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Ringing in the celebrations

Ringing in the celebrations
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Bringing a glimpse of the traditional crafts of rural Bengal to the national capital, the 3rd edition of the Pre-Puja Promotional Sale and Exhibition of Bengal Handloom and Handicrafts opened in the Capital on 10 September at Dilli Haat, INA. The show combines the best of the creations of master artisans and weavers from the state.

Around 40 artisans from various districts of West Bengal, including Paschim Medinipur, Bardhaman, Nadia, Dakshin Dinajpur, Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and Birbhum have taken part in the exposition.

The event aims to promote the rich and glorious tradition of Bengal handicrafts and handloom ensuring commercial benefits to the artisans before the festive season of Durga Puja and Deepavali.

It will remain open for public till 15 September. The fair was inaugurated by R D Meena, Special Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, in presence of senior officials and dignitaries.

The exhibition offers a range unique terracotta costume jewellery, batik garments, finely woven mats, embroidered clothes, embossed leather goods of Shantiniktan, nakshi kantha, patachitra (scroll paintings), dokra (metal casting) ornaments, world-famous clay dolls of Nadia and wooden dolls, among other items.

Special cultural soirées will be organised during the fair on 13 and 14 September with Baul Gaan (songs by wandering mystic minstrels of Bengal), Nadir Gaan (folk songs of the river) and a collage of instrumental and dance performances bringing out the rhythm and tunes of Bengal.
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