Udaipur : The splash of colors would make the concept of ‘Mini India’ come alive as over 600 folk artists and 800 craftsmen from 17 states would gather here to showcase their talents at the 26th edition of the Shilpgram Utsav , at Shilpgram-the rural arts and crafts complex, some 7 kilometers from Udaipur city.
The West Zone Cultural Center (WZCC) is all set to host the annual 10-day mega event from December 21onwards. The cultural extravaganza which is regarded one of the largest after the much famed Surajkund Fair in Haryana, is a much awaited event for the locals as wells as tourists who gather here in thousands everyday to absorb the cultural richness of the country.
“The Utsav is indeed a custodian of the heritage crafts involving use of traditional skills that are fading away due to machine made imitations, and a special section is earmarked for showcasing of these heritage crafts. offers its visitors a lifetime experience as it unfolds a wonderful range of textiles, paintings, wood stock, ivory work, pottery, terracotta, stonework, lac querware, cane and grass products” informed Furqan Khan, director, WZCC. Besides the crafts stalls audience would be enthralled to see various art forms like Dholu Kunthia of Karnataka, Khol Vadan (West Bengal), Talwar Ras, Dekhani & Samai (Goa), Gudum Baja & Panthi (Chattisgarh), Sambhalpuri & Gotipua (Odisha), Stick& Thangta (Manipur), Hozagiri and Mamita (Tripura), Kavadi Kadagham (Tamil Nadu) etc are to name a few. The performances would be showcased every evening at the open air theaters. The multi cuisine food courts would provide ethnic delicacies from all over the country which are immensely popular with the visitors. To engage the children in creative activities, mentors would train them in paper art, magic tricks and puppet plays.