The “Indian tattoo” or the mehendi stall at the Commonwealth Games Village has become an instant hit among the athletes and delegates. The eager customers also included male athletes.
“They recognise the mehendi as Indian tattoo and came looking for it when they saw the stall. Some of them are also familiar with the word henna. Most of the customers
were from England and Canada,” said a volunteer near the mehendi stall who helped the athletes in getting the art done on their body.
“I came here at 3 pm and within an hour I have put mehendi on the hands of 10 foreign athletes. Three of them were men. My hands are paining now. They were also curious about the art,” said Kehekshan, a mehendi artist from Daryaganj, who was invited to put up a stall at the Village by the authorities.
“My stall was crowded with customers within 10 minutes,” said Kehekshan. She said she was charging R100 for putting mehendi. Rajasthani designs and Commonwealth Games logo was the most sought after design.
“I got a permission to run the stall only for today. If I knew this was the response the stall would get I would have requested the authorities to give me some more time,” she said.
Another hit with the athletes was the ‘body paint’ in the adjacent stall. “Most of them got the word Commonwealth Games or its logo painted on their palms. There were also requests for bindis. When I told them we did not sell bindi,s they asked if I had spare ones. I was too happy to give them the ones in my bag,” said Bharti Dayal, a national award winner of 2006 for Madhubani art, who had been invited to put up her ‘body painting’ stall at the Village.