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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The original purpose of this blog was promoting city cycling and popularizing urban green belt corridors, which it did for it's first one and a half year, since the year of it's launch - 2014. Now-a-days, that is, since the last two years, I haven't been city commuting on my bike, thanks to my city earning the world's most air polluted region title. And thanks to the redesigning of City roads, those are forked under construction since last six months, loosing a green cover of a whooping 9,100+ trees and the rising construction dust hazards. And lastly thanks to El nino of 2015 and El nina of 2016. I don't know if I have missed any other reason. The theme of the blog, hence, changed, into a bit of my own ramblings covering topics, such as - my travel blogging, Social issues in India, Climate change & biodiversity conservation.

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