The Saras Mela being held at the Rose Garden Plaza here entered its sixth day on Thursday.
Varinder Kumar Sharma, additional deputy commissioner (D), said that in five days of the mela, products worth more than Rs 44 lakh have been sold.
He said that people from adjoining districts such as Faridkot, Muktsar, Fazilka and Mansa are coming to the mela. More than 60,000 tickets have been sold out in five days of the festival whereas 60,000 students were allowed free entry.
The mela witnessed various folk and tribal dances of different states by professional dancers as well as Punjabi folk
dances by school and college students of the district on Thursday.
Students from Government Primary School, Bangi Nihal Singh Wala; Government Primary School, Pakka Kalan; Government Primary School Jhumba and Government Primary School, Jai Singh Wala, performed group dances, choreography and skits in morning the session. Girl students from Mata Sahib Kour Girls College from Talwandi Sabo also showed their skills of traditional marshal art 'gatka'.
The morning session performances are being performed under the supervision of Raghbir Singh Mann, assistant director, youth services department, whereas evening performances are being performed under the stewardship of Ravinder Sharma of the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala.
Dr Basant Garg, deputy commissioner, Bathinda, visited the mela with Gurpreet Singh Maluka, chairman, Zila Parishad, Bathinda, and Parampal Kaur Maluka, deputy director, panchayat and rural development department. Dr Garg appreciated the creations of various artists put on display at the mela.
Women dancers from Kashmir performed Kashmiri folk dance 'Ruff' and, later on, Sukhwinder Sukhi, Punjabi folk singer, presented songs. On Friday, the famous qawwal Sardar Ali will perform at 7:30 pm.
UP's Sultan Ahmed set an example of honesty by returning a purse containing Rs 3,000 to Assam's Zaheer Khan who had lost it. The purse was given back in the presence of ADC (D) Varinder Sharma. Sultan Ahmed was given a cash prize of Rs 1,000.