Kolkata to host Marudhar Mela

Kolkata, Dec 17 : With the active support of the West Bengal's Department of Sports, Marwari Sanskriti Manch will organize "Marudhar Mela" - Amader Sanskriti Amader Gram in Kolkata.

The eight-day Mela would be held from Dec 24 to Dec 31 at Helipad Ground in Salt Lake Stadium.

The Mela will be followed by various cultural programmes by renowned artists from Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal and Mumbai.

Expressing his views, Bishambhar Newar, Veteran Journalist and the Inspiration behind Mela, said "The Helipad ground in Salt Lake Stadium will be decorated in such a way that it would look like 'Sonar Kella'. The ground will resemble a Rajasthani Village which includes Folk dance of Rajasthan, Camel Ride, Desert Safari, Puppetry and also special Marwari food at Chokhi Dhani."

On this occasion, West Bengal Sports and Transport Minister Madan Mitra said, "The aim of organizing this Marudhar Mela in West Bengal is to blend the Culture of Rajasthan & Haryana with the rich heritage of West Bengal and to connect today's youth with their tradition and culture. 'Marudhar Mela' showcases the vitality and energy of Rajasthani culture with live performances in the stunning surroundings where everyone can come together and bask in the festivities which celebrate our rich culture and tradition that brings traditional touches of Rajasthan in town."

Speaking to the media, Lalit Kr. Prahladka, President of Marwari Sanskriti Manch said, "The highlight of 'Marudhar Mela' is the performances by Over 150 Artists from Rajasthan & Haryana to perform Kalbelia Dance, Ghoomar Dance, Badmer Gher Dance & many such exciting traditional performances. We have added Bengal's Internationally Acclaimed Chhau Nritya to be performed by renowned artists from Purulia. We are really very thankful to the Government of West Bengal for supporting us in this event."

Expressing his views, Bipin Newar, Vice-President of Marwari Sanskriti Manch said, "There would be special creation of Disneyland & ATV tracks for the Kids alongwith 8 Camels, 5 White Horses, Bullock-Cart & a Special Chariot available for rides. The Sonar Kella would be one of the major attractions among the masses."

The meals will be served inside cottages that have been covered with colourful cloth, symbolic of Rajasthan.

Those serving the cuisine would be dressed in traditional attire and the dishes too are recipes straight from the desert.

--IBNS (Posted on 17-12-2013)

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