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Monday , December 24 , 2012
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Curtains on Marwari fair

Ranchi’s Zilla School ground resembled a mini Rajasthan for three days as a Marwari Mahotsav, which ended on Sunday, showcased the cultural diversity of the desert state.

The decorations, food, music and artefacts on display were steeped in the flavours of the colourful state and visitors to the fair were spoilt for choice. Organised by the Marwari Mahila Manch, the annual event brought the Marwari community together in presenting Rajasthan’s rich cultural tradition.

“Our main aim is to reach out to as many people as possible so that they can enjoy Rajasthan’s rich cuisine, music and handicraft,” said member of the association Chanda Agarwal.

To lend the authentic touch, organisers were attired in Rajasthani costumes as they managed the event and visitors were seen buying Rajasthani puppets, relishing items like dal bati churma, lassi, moong dal halwa, missi roti and gatte ki sabzi.

“We visited Rajasthan last year. The ambience here reminds us of that trip. We bought a jharoka, photo frames with minakari work, and a Shehnai set for our living room,” said visitor Reena Sahay.

A queue could be seen outside a kiosk where people could dress up in traditional attire and have their photographs taken. “Over the last three days, as many as 200 visitors have had their pictures taken for Rs 50 each,” said stall in-charge Sunil Kumar.

Suman Rajgaria could not hide her elation after doing brisk business with her designer blouses priced at Rs 550 each. “I sold 200 pieces, which was not expected,” she said.

In another corner of the fair, the swirling grace of traditional dancers from Rajasthan had the visitors mesmerised. “It’s mind blowing the way the women balanced themselves,” said an awe struck Mohan Kumar.

One of the organisers, Vishnu Rajgadia, expressed satisfaction with the overall response. “The 40 varieties of Rajasthani cuisine on offer were greatly appreciated by the visitors,” he said.