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Bhimthadi Jatra: One of city’s biggest rural carnivals gets good response from Puneites

The Jatra is being organised at New Agriculture College Grounds, Shivajinagar from December 22 to December 25 from 10 am to 10 pm. 

pune Updated: Dec 23, 2017 15:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
People from Dahanu’s Warli tribe perform the Tarapa dance during the Bhimthadi Jatra at New Agriculture College ground on Friday.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Bhimthadi Jatra, one of Pune’s biggest rural carnivals, saw a huge gathering of visitors on Friday. They came to get a glimpse of the traditional items on sale and to indulge themselves in tasting indigenous food varieties from across the state.

Bhimthadi Jatra was inaugurated on Friday by Pune Police commissioner Rashmi Shukla. The Jatra is being organised at New Agriculture College Grounds, Shivajinagar from December 22 to December 25 from 10 am to 10 pm.

This four-day cultural carnival aims at introducing the rich authentic cuisines from across the state and helps in bridging the gap between rural and urban India.The Jatra is the brainchild of Sunandatai Pawar, who wanted to start this Jatra as a platform for rural women to display their products and produce.

Bhimthadi Jatra, this year, has a wide variety of handcrafted articles, ornaments, fabrics, showpieces and a wide range of spices and foods. There are over 339 stalls of food products and other materials at the shopping cum food fiesta.

When team Hindustan Times visited the Bhimthadi Jatra on Friday, people dressed in traditional attires were seen across the Jatra with many performing their traditional dances.

A visitor Amrita Shah said, "I am a working professional settled here since two years. I have heard a lot about the Bhimthadi Jatra and hence came to visit it this year. I really liked some of the sarees and pickles that were on display at the Jatra. Also, I have got a chance to taste some of the most authentic Maharashtrian food delicacies like modak which have made my visit truly enjoyable."

Another visitor Neeta Bhat said, "Food at Bhimthadi Jatra has always been the main attraction for me and my family. This year, there are also many traditional Aadivasi artwork items which are very good."

On Friday, a pottery workshop was conducted at 12 noon, while a saree draping workshop was held at 4 pm.One of the other major attractions at the Bhimthadi Jatra was the organic products on display which attracted a lot of Puneites.

Annadata festival

Bhimthadi Jatra also has ‘Annadata festival’ which is about organic food. The organic food festival will have 41 stalls, which include 36 stalls that will sale produce from farmers.

First Published: Dec 23, 2017 15:04 IST