Soul of Bengal is showcasing artistic creation in Matir Mela


News Desk, News Nation 360: The second edition of Matir Mela was inaugurated at Barasat.  Agnimitra Paul, eminent fashion designer and legislator; Tirtha Bhattacharya, celebrated folk singer were present on this occasion. This is the second edition of this fair where craftsmen and artisans across the Bengal participated. Last year Matir Mela was a four-day event, after overwhelming response this year the fair will be for ten days and artisans will be able to use this platform till 2nd January 2022. Matir Mela will feature creative products of clay, jute, handmade paper, plants, mats (sheetol paati), handmade perfume, Khadi, Saree, handmade jewellery etc. On this chilly winter evening, visitors will also get a chance to tickle with tastebud as the yummy Pithey-puli stall will serve typical Bengali delicacies. During these ten days, live Baul and Chau performances will add colour to this fair. ‘Gaacher Jonnyo Gaan’, a street-performing band will perform at this fair and they will spend the entire money collected from the listeners on a mangrove forest in Sundarbans. On an inaugural day, celebrated folk singer Tirtha Bhattacharya and his team will perform. Noted Rabindra Sangeet singer sisters Srabani Sen and Indrani Sen will also perform. Famous folk troupe Dohar will also perform. Theatre Group Lokokrishti will present their latest production on the Matir Mela stage. According to Sudeshna Bhattacharya, Founder Matir Mela, they have tried hard to accommodate these artisans, mostly unsung heroes of Bengali Art and Craft in this fair. It is a festive moment for creative people and art lovers. As we know this pandemic has left a deep scar in all of our lives, even these artisans are not in very good economic shape, so Matir Mela is here to play a pivotal role in socio-economic development too. Within our limited capacity this year we have accommodated 41 stalls and it is our commitment towards the splendid art and craft of Bengal. As we are trying to overcome this pandemic blues they are going to felicitate 10 ‘Covid-Warriors’. Few outstanding medical professionals will be felicitated during this fair. They are also planning to distribute blankets and some sarees to the destitute people around the Barasat town.

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Report : Anustup Kundu