagat Singh is seen through portraits created with wooden blocks (created by artist Jagdeep Singh from Nakodar); metal artist Tanushree’s recreation of old chests  and wooden doors with engraved blocks of Gurmukhi script created by 1469, add to the nostalgia. Other attractions include patch-work garments inspired by traditional antique baghs (embroidered wall hangings), paintings that employ pop art style, artwork inspired by oral folk traditions, and brass tapes intertwined into labyrinthine structures.

Apart from the exhibition, one will find products on sale such as artefacts, clothes, decorative items, accessories such as parandhis and, most importantly, Phulkari. There will also be a ramp show of phulkari products made by concept 1469. There will also be cultural Trinjan, wherein women vocal artistes from Panjab will sing the famous Suhaag de Geet.  There is also the performance by Jasbir Jassi and by other punjabi singers. ?

Talks and demonstrations will run throughout the week. Don’t miss it.

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