We take you on a vivacious journey of some famous fairs and festivals in India that will make you long to be a part of them.
India is a land of hues with festivities all the year round. Celebrations galore on every occasion here and fairs abound all the year round. Fairs and festivals bear the finest testimony to the vivacity of life in India. Art fairs and festivals particularly celebrate art and the sparkle and dynamism that it infuses into life. Some festivals that honour and motivate art and craft in India are as follows:
Surajkund: Surajkund is a lake in Faridabad, Haryana, in the backdrop of which every spring season a colourful traditional art and crafts fair takes place. Since its inception in 1987, this fair exhibits a rich diversity of traditional art work, handicrafts and handlooms.
Dilli Haat: Dilli Haat is an open craft market administered by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation. Started in 1994 to encourage art and craft, now it promotes art in every form.
Kala Ghoda: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival celebrates arts in the form of fine arts, crafts, literature, theatre, dance and music. It takes place in February for nine days every year and draws visitors in large numbers. Toshali: This craft fair is organized in Bhubaneshwar in December every year. It promotes besides art and craft, the work of local artisans and craftsmen besides stalls showcasing art and craft from other states as well.
Dastkar: A fair that was started by an NGO Dastkar in Delhi and is held annually. The fair exhibits the work of craftsmen and artisans from over 22 states. The fair also includes interesting workshops and demonstrations by the artisans.
Pushkar: This five days’ fair held in Pushkar, Rajasthan, is famous as the largest cattle fair in the world. Additionally, the fair promotes folk music and dances, magic shows, horse and camel races and various other traditional entertainment competitions.
Poush Mela: This annual three-day fair takes place in Shantiniketan and marks the harvest season in the beginning of January with 1500 participants. Besides traditional art and craft by local artisans, the festival includes folk songs, dances and tribal sports.
Rann Utsav: This festival takes place between November and February. To experience the diversity of tradition and the creative ingenuity of artisans and craftsmen along with enchanting folk music and performances, you must visit this wonderful festival in Kutch, Gujarat.
Taj Mahotsav: This ten-day long annual festival in Agra celebrates art, craft, culture and cuisine in Taj Mahal, one of the seven great wonders of the world. This one of its kind festival in the country showcases the talent of more than 300 artisans.
These art fairs and festivals do more than showcase art and craft in subtle forms; they celebrate life in all its wonderful colours! You must visit these festivals to be a part of these amazing festivities!