Aura of Punjab

first_imgIn an attempt to showcase and celebrate the spirit of Punjab, Concept 1469 and Art Historian Dr Alka Pande are coming together for the third edition of ‘Mela Phulkari 3: Threads of Punjab’ which will be held in the national Capital.The festival which will begin on April 7 will have a variety of events that will be different from previous editions as the attempt is to showcase the vivid daily life, the fabulous Punjabi food and a fun-filled lifestyle of this state. With three-dimensional evocative artworks and many other aspects, the festival will celebrate the myriad facets of different crafts. All these put together the essence of the state of Punjab, its vibrancy and its jovial hospitality will be witnessed. The cultural extravaganza will host a series of book releases, talks, performances and demonstrations throughout the week. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On April 16, noted filmmaker Imtiaz Ali will talk through his cinema about Mela Phulkari accompanied by traditional performers from the hinterland of Punjab.The organisers have brought together talented artists, designers, photographers, craftsmen, who will bring in their own reading of Punjab, the land of Phulkari. Textile designer and artist, Gopika Nath’s ‘A Song on their Lips and a Needle to Thread’, will display embroidery traditions of Punjab through a photo collage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCelebrated photographer Bandeep Singh will showcase his representations, which were shot in Sangrur, a sleepy town which was once one of the princely states of India. ‘Chanan’ will be a garment installation by designer Anjali Kalia, inspired from the essence of Punjab through the various eras ranging from the emergence of Sikhism to contemporary interpretations of the same. ‘I Am Panjab/ Am I Panjab’ by Anupa Dasgupta remarks on the socio-cultural perspectives of past and present day Punjab.  Harinder Singh, Creative Director 1469, says : “No singular facet is synonymous with this land. Extending this idea forward, ‘Mela Phulkari 3: Threads of Punjab’ weaves various myriads of Punjab, resulting it to an experience which identifies, accepts and criticises Punjab’s past and current socio-cutural stories.”  ‘Jugni – Havaa Di Udaari’ an installation by Meghna Chowdhary, Srishty Bahl, Sushmita Mandal and Mansi Sharma speaks of young girls’ cheerfulness, her desires of freedom and joy – an escape from daily routine to celebrate as a way of living. ‘Laddoo Rani di Gaddi’ an installation by Chesta Nagar, Irum Khan, Neha Singla, Pranvi Kapoora and Shubhangi Chowdhary incorporates the flavour of rural Panjab with a twist of modernity and a focus on female education. ‘Trinjan Tambu’ by artists Harinder Singh, Amrita Mahindra and Simran Kharbanda will compare the patch work phulkari tent structure to Punjab’s daily nuances of life. Its open and slit panelled structure denotes the inclusiveness the culture promotes. Gadh jorh by Harinder Singh is a tribute to Punjab’s singers.Speaking about the event, Dr Alka Pande said:  “The idea of Mela Phulkari is to take the brand Phulkari to another level through the interrogation of the craft of phulkari. The socio cultural fabric of the state, the vibrancy, the myths and legends, the stories of women and the complexity of a woman’s dreams of rural Punjab are being transformed with the rapid development”.When: April 7-17 Where: Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre Timings: 10am – 8pmlast_img

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