Pune: Bhimthadi Jatra, a four-day cultural fair which aims to bridge the gap between rural and urban India and allows Puneities to get connected with several rural communities across Maharashtra, was inaugurated on Friday at Agricultural College Ground, Sinchan Nagar. It will continue till December 25.
The jatra was inaugurated by Mayor Mukta Tilak, Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla and Sunanda Pawar, besides others. There are 310 stalls including organic farming and women self-help group stalls. A special collection of traditional Adivasi artwork will be exhibited. The jatra also has a section for local wholesome cuisine from all over Maharashtra.
Bhimthadi Select, a special section of 20 stalls comprising artisans, craftsmen and designers working in the field of reviving and sustaining traditional handlooms, handicrafts and other crafts is also being showcased. A special fashion show will be organised, where some of India's leading models and influential women of Pune, will showcase handlooms and accessories that are on display.
Along with it, 'Raghu Dixit Project' and 'Resonance' will also perform at the event on December 23 from 7 pm onwards. Also, live demonstrations and workshops on block printing, natural dying, urban gardening, healthy eating, etc. will be organised throughout the day.
Rashmi Shukla, said, "The jatra not only connects the people but also share values and culture. Organic farming and food products are not only making India healthy but farmers are also getting a chance to grow crops after knowing latest trends."
Mukta Tilak said, "Year after year, due to such festivals, our culture becomes rich and healthy. By organising such festivals, we not only grow values within us, but also foreigners learn a lot from here. The jatra always has some or the other attractions for its visitors and visitors learn something new and creative from it."