Artistes from Bihar and West Bengal have designed replicas of monuments like the tomb of the multi-faceted Persian poet, jurist and theologian Rumi, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque for the three-day New Delhi Turkish Fest which opens at Select CityWalk mall in Saket on Friday.

These artistes have used a combination of wood, foam and leather to produce these replicas.

“To ensure that their pieces looked identical, organiser Indialogue Foundation bought smaller replicas and high resolution pictures of these monuments. Rakesh Singh and his team of designers took two months to construct these monuments,” said a spokesperson of the Turkish Embassy.

These monuments will familiarise Delhiites with the architectural heritage of the landlocked Eurasian country.

Organised by the Embassy of Turkey in partnership with Indialogue Foundation, the event seeks to popularise the heritage, art and cuisine of Turkey.

Apart from focusing on the cultural extravaganza, the festival will present traditional music and dance and art of the country which is an amalgamation of Islamic as well as Western cultures.

To beinaugurated by the Turkish Ambassador to India, Burak Akcapar, the festival will give visitors an opportunity to savour Turkish hospitality.

According to Turkish Embassy’s Culture and Tourism counsellor Ozgur Ayturk, a big contingent of performing artistes like musicians, dancers and entertainers, besides experts on cuisine and tourism, are coming all the way from Istanbul to create awareness about their country. “This year we are hosting the second edition. We plan to make this an annual festival. We will promote Turkey as a tourist destination but the main objective is to popularise our rich culture heritage.”

The festival will include performances by the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi, Turkish music and folk dance performances. Performance by Mehteran and the Ottoman Military Band, known as the oldest variety military marching band in the world, will be the other attractions.

Calligraphy demonstration where visitors can get their messages engraved on cards, key rings, plates and tablets will be another highlight of the three-day event.

A sumptuous treat awaits food lovers as the organisers have made arrangements for a wide array of gourmet Turkish dishes such as succulent kebabs, gozleme, borek, manti, besides Turkish tea and coffee. Those with a sweet tooth can dig into desserts such as baklava and Turkish delight.

“Some of the main ingredients have been brought all the way from Turkey but food preparation will be done in Delhi,” said an organiser.

Decorative Turkish pillows, tables, handicrafts and carpets will also be up for grabs.

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