Bazaar - 2001, an annual affair of the State
concluded recently at Necklace Road provided a perfect
venue for many artisans from across the nation to
display their ware. People of the twin cities also
got an opportunity to buy the art works of super
craftsmanship. The ten day Crafts Bazaar-2001 that
was held at Necklace Road attracted huge crowds.
by A.P. Handicrafts Development Corporation
and sponsored by the Union Ministry of Textiles
and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts),
the crafts bazaar had provided a lot to the craftlovers.
About 150 artisans form a dozen States put nearly
135 stalls and offered people a wide range of crafts.
"The venue is really spacious. People of
the twin cities thronged the venue on all days not
only to buy the crafts but also to experience the
beautiful surroundings of the lake," said
Avneet Bhai from Gujarat who displayed wood
carvings in the exhibition. "The crafts
available here are affordable and it is like a buyer's
paradise," said S. Anuradha, a Gym
instructor who visited the exhibition.
jute and bamboo products from West Bengal, lovely
Madhubani paintings from Bihar, wood carvings and
textiles from Gujarat, leather products and
aesthetic jewellery from Kashmir and artistic
textiles from distant Assam were some of
the handicrafts displayed in the crafts bazaar.
The stall that displayed
the exquisite Tanjore art works got great response
from the public. There were many art works made
aesthetically by a well known art director, Kesavan.
Among his other works, the 8-foot tall framed work
of Lord Venkateswara priced at Rs. 1 lakh
and 5-foot tall Lord Krishna caught every
one's eye. "There is a lot of demand for
Tanjore paintings nowadays. The gold coated paintings
will add new attraction to the rooms. Although,
I have received many awards from the Government
for my works, but I'll get the real pleasure only
when art lovers praise my work and buy it with much
happiness," said Kesavan.
from our State displayed in the exhibition included
terracotta, Kalamkari works, lace items from Narsapur,
lamps made of brass sheets and sarees from Siddhipet,
Narayanpet, exclusive dress material from Chirala
and Mangalagiri. All were there for discerning
eye to chance upon, regardless of the dent it would
make on the purse.