Grand opening of SCZCC’s Orange City Craft Mela, Folk Art Fest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jan 2018 10:18:02

Staff Reporter,

Orange City Craft Mela has its own unique charm. The SCZCC premises wore a festive look with richly laid out stalls of artifacts from ladies clothes, hand bags leather footwear to metal work , idols of Gods, sculptures ideally suited for the spacious drawing rooms, those with a green bent of mind can also buy artificially crafted potted Miniature plants, that provides a refreshing sight. Then there are artificial flowers, huge pots and pans, flower pans, colourful Pottery with table top bowls and chutney pots, tea mugs, garden chinaware, Bed spreads and cushion covers with different pleasantly coloured hues, wall hangings, coloured beads, Kurti and Kurtas, room refreshners with herbal oils. For the foodies, there is a food court that has plenty of Veg and Non Veg, spiced to suit one’s palate.

The entire ambiance bears a festive look as one finds folk artists putting up live performances in open spaces between stalls.The evening Folk dances were a sight to behold with the Bhagoria dance of Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir’s Rauf dance, Chattisgarh’s Kaksar dance, Bundelkhand’s Raie dance, Tripura’s Hojagiri, Odisha’s Gubgudu dance, and Uttar Pradesh’s Mayur dance. SCZCC deserves kudos for having redesigned the open air stage, adding more rustic rural charm with the huts, the Scarecrow, the Khatiya and the hanging Hurricane lantern. A Cow and Calf adjacent to a stack of hey, instead of two other huts that block view of the temple in the foreground would have been ideal. However, the hard work of the SCZCC staff showed everywhere.

Earlier, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, accompanied by Guardian Minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule and Mayor Nanda Jichkar inaugurated the programme. Gadkari in his speech praised artists and artisans for their splendid show and showcasing of their talent and skill in the Mela and festival. He said, “Indian art and culture is something that has surprised the world. We have a lot of hidden talent that needs to be promoted and such events provide a platform.” Also present were Senior Administration and Accounts officer Sudarshan Patil, Programme officers Deepak Patil, Deepak Kulkarni, Shashank Dande, PRO Gannesh Thorat. Shweta Shelgaonkar, the adroit anchor did a fine job in conducting the programme.

Gadkari urges Bawankule to pursue issue of Handloom, Handicraft varsity 

Union Minister for Shipping and Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari, while speaking during the inaugural of the SCZCC Craft mela and Folk art fest, urged Guardian Minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule to take up the issue of forming a handloom and Handicraft University at Wardha on war footing, with Finance Minister Sudhir Munganatiwar.

Gadkari informed the Guardian Minister that the matter has been discussed with Mungantiwar and he has to follow it up. This will provide a boon to artists and artisans of the region to excel and show case their skill.