Fairs In Udaipur

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Rajasthan is a vibrant, exotic state in India where tradition and royal glory meet in a riot of colors against the vast backdrop of sand and desert. Referred to as the Desert Jewel of India, Rajasthan shimmers with even more vibrancy during the time of its colourful fairs and festivals. The desert glitters with the colors of joyous celebration and gay abandon with every fair and festival of Rajasthan. There is a celebration for every religious occasion, every change of season and every harvest, all invariably a reflection of the genius of their arts and crafts and their ascetic refinement.

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Shilpgram Fair

Literally meaning a “Craftsmen’s Village” is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and ark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village . Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills.A colourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces viatanity and zeal.

Situated 3 kms west of Udaipur near the Havala village is the Centre’s Shilpgram – the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex.

The Rural Arts and Crafts Complex – Shilpgram – would also provide an opportunity to rural and urban artists to come together and interact through the process of camps and workshops. It is hoped that through intimate observation of different styles and experiences, urban and rural artists would learn from one another and enrich their skills and art forms. The Centre promotes contemporary urban ceramists, potters, designers, visual artists etc. to work with their traditional counterparts in creating works of everyday art which would then be put up for exhibition and sale for visitors.Amphitheatre with a seating capacity of approximately 8000. Besides the majortheatre festivals which the Centre hold here, it is hoped that this facility would motivate the local community as well as outside visitors to take a keener interest in theatre and the traditional folk performing arts.

Shilpdarshan is a continuing activity at Shilpgram in which traditional performing artists and craftsmen are used to draw from the interior villages of the member states. They are regularly invited to exhibit their skill and to demonstrate their crafts, and sell their masterpieces in order to have direct access to the buyers. This programme has encouraged the rural craftsmen and performers in a big way. The Shilpgram has become an important landmark in India and Government of India has decided to replicate them in all the Federal States of India.

In order that the above is vested with its own internal dynamism, the huts are constructed around an interlocking occupational theme. Traditional village life was said to have been, to a considerable extent, self-contained and self-sufficient with a potter, a carpenter, a blacksmith, often a weaver, living alongside one another. The Centre’s Rural Arts and Crafts Complex adopts this cellular approach such that each individual hut is at once an organic entity and at the same time nourishing and husbanding a series of such transactions.

Selected after an exhaustive survey of the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, the Koli hut is from a seashore hamlet in Raigarh district. Close to the Koli hut stands one from Kolhapur – representing leather chappal craftsmen from southern Maharashtra. From Thane district in north Maharashtra is aWarli hut replete with its wall paintings. The tribal farmer community of the Kunbis is also represented along with two huts of the Gond and Maria tribal communities from eastern Maharashtra famous for their ‘dokra’ work.

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Dushhera-Diwali Mela

The festival of Dussehra indicates the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness as signified by the conquest of the evil Ravana by Lord Rama. The festival is held in the Hindu month of Ashvin that is generally September or October.However, the  Dussehra  is about the burning of the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna and his son Meghnath. Slogans praising the victory of good over evil rent the air as the burning effigies come down to the ground.

After Dusshera , The Dusshera n Diwali Mela comes .It is a riot of colors. Well-decorated shops, cultural performances and colorfully clad locals – all vie for your attention as soon as you enter the fair.As the day wears on, many other events take place one after another thus adding up to a very enjoyable experience.

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Dev Jhoolni Ekadashi (Jal Jhoolni Ekadashi) Fair

Dev-Jhoolni-Ekadashi Fair is a popular regional fair held at the Charbhujaji Temple, situated about 32 km from Udaipur, in Rajasthan. It is usually celebrated in the month of September. Dev-Jhoolni-Ekadashi Fair draws thousands of devotees from far and near.

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Hariyali Amavasya

Hariyali Amavasya is celebrated as a fair at Udaipur’s favorite FatehSagar Lake and Sahelion Ki Bari. The fair is organized for two consecutive days in which one day is wholly dedicated to women.

History:

As per historic records, this fair started in the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh who was the architect of FatehSagar. The lake came into existence when Fateh Singh on his way noticed that a lot of water is being wasted near Dewali pond. He decided to convert the same into a big reservoir to fulfill the water needs of the citizens. Initially the reservoir was called Shiv Sagar and the dame was named after the Duke of Cannaunght, which was later renamed Fateh Sagar. To celebrate the achievement, a moonless night of the rainy season was chosen and since then this day is celebrated as a fair day in Udaipur near Saheliyon Ki Bari.

Features:

This fair is celebrated for two consecutive days in which one day is dedicated to women only while the other day entire family can enjoy. On the day which is reserved for the ladies, males are not allowed at all which makes it a unique fair in entire India.

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