Special Story: 10th Chandigarh National Crafts Mela

Special Story: 10th Chandigarh National Crafts Mela

The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photos By T S Bedi

Chandigarh The eighth day of the National Crafts Mela organised by the department of cultural affairs and North Zone Cultural Center, Patiala, saw a huge turn out as the ethnic handicrafts and folk dances attracted the crowd in huge numbers.

The show pieces from Bastar, Chhattisgarh, made out of Bell metal are receiving a lot of shoppers on account of the intricate ethnic designs. The incense sticks from Braj Kanti, Chandigarh are a must buy. The handlooms from different states are attracting female buyers. Be it bedsheets from Surendernagar, Gujarat or the brocade and silk from Benaras. The silk and pashmina stoles and woollen suits along with Kullu jackets are being sought after at the onset of winters. Not to miss the Tussar silk sarees from Chhattisgarh and the Dhakai Jamdani from Bangladesh. The jewellery designed by the tribal women from Telangana has given a competition to that from Gujarat and the modern day designs from Chandigarh.

The carpets from Badhoi, Uttar Pradesh are put on sale to attract the buyers. Not to forget the glass lamps from Rajasthan and the embroidered decorative umbrellas from Gujarat.


The visitors had a glimpse of a variety of folk dances on Day-8. The dancers from Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, presented ‘Dhediya’. The dance is performed to welcome Lord Ram to Ayodhya on his return from the exile. The artists from Rohtak performed Dhamal. The dance is presented on the occasion of festivals.

The Kachhi Ghodi dancers from Tonk, Rajasthan, entertained the shoppers and remained the centre of attraction. The Nagada group from Haryana made everyone shake a leg while Baazigars from Punjab continued to amaze the visitors of all ages with their Kartabs (act).


The Sidi Dhamal dancers from different cities of Gujarat are luring a lot of art lovers.  Originally known as Sidi Goma the dance is performed on the ‘Urs’ of Hazrat Mubarak Nobi popularly known as Baba Gore. The Saint is believed to belong to Habas, the modern day Ethiopia.

The entire community pay reverence to the Saint by dancing during the festival.

The artists from Gir, Jamnagar, Baroda, Rajkot and many other cities from Gujarat gather to form the Sidi Goma group when invited for a performance.

They have enthralled the audience in India as well as abroad. They have been travelling to Adisababa, London, Glasgow, Sydney and many more cities on the globe. They have also performed at the Moers Festival in Berlin.

According to Sidi Farook Umar their ancestors came to Rander port in Gujarat for selling goods mostly precious stones. Some are believed to be brought from Ethiopia as soldiers and support staff by the ‘riyasat’ of Junagarh some 750 years ago. The community is also dwelling at Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

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