by Prashant Shrivastava
There are two things for which Udaipurites wait for winters – Tibetan market at Samor Bagh and the ten day fair and festival of Shilpgram. Samor Bagh market is already set up and deals are hotting up each passing day. And as far as Shilpgram Annual Festival is concerned, so here we go!

Shilpgram, a true reflection of India

The ten day Shilpgram festival will be inaugurated by State Governor Shri Shivraj Patil and SS Chahal, the Vice President of MPUAT will be the chief guest. Like every year there will be amazing cultural fusion and magnificent art from seven member states and artisans from across the country. People from across the world are flocking to Udaipur to see the culture in its most natural habitat. Shilpgram basically is a village setup in Udaipur’s Aravali Hills with a point to conserve art in its most natural form.

Shilpgram Festival 2011Shilpgram comes under West Zone Culture Centre which comprises of seven West Indian states including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, and Union Territories of Daman, Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli. Shilpgram is the cultural capital to these seven states.

There are many representative huts consutructed using original stuff like clay, terracotta, bamboo etc. The people who crafted these huts are originally from the respective places.

Artisans from different corners of the Country come here to display their art and also sale out their stuff. This way artist get not only get a great exposure but also make enough money. Besides the regular shops of artistic stuff, Shilpgram houses many small hot selling points that serve hot and delicious food. Daal Baati Choorma, Kadhi Chaawal, Baajre ki Roti etc are things that urban people are almost devoid of. And here people get to see, taste, and buy the delicacies of rural India.

WZCC which is the governing body of Shilpgram is also celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year. This is why there will be theme based programs like Maarashtra Divas, Goa Divas, Gujrat Divas, Rajasthan Divas, Lok Tarang, Udaan, Saprtang, Dharohar, and Jhankar.

It’s time to move out to Shilpgram

So set out on a shopping spree, meet the art and culture, take a camel ride, watch puppet show and listen to soulful live compositions, and don’t forget to taste those hot yummy delicacies. See you there!