With the 13-day ‘Festival of Lights’ extravaganza, Nature Bazaar in Chhatarpur has come to life. The mesmerising event, which commenced on October 26 and will continue until November 8, is a heaven for handloom enthusiasts and handicraft connoisseurs alike. Visitors are treated to a dazzling array of exquisite items, ranging from luxurious Pashmina shawls and Kashmiri dry fruits to intricately carved brass showpieces.
The Festival of Lights stands as a testament to the artistic prowess of craftsmen from across the country. The handicrafts showcased here are not just items for sale; they are expressions of skill, creativity, and tradition.
What sets this festival apart is its commitment to eco-friendly products. From bags and diaries crafted from recycled materials to toys made from terracotta clay, the Festival of Lights boasts a unique exhibition seldom seen elsewhere.
The stalls here are dedicated to offering environment-conscious items, including diaries made from recycled papers and seeds that can be planted later, as well as candles composed of decomposed flowers.
In addition to the wide array of handicrafts, the Festival of Lights captivates attendees with cultural dance performances and theatrical acts depicting the timeless epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Visitors are drawn to the allure of utensils made from clay, wood, and various metals, each showcasing a blend of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style.
For a nominal entry fee of just ₹40, attendees gain access to this enchanting world of artistry and culture. The food court further enhances the experience, offering a delectable assortment of festive treats from every corner of the country.
From the rustic flavours of dal baati churma to the aromatic allure of idli sambar, visitors can embark on a culinary journey that mirrors India’s diverse culinary heritage.
Unlike many other events and exhibitions, the Festival of Lights has brought smiles to the faces of shopkeepers. Their joy is not just in the bustling sales but also in the fact that they do not have to bear the burden of rental costs for their spaces.
Saif, a seller hailing from West Bengal, expressed his satisfaction, noting that despite the slower weekdays, weekends bring a surge in sales. The Festival of Lights has not only illuminated Nature Bazaar but also the lives of the artisans and visitors, creating a celebration of art, culture, and sustainability.
“I am delighted to be a part of the Festival of Lights at Nature Bazaar,” said Aamina Wani, a Kashmiri lady, who specialises in selling exquisite shawls and suits.
“The response from the visitors has been overwhelming. People appreciate the craftsmanship and quality of our products. It warms my heart to see them admire the intricate embroidery and soft textures of our Kashmiri shawls.
“The festival has provided us with a platform to showcase our heritage and skills, and I am genuinely happy with the positive feedback we have received,” she said.
Arun Kumar, 38, a jewellery maker from Rajasthan said, “Each piece of jewellery I create tells a story, and it’s heartwarming to see people resonate with the narratives behind my designs. The festival has not only provided us with a platform to showcase our artistry but has also allowed us to educate visitors about the intricate techniques and significance behind our jewellery. Their curiosity and admiration fuel our passion to create more meaningful pieces.”
A craftsman specialising in eco-friendly products shared his thoughts, “Sustainability is at the core of our creations. We believe in the power of conscious consumerism, and the Festival of Lights has provided us with an ideal platform to promote eco-friendly alternatives.”
“Visitors are increasingly interested in products that are not only beautiful but also environmentally responsible. Their eagerness to adopt eco-conscious choices gives us hope for a greener future,” he said.
A young visitor, awestruck by the array of offerings, expressed, “I am amazed by the diversity of art and culture showcased here. The festival has opened my eyes to the incredible talent that our country harbours. Each stall tells a unique story, making this experience not just a shopping extravaganza but a journey through India’s rich cultural tapestry. I find myself inspired to learn more about these crafts and the artisans behind them.”