Reflecting the dexterity of Indian craftsmen and the diversity of the Indian handicrafts, the second edition of Sargolsav, the annual crafts and arts festival organised under the aegis of the Sargalaya Kerala Arts and Crafts Village, began at Vadakara on Sunday.
Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar inaugurated the fair, which is expected to attract both domestic and international tourists.
This edition of the fair to which eminent artistes from various parts of the country have been invited is being organised with direct support of the Tourism Department. Twelve States have sent their delegates to the crafts village to showcase their exclusive crafts for tourists.
The organising committee said 80 craftsmen from other States will display their products. The delegates include women and 100 craftsmen from Kerala. Special accommodation has been provided to all the participating members in and around the crafts village.
Till January 21
The exhibition will go on till January 21 with various cultural programmes and entertainment facilities for the visitors. Live demonstrations, camps for painters and sculptors, theme-based paintings, competitions for children, national crafts seminar, and celebrity painters’ meet are some of events planned.
Facilities will be made for boating in the Moorad river. Two motorboats have been brought to the venue for the purpose.
Prestigious organisations such as the National Institute of Design, Kerala State Institute of Design, Indian Institute of Craft and Design, and Kerala State Science and Technology Museum will participate in the two-week long fair.
J.K. Rajesh, general manager of the crafts village, said the organising committee expected over two lakh people to visit the fair venue. The expected expense for hosting the event was Rs.40 lakh, of which a large part would be mobilised through sponsors.
The craft village management has approached the State government to sanction a special fund under the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival project for supporting the event. The proposal is likely to win government nod, officials in charge of the fair said.