October 27, 2021

A walk through a crafts mela

Bangalore in the last month played host to two arts and cultural festivals, one organized by the Times of India – which I missed completely – and more recently, the Bengaluru Habba – of which I caught one excellent jazz concert by Dana Gillespie and the London Blues and the crafts mela at the Chitra Kala Parishad.

The visits to CKP also coincided with the arrival of my brand new camera (yaaay!). So here are a few images from my first walkabout with the Canon 500D.

To begin with my favourite – the old man selling the glittery crowns for kids. He sat through the day wearing the crown and holding the other plastic toys in his hand, calling out to passersby.

King of all he surveys

And then the man I have come to call the ‘turbanator’, with his steady and honest gaze, selling wooden artefacts from Uttar Pradesh. I took so many shots of him – at rest and at work – that I finally ended up buying something, out of a sense of guilt + gratitude.

The turbanator

And then the usual suspects – bangles and earrings, slippers, mouth fresheners, pots and pans, paper flowers – and some not so usual ones like dangling fish and hanging monkeys.

Ring out the old, ring in the new!

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I stood in front of this stall selling these puppets and made up titles for each of the photographs I took. Here are my top two –

Aati kya Khandala? …and No one can have just one respectively…

Aati kya Khandala?

heads

Have a nice week!

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