This mela celebrates the Earth day today and tomorrow with a host of activities such as film screenings, a music concert, puppetry, workshops and art-music imaging. An added attraction at the mela, which is organised by the American Center in collaboration with the Kriti team, Cinedarbaar, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association, is the Earth Craft Bazaar. It will offer eco-friendly creations for sale. “The mela is an effort to promote America’s commitment to reversing global warming,” says Donald Maynard, assistant cultural affairs officer, American Center. An Earth Cafe will be set up where you can pick up fresh food and drinks. Catch the screening of the film — Earth (9:30am today). Don’t miss the puppet performance by Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, directed by Dadi Pudumjee (6:30pm today).
Red Earth Design Mela
If you want to collect some organic items for your wardrobe and home, then visit this two day mela that kicks off tomorrow. The fair, which is being organised as part of the Spring Festival 2012 by Red Earth, will have stalls put up by 10 organisations that sell and promote organic and offbeat items. “This is the second edition of the mela. This time, we have a team of young designers. The whole idea is to be conscious of quality and strengthen the community of designers and build a dialogue between them and the audience,” says Himanshu Verma of Red Earth. While at the mela, visit stalls such as that of Debarchan Rout for his artworks, Green the Gap for upcycled merchandise, Baby Baniya for quirky jewellery, Tota Maina Designs for hand crafted accessories and Delhi’s Gluten Free Kitchen for cakes and coffees, among others.
Where: Alliance Francaise de Delhi (Galerie Romain Roland), 72, Lodhi Estate
When: April 22-23
Timings: 11am onwards
For more info log on to: www.redearthindia.com
Catch it here
Where: American Center, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place
When: April 21 and 22
Timings: 9.30am onwards
Entry: Free with a photo id
For more info, log on to: www.aiacaonline.org
Also check out this mela...
If you get some time after visiting the Earth Day melas, why not visit a culturally rich mela in the city. The second edition of the week-long Bishnupur Festival at Dilli Haat presents the various facets of West Bengal, from hand-woven Baluchari and Swaranachari silk sarees to colourful dashabatar cards. On display at the festival are silk sarees with hand-woven embroidery as well as terracotta products bearing hallmarks of unique Bengal-style brick artistry, monuments, handicrafts, dashabatar cards and conch shell products. Cultural programmes are also being organised as part of the festival that feature performers from the Bishnupur gharana, as well as an ensemble of Bengali culture including Rabindrasangeet, Nazrulgeeti, drama performances, a fusion of instrumental music of tabla, Bangla dhol and shreekhol, and, rhythmic yoga. The mela is on till April 22. The nearest Metro station is INA on the yellow line.