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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Diwali Shopping At Dastkar Bazaar | Diwali Mela In 2016 | Festival

Lights will guide you to Dastkar Bazaar, which is all festooned with the finest of craftworks around the theme, ‘Festival of Lights’ to brighten the lives of people. Ceramics, Trinkets, Decorative Items, Home Furnishing, Handicrafts, Ethnic Garb, and Souvenirs displayed in the carnival are manicured and mortised by the talented crafts groups from across 29 states of India to dish up the contemporary taste without compromising on time-honoured grace. Looking at them, one cannot help but sing the praises of the artistry innate in rustic cloisters of our country.
It was great getting to know the passionate artisans, who have contributed some of the most exquisite craft, one has rarely spotted. India Heritage Desk tried to bring forth their beauty and appeal in few megapixels.

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These Sanjhi Art Tree Life Lamps are laboured with love by Adhya Crafts. They feature a tree in stencil-like precision that appears complete, no matter what side you are seeing them from.

Also, cull out the prettiest lanterns, diyas and candleholders…

These earthly and refined Ceramics and Pottery Items are chiseled by the outstanding ceramic artists from Khurja, a tiny city in Uttar Pradesh. The lead-free pieces of art including a coffee mug, planter, soap dispenser or vase are a perfect choice to dazzle the homes.

The range of Soaps, Cleansers, Masks, Mists and Foot Soaks by Spa Veda  are made with completely pure and organic extracts. These assure a gentle kiss of nature for that glowing skin.

The Hand-woven Tussar Silk, Matka Silk, Jamdani, South Cotton, Zari Garments, along with Crochet, Stone, Silver, Beads, & Boho Jewellery, exhibit the elegance incarnate in the hands of our artisans. From the designs, motif, texture, and feel, everything about them are on point.
The Home Furnishing stacked by Sasha Association for Craft Producers in this year’s Dastkar Bazaar is just the thing to glam up the homes in Diwali season. It is elaborately hand-stitched by the rural women of Bengal.
Or you can go green this Diwali with these endearing Coconut Shell Creations and Decorative Items
The vibrant spirit of festival is incomplete without the sweet exchange of gifts, and the bazaar has some tempting Gifting Options ranging from Statues, Paper Mache Items, Stationary, etc.
Art is the essence of our country, and artisans, the entity who strive year by year to put something exclusive to the global palate and leave the spectators flabbergasted. Kudos to them! With such talent and pace, in no time soon we will witness the handicraft sector of India as an economic mainstream in the competitive world.
Without paying hefty, one can infuse stately elegance to their homes and lives. The gates of Dastkar Bazaar are open to public view till 26th October 2016. Do not stay aloof from this beautiful art!

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Music of Maharashtra

From centuries, Music has been a string that connects together communities, and forges & evolves their unique identity. The exquisite beats and sounds in any genre of music spawn the unique sensations that manifest themselves into different reactions. It can be a potion to soothe the tumultuous mind, or an envoy of love in the soundless tides. Music can be deeply human and at the same time, deeply cultural as well, for – like languages – there are many forms of music.  They are often recreated and restructured for different society, region, and religion. So, how the state of Maharashtra could remain stripped of it?

Apart from the holy people and colorful traditions, since 12th to 18th century AD the state belongs to a rich tradition of folk songs, poetry, and music, which are:
  • Natya Sangeet: Belonging to a legacy of almost 200-year-old tradition, it is a semi-classical musical form that looks a lot like a Musical Opera in the western tradition. Its influx made music accessible to the common man, which was formerly the cartel of crowned heads. The themes ranged from romance, religion, bravery to Marathi legends. The consideration to raga and theatrical elements grabs the interest of the addressees. 
  • Powada: Emerged in late 17th century, it is Marathi poetry written in the ballad style. It was a popular entertainment source for the village folks. It started with the narration of a thrilling episode of Shivaji assassinating his foe Afzal Khan, and other historical events. Shahirs aka Powada singerslater formed a guild called Gondhalis. The resonant singing and histrionic acting are the quintessence of it. 
  • Tamasha: During Peshwa period of Maratha Empire in the 18th century, this theatrical entertainment form came into being. Its amusing music and dance energized the spirits of the locals. The music draws its influence from many Indian art forms and traditions such as Kaveli, Ghazals, Kirtan, Lavani, Dashavatara, Kathak, etc. Performed in two styles i.e. Dholki Bhaari and Sangeet Baari, this form was generally associated with traveling theater groups called Kolkata. Loud humor and suggestive lyrics are its soul. 
  • Keertan: Dawn of Bhakti Movement in Maharashtra under the headship of Saint Poets like Dnyaneshwar, amdev, Tukaram, Jani and Soyara has given rise to this devotional form of music. It believed in the fusion of Bhakti (devotion) with Jnana (knowledge) for oneness with the God. Sung in solo and group, Keertan is generally practiced in 3 traditions i.e. Naradiya Keertan, Waarkari Keertan, and Ramdasi Keertan. Unfussy rustic feel, utter frankness, and self-revelation are its innate qualities. 
  • Community Songs: Bhaleri is uncommon tunes particular to a society that lightens the mood of farmers at work, or, people in a social gathering. Town ladies croon Owi at daybreak to narrate the tales of mother’s or spouse’s home. Palane, a lullaby is quite common to put infants to sleep. Also, the unique songs are played at the halad and ghana ceremonies in marriage by Suvasinis. The simple tunes linger in minds for long. 
  • Instrumental Music: Sweet sounds of the world famous musical instrument, Sitar found its origin in the ‘town of music’Miraj from Sangli district of Maharashtra. Besides, the trumpet-like instrument, Tutari is played in the convention of palkhi in Maharashtra to exhibit the royal arrival or the message of triumph loudly. Owing to its flexibility, Tutari is viewed as a political symbol nowadays.
 Maharashtra Festival

Music Festivals like Banganga Festival, Pune Festival, Latur Festival, Ellora Festival, Sangeet Shankar Darbaar, organized annually are a sight to catch. Besides, this prevents our traditional art forms from waning out.

Durga Puja : Celebration of World Peace

Being a melting pot to multifarious cultures, Delhi has made it bliss for the Bengalis and non Bengalis by hosting a glimmering array of Durga Puja under the same sky. The organisers have introduced the innovative themes and designs of pandals to amplify the merriment.
One of them is Maitri Mandir Durga Puja Samiti in Safdurjung area of South Delhi, which has dabbled the opulence of Palais Garnier – the famous Opera House of France. The stunning Neoclassical structure, in colour scheme of red, gold and off white, is put up in a month in the budget of whopping 40 lac INR. The massive idol of Goddess Durga is intricately fabricated from the clay by award-winning sculptor Pradip Rudra Pal from Kolkata. The cascading staircases in oval shaped hall let the people gaze upon fellow devotees, while the golden roof and chandeliers keep the attendees transfixed.
During dawn hours, the melodious sounds of Bhajans and homas serenade the ambiance. Rest of the day, magic of dandiya, contests and live gigs takes over. The seven-membered troop of Dhakis (percussionists) lead by Gokul Das, and Bengali folk crooner Aarko Mukherjee are the major highlights from the festivities.
Without the mention of food, Durga Puja festivities are incomplete. The committee unfailing filled the appetite of devotees by churning out the delicacies of Indian, Mughlai and Bengali flavors in the vast number of stalls.
In Durga Puja, we celebrate  the victory of Maa Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura. On the same note, the Opera House theme epitomises respite from every evil force in the world in the times when bombing, attacks, death and terrorism have become a common talk, believes Debashish Saha, the general secretary.
Also, it is a beautiful commemoration of the golden jubilee of Maitri Mandir Puja Committee.