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Come, experience a confluence of art, culture, food at Dilli Haats

delhi Updated: Oct 08, 2010 01:19 IST
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If you haven't been to Dilli Haat for a long time, here's an opportunity to enjoy cuisine from various countries, buy products from across India and swing to the music from different Indian and international troupes at both Dilli Haat INA and Dilli Haat Pitampura.

As scores of athletes and tourists from participating nations descend in the Capital for the Games, INA Market venue hosting the 'Festival of India' and Pitampura hosting the 'International Festival of Dance and Music' have been decked up for visitors.

At Pitampura, you can enjoy Chapli Kebab from Pakistan, Teriyaki Chicken Soup and Kharai Chicken Rice from Japan and
Veg/Chicken Khow Suey from Burma along with authentic dishes from China, Malaysia, Thailand, Tibet and Italy, although the stall managers are candid that chefs are Indians.

Except at the Pakistan food stall where Pakistani Chef Shahnawaz doles out mouth-watering Chapli Kebab and Lahore Ki Shami.

"Crowds are lesser at day time, but the place is abuzz in the evenings. Not just Indians, lot of foreigners too have visited our stalls," said Sanjeev Kumar, proprietor of Rahim's mughlai Food, who have brought in Shahnawaz.

Indian cuisines include Manipur's Eromba, different varieties of Hyderabad Biryanis and Kulfis from Ludhiana.
Evenings witness more footfalls as bands from United Kingdom, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Nepal enthrall the visitors.

At the Dilli Haat in INA Market, be it block printing from Madhya Pradesh, Pashmina shawls from Kashmir or kantha stitch at the West Bengal stall, one can buy textiles of a variety of designs and patterns showcased by national award winning artisans.

One of the eye-catching stalls is that of a leather puppet stall from Andhra Pradesh, a traditional craft practiced by Arc Marata Community. Puppets of mythical figures like Ram and Sita, animal figures or any intricate design are crafted out using skin of dead animals and vegetable dyes. Few stalls away, Jaipur's Niru Chabbra displays her skill of writing on rice.

Besides, the highlight is a day dedicated to a particular state whose artists light up the evening with cultural programmes.