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Exhibition of handicrafts from Shantiniketan

Exhibition of handicrafts from Shantiniketan
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Exhibition of handicrafts from Shantiniketan. Rupasi Bangla, a festival of Bengali crafts, culture and cuisine, is being celebrated at Shilparamam. The fest is organised by Swayambhar NARI, Kolkata, with assistance from AP Tourism and Cultural Department.

Rupasi Bangla, a festival of Bengali crafts, culture and cuisine, is being celebrated at Shilparamam. The fest is organised by Swayambhar NARI, Kolkata, with assistance from AP Tourism and Cultural Department.

The festival was formally inaugurated by Chandana Khan, special chief secretary, Government Tourism and Culture, on Thursday.
Rupasi Bangla would celebrate the essence of being a Bengali and the fest would continue till February 10. Named after the famous poem of Bengal’s poet Jibanananda Das, Rupasi Bangla would showcase the rich cultural heritage of Bengal through handicrafts, music and famed Bengali cuisine.
Batik, kantha stitch, hand painting, block printed sarees, wood work, embroidered kurtas and other garments, patachitra, dokras, sea shell ornaments, jute bags, chappals, mats from Sabang and Midnapur, would be on display at the fest.
Designer and artistic mats are something to be checked out at the Rupasi Bangla. The light weight mats, woven from golden grass, are unique. They are painstakingly woven by artisans. It takes two artisans, six months of time, to weave a mat. One can even design the mat with their photograph on it. They are available for anywhere between Rs 2,500 to Rs 25,000.
About 20 stalls would sell Bengali crafts and artefacts. A photo exhibition on eco-tourism would also be organised. Bengali food and ‘Pitha’ (type of cake, dimsum or bread), would be served.
Rupasi Bangla started in the year 2001 at Hyderabad. The festival is an ideal platform for artisans to interact. It promotes Bengal, not just among other states, but also among the Bengali Diaspora.
Uttamdas Baul, from Suripara, Bolpur, would be presenting the famous Baul song along with the assistance of Gourdas. 73-year-old Subaldas Boiragyo would perform the colourful Bahurupi (a man who can change his makeup to be present in different characters). Paresh Kumar and his team would also enchant the audience with Chou dance from Purulia, Bengal. They would perform a colourful mask dance of Mahisasur Badh. There would be a rare opportunity to collect some masks too.
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