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Through the corridors of craft

A MINI-INDIA in all its homespun splendor seems to have descended at Gauhar Mahal. Quite often, visitors to the national craft bazaar are in dilemma as they enter from one corridor to another, viewing the exquisite works of craft from places like Lucknow, Moradabad and Patna.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 14:48 IST

A MINI-INDIA in all its homespun splendor seems to have descended at Gauhar Mahal. Quite often, visitors to the national craft bazaar are in  dilemma as they enter from one corridor to another, viewing the exquisite works of craft from places like Lucknow, Moradabad and Patna.

The Madhya Pradesh Handicraft and Handloom Development Corporation has organised the bazaar where craftsmen and artistes from various parts of the country have participated. One would find a range of specialities from these places in the corridors of the historical building.

Here you can find an amazing range of beautiful carpets for a reasonably affordable price of Rs 650. You also have on display a variety of famous Mithila paintings from Patna for sale, ranging from Rs 200 upwards.

Well, if you visit the bazaar just for a casual look, do carry some cash, as the fine collection of the bazaar would definitely entice you to buy something.

On sale and display is the famous metal work art-pieces of Moradabad. Also out for vending are prominent jute craft of Bareily and the extremely alluring lac bangles of Sambalpur. The bazaar has on offer celebrated ‘chikankari’ of Lucknow too.

Craft is also synonymous with cultural heritage of the country, and keeping in line with the tradition, the organisers have planned a range of cultural activities to be showcased at the Gauhar Mahal in the evenings.

So, for those who are not interested in purchasing, there is a score of cultural events lined up till April 10, ranging from ‘qawwali’ to folk dances and musical recitals.