Toshali Crafts Mela showcases several unique and artistic crafts made by craftsmen and artisans from all over the country. The event is organised by the State Institute for Development of Arts and Crafts (SIDAC), Handlooms, Textiles and Handicrafts Department, Government of Odisha. One of the most popular crafts Mela of India, it is organized every year to provide a right platform for all weavers, artisans and sculptors.
1. Handlooms and Handicrafts Stalls from Different States. This is an annual event which is organised to encourage weavers, sculptors and artisans and provide them with a platform to showcase their talents and explore their business. Every year, the Mela showcases 350 handicraft and handloom stalls, 100 artisans as well as 50 weavers from different states of the country. Also, the event is an initiative to preserve these old skills and expertise of rural India. Several famous handlooms of Odisha are Toshika Handlooms, Patta from Berhampur, Khandua from Cuttack and Nuapatna.
2. Cultural programmes. The stage is graced by several talents with expertise in different zones such as classical, contemporary and many more. Many dance team and troupes perform on the stage showcasing their talents.
3. Food Stalls. There are several food stalls serving different cuisines of India. But, what makes you go gaga is the food of Odisha. There is a food court comprising 30 stalls, represented by exclusive hotels and restaurants which offer a delicious multi-cuisine menu to the visitors. But, what will leave you drooling is the traditional Odisha Cuisine.
Toshali Crafts Mela is one of the national fairs held in India. Held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Toshali Crafts Mela attracts many visitors and art admirers every year. This fair is organized by the Handlooms, Textile, and Handicrafts Department, Odisha. This fair's objective is to provide a platform to artists so that they can interact with their buyers. This fair also aims to strengthen the economic positions of deprived weavers and artisans from all over the country. If you love to explore the cultural alleys, you will surely love to visit this fair at least once in your life. A country's heartbeat lies in its cultural practices. If you are wondering how to reach there, we are here to help you out. There are several routes to reach Toshali Crafts Mela. We provide all the details; you can choose any of the routes according to your budget and preferences. You need to travel 441 km, 1731 km, 1045 km, and 1437 km from Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore to reach Bhubaneswar.
By Air. Bhubaneswar is one of the major cities in India. It is needless to say that Bhubaneswar is well connected with other cities. Bhubaneswar has its airport, Biju Patnaik International Airport.
By Train. Bhubaneswar is well-connected with other cities by rail routes. You can board trains from junctions like Howrah, New Delhi, Bandra Terminus, etc. to reach Bhubaneswar.
By Road. As we mentioned earlier, Bhubaneswar is one of the major cities in India. The roads are well maintained. You can board buses. Odisha state transport corporation runs buses. Apart from state buses, there are private buses as well. Last year, the Toshali Crafts Mela was held for two weeks, 15th to 27th December.
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