Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's fair time @ EZCC

This week, we just completed 5 years of living in Salt Lake City. Truth be told there is no place quite like home, and home is in Salt Lake, often referred to as Bidhannagar - christened after it's founder Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy the late chief minister of Bengal.

Come fall and winter Salt Lake is almost the culture capital of Kolkata - with its numerous fairs, film festivals, durga puja, musical soirees and all things cultural.

Even though we are still far from fall and winter, the fairs have started trickling in; also in preparation of Durga Puja - the state and the city's most elaborate festival. One such "Bengal Handloom and Handicraft" fair was in town this weekend and the wife wanted to visit. These fair are organized at a couple of different locations around the satellite township, this was one at EZCC Complex - Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre on Broadway (yes that is the official name of the wide stretch of road that connects the Central Park to the EM By-pass).

I myself quite like these fairs, as it presents myriad forms of art, confluence of cultures, opportunity to  shop for household knickknacks and neat little stuff that you can never find at retail store outlets. It is also a socially conscientous event, buying here means you are directly dealing with the cottage industry and the craftsmen are both encouraged and are able to sustain this form of art.

Enjoy the pictures taken @ the fair and * Do not miss the video *

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