Be it Benarasi saris or khadi kurtas, folk paintings or colourful ceramics, Jodhpur furniture or black pottery from the northeast, the Kala Madhyam Mela is the perfect venue to get lost in a maze of artistic expressions from across India.
The colourful mela, under way at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, boasts 125 stalls with craftspersons from around 22 States — a perfect opportunity for some retail therapy for a cause. Mariam Thomas, Program Director, said: “We have been conducting this mela for the past 11 years in the city. Initially, it was held to lend a platform to folk performances, but later we found the need to give exposure to folk art as well.”
Weavers, designers, craftspersons and artisans have found the mela to be a great opportunity to showcase their work.
Darmeshwar Bramha, whose stall has fusion outfits made with Assamese designs, said: “We get a lot of exposure and have received several orders from big stores in the city.”
Many of the exhibitors have been taking part in the mela for several years and have been tweaking their ware to cater to urban tastes.
Hasham B., a weaver from Benaras, said: “This is my second year here. I have come up with new ideas like Benarasi bed covers and table covers so that people have something new to buy from me.”
People of all ages and from different walks of life appeared to be impressed with the mela. Rohini Pisupati, a homemaker, has been visiting Kala Madhyam for three years. She said: “Every year there is something different that catches my eye.”
On the other hand, there were those looking for inspiration. Prasad M.N., an architect, said that he finds the mela to be an interesting venue to find new designs and ideas for home interiors.
The Mela, on till Sunday, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.