The Shilparamam Arts Crafts Mela Society, in association with the Development Commissioners Of Handicrafts And Handlooms and the Ministry Of Textiles, is organising the 16th All-India Crafts Mela from 12th December to 3rd January. The most sought-after and eagerly awaited annual bazaar for the crafts-loving people of the city, it has been recognized by the Government of India to be on par with the Surajkund Mela near New Delhi, and has also been declared as one of the National Events of the Ministry Of Textiles since 2O01.
700 artisans from 25 Indian states - Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Orissa and West Bangal - are showcasing their products in this direct-to-customer exhibition.
You can shop for a wide variety of handicrafts, including ceramic and crockeryware, khurja pottery items, wooden sculpture, Kondapalli, Ettikoppaka and Chennapatnam toys, jute bags, Rajasthani marbles and puppets, perfumes and agarbathis, Orissa leaf paintings and applique work, miniature and gem stone paintings, Nirmal and Cherial paintings, oxidised metal statues, leather puppets and lamp shades, exquisite rosewood and carving furniture, Thanjavur paintings, crochet laces and cotton durries, jewelry, leather bags and cutwork panels.
The handloom collection is no less in variety. Stocks of overflowing colorful saris are attracting lots of women, and the fabrics are getting sold like hot cakes. Barmeri prints from Rajasthan, hand block prints, Banjara embroidery from Andhra Pradesh, Chanderi and Maheshwari saris from Madhya Pradesh, handloom saris from West Bengal, Sambalpuri saris from Orissa, Chikan work from Lucknow, Pulkari work from Punjab, Chettinad handlooms from Tamil Nadu, block prints from Jaipur, room carpets and Tussar silk from Uttar Pradesh, Kashmiri silk saris, and Paithani saris from Maharashtra make up the vast display.
Cultural programs that include concerts of instrumental music, Carnatic vocal and classical dance, and even folk programs, will be held every day during the 23-day bazaar. In addition, folk programs like Dappu Nrityam, Yakshaganam, Puli Veshalu, Oggudolu, Garagalu, Tolubommalata, Buttabommalu, Pagati Veshalu, Teppatigullu and Mahagaradi recitals will start at 3:30pm everyday at the mela lawn, as below:
3:30pm onwards - Kolatam By Mallesh & Group
3:30pm onwards - Kolatam By Sarada & Group
6:30pm onwards - Relare Rela By Damodar Ganapathi & Group
3:30pm onwards - Dappulu By Ramaiah & Group
6:30pm onwards - Bharatanatyam By Aparna & Group
3:30pm onwards - Kolatam By Rajitha & Group
6:30pm onwards - Devotional Songs By Koteswara Rao & Group
3:30pm onwards - Voggukatha By Ramaiah & Group
6:30pm onwards - Kuchipudi & Bharatnatyam By Nadia & Group
3:30pm onwards - Kolatam By Pullaiah & Group
6:30pm onwards - Vocal By Padmapriya & Group
3:30pm onwards - Gondu By P Dhanunjay
6:30pm onwards - Folk Songs By Kavitha & Group
3:30pm onwards - Pallesuddulu By Rajmouli & Group
6:30pm onwards - Odissi Dance By Alpana Nayak From Delhi
7:30pm onwardsYesu Mahimalu By Kranthi Cultural Association
3:30pm onwards - Thambura Katha By M Ramulu
6:30pm onwards - Classical Dance By Saritha
3:30pm onwards - Dappulu By P Kashamma
6:30pm onwards - Vocal Music By Srinivasa Raju & Group
6:30pm onwards - Instrumental Music By Sridharacharya
3:30pm onwards - Pallesuddulu By Janapada Kala Brundam
6:30pm onwards - Kuchipudi By R Sudhakar
3:30pm onwards - Kolatam By Goverdhan
6:30pm onwards - Kuchipudi By Soumya & Group
3:30pm onwards - Thappeta Gullu By Adinarayana & Group
6:30pm onwards - Kuchipudi By Ramgopal Reddy & Group
3:30pm onwards - Kolatam By Kodali Srinu
6:30pm onwards - Folk Dance By Vidyadhara Chary
3:30pm onwards - Dappulu By Rama Chandraiah & Group
6:30pm onwards - Ayyappa Swamy Bhajan By Murali Mohan Guruswamy
3:30pm onwards - Gondu Dance By G Jashuva & Group
6:30pm onwards - Kuchipudi By Ravi Kumar & Party
Shilparamam entry charges of Rs. 20 per adult and Rs. 10 per kid are applicable. Please contact the venue at 2310-0455 for further details.