Mela – The Festival

Mela is an Indian word for Festival.

Mela are traditional and cultural display of society at large. They have stalls/vendors selling very unique handicraft made toys, tools, wall hanging, decorative stuffs, musical instruments, embroidery garments and personal care items.

Suraj-kund mela (aka Suraj-kund fest)

Suraj-kund mela (aka Suraj-kund fest)

Unlike rual melas, this one hosted international crafts. 18 countries participated in the event, by showcasing their art, cultural, folk and traditional dance.

The suraj-kund mela is a 15 day long fest, with each day scheduled-up with new performances.

Being weekend, the mela witnessed huge crowd-gathering

Being weekend, the mela witnessed huge crowd-gathering

The entire event was themed for Chhattisgarh state, and Lebanon was the partnering nation. There were five zone, each named after a rutu (meaning seasons)

At the mela, I purchased two musical instruments – ek tara and flute and some arts like metal art from Chhattisgarh state, bird artefact from Bihar state, a catapult from north-east and a wooden puzzle cube.

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Some of the crafts purchased at the mela.

Sarso da saag de maake ki roti

Sarso da saag de maake ki roti

This was our lunch – ‘Sarso da saag de maake ki roti’ (yes, that’s how long the Indian dish name is – It means, Mustard vegetable with Corn bread)

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I have so much to write..but can’t find time to write..or may be as a reader you may not appreciate those experiences, until lived..

So, I leave on you, to experience the mela and look forward to hear them from you.

Thank you for reading:)

Keep riding!

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