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Taste of Marwar at desert state fair

- Tradition & trade keep weekend visitors busy

A Rajasthan fair organised at New Patna Club welcomed residents of the capital with the pet phrase Padharo maaro des (visit my state).

Based on the concept of greeting guests with warmth, animal and fish resources minister Giriraj Singh inaugurated the daylong fair on Sunday.

Around 50 stalls were put up at the club area, where hundreds had come to get a feel of the desert state, renowned for its rich culture and ethnic fashion.

Dancers dressed in traditional ghagra-cholis with lots of mirror work on them left the visitors spellbound. The dancers matched steps on the famous folk songs like Kesariya baalam and Dholna.

“The youngsters are more into partying in clubs and discs these days. This gave us the unique idea of Padharo Maaro Des, where everyone can come together and bask in the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan,” said Rakesh Kumar Agarwal, the secretary of Bihar Pradeshik Mardwadi Sammelan.

From brass to glass jewelleries the fair had everything for all, especially for the women visitors. Meena- and polka-embedded jewellery sold within hours of the opening of the fair. Jhumkas (earrings), anklets, neckpieces, jootis (embroidered and sequined slippers) were hot picks.

Bangles, embellished with small pearls, were a few items that the women seemed attracted to the most.

For a while, the visitors seemed to have adopted the Rajasthan culture as they tried everything that came their way at the fair. Mirror-fitted frames, personalised mugs and key rings had takers too.

The dipping temperature hardly had a knock-on effect on the zeal of the people.

Women even rolled up their sleeves to get the traditional mehndi done. At a distance from the stalls, a bonfire was seen warming up a few children and their guardians.

“Fairs in any season are welcome. Chilling cold or dry summer, fairs bring families and close friends together. We decided to come here to spend some quality time with the family,” said Madhu Srivastava, who was getting a mehndi done.

Children indulged in games like throw the ring, lucky dip, hit the coconut, car race and target the coin.

The children also went on camel and elephant rides on artificially created “desert” at the club. Golgappa and chaat in true Rajasthani flavour left a taste of Marwar for those who preferred to enjoy the weekend in Rajasthani-style.