Monday, January 11, 2016

Lokotsav, Goa - 2016

I get very excited this time of the year! It is time for Lokotsav, an arts and handicrafts fair. Lots of beautiful stuff to see and indulge in. Held annually in the grounds adjacent to Kala Academy, Panjim, it is held for 10 days, from 8th. January to 17th. January. Though December and January are crowded with events, I manage to take out time for Lokotsav.   

 The main entrance to Lokotsav could have been better designed and executed. But it is passable.
It gets very crowded in the
evenings, so I went during the afternoon. Stalls lining on either side of the walkways which are covered on top, to keep out the leaves and trash.
There were stalls selling Kolhapuri chappals in latest styles to keep up with the trends. One gets tempted to buy a few pairs seeing the mirrors, bead work and zari on them.
My favourite are those exhibiting and selling arts and crafts. Here, this lady is exhibiting wall hangings etc. in Madhubani style.
This artizan is making bangles in lac. He is showcasing how much skill and patience it takes to make a pair of bangles. This stall (Lac bangle preparation) is a regular at Lokotsav. I am fascinated by his craft every time I see it.
Metal craft decorative items and wall murals; the trees in the background are something new this year.
To say Goans are food lovers is an understatement! You cannot keep them away from food stalls for anything. There were more customers here than anywhere else in the whole place. The Rus gollas, Jalebis and Dal Bhati churma are some of my favs.
Lokotsav is not just about arts and crafts. it is also about wholistic cultural encouragement. Folk dance and music from different States are performed every evening. A beautiful set is erected as a backdrop to the stage. One can easily spend a culturally scintillating evening here.
Overall the fair is well organised with wide passages where possible. The merchandise is beautiful, prices are reasonable.
People from all over Goa come here. Some do their yearly shopping, eat, listen, and generally have a good time.
If you are in Goa, Lokotsav is a must experience.

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