Rajasthani Mela kicks off in Kolkata
The City of Joy, situated at the heart of West Bengal, famous for inculcating cultural rendezvous, now get the essence of Rajasthani culture which is organized by Saltlake Lok Sanskriti at Nicco Park as Rajasthani Mela "Aapno Gaon".
The opening ceremony of the 8 day long Rajasthani Mela was held on yesterday December 24,in the presence of dignitaries like Minister of State for Sports and Transport Madan Mitra, Mr Sujit Basu, MLA, Chairperson of Bidhannagar Municipality Krishna Chakraborty, President of Saltlake Lok Sanskriti Lalit Kr Prahladka, Secretary of Saltlake Lok Sanskriti Sandeep Garg and many others.
The mela will be on till December 31 late night followed by various cultural programmes by renowned artists from Rajasthan, Haryana and Mumbai.
The big lawn of Nicco Park is decorated and looks like 'Banga Bhumi Mein Marubhumi'. The lawn resembles a small Rajasthani village which includes Folk dance of Rajasthan, Camel Ride, Desert Safari, Bhool-Bhulaiyan, Puppetry and also special Rajasthani food at 'Chokhi Dhaani'.
On this occasion, Mr Pradeep Agarwal and Mr Shree Kant Ladia, Convenors of Saltlake Lok Sanskriti said, "The aim of organizing this Rajasthani Mela in West Bengal is to bring to light the Rajasthani culture and to connect today's youth with their tradition and culture.
"Aapno Gaaon" showcases the vitality and energy of Rajasthani culture with live performances in the stunning surroundings which brings traditional touches of Rajasthan in the town." 'Aapno Gaaon' was conceptualized in the year 2004. After its huge success in the last 8 years and overwhelming response from all corners, this year also Mela has been organised at the Nicco Park (Big Lawns), Salt Lake.
It's a recreation of a village of Rajasthan/Haryana and replica of 'CHOKHI DHAANI', with performances by internationally famed folk artists. The Mela is organized with active support of the Govt. of Rajasthan, Haryana and West Bengal.
The highlight of 'Aapno Gaaon' is the authentic cuisine of Rajasthan,namely Dal-Baati-Churma, Baajre Ki Roti, Gwarfali ki Sabji, Gatte ki Sabji, Raabri, Maalpoa, Gond Paak,which is prepared by Royal Maharaj (cooks) from Rajasthan and served by popular Rajasthani 'Manuhar',a traditional way of pampering guests.
The foodies are in for a lavish treat at the "Chokhi Dhaani", or kitchen of the fair. The meals are being served inside cottages that have been covered with colourful cloth, symbolic of Rajasthan. Those serving the cuisine are dressed in traditional attire and the dishes too are recipes straight from the desert.
Children can have a good time on the rides that have been put up, or sliding down the sand dunes or riding the camels and the bullock carts. Donkeys are also doing the rounds and are adding to feel of the ambiance.