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.
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.
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.
Some of the crafts purchased at the mela.
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)
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:)