I had been yearning to visit the Mahalaxmi Saras Mela 2013 since quite a long time. Therefore, I could not resist going there on the very first day after its inauguration on the 19th of January (even after heavy college assignments screaming out to me: P). But I would call it an educational trip and calm down. Haha!!
The whole setup was very huge and grand with the entrance designed using Warli paintings giving it a traditional appeal. The first thing that catches attention is the series of fortunetellers seated right ahead all set to predict your future. Each stall is so alive with its varied art form hailing from different places all over which made the whole area so vibrant and distinct. Artists at Warli painting stalls were all focused into their brushes and papers. Their speed and perfection was so effortless. As I stepped ahead, the curiosity was increasing and so was the expectation. The talent I came across was worth applause. On the contrary, these artisans hailing from different places like Kulu, Gujarat, interiors of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh were so humble and down to earth. They obliged for my clicks and questions with a warm smile. Loved interacting with them on a direct level. Every artform had its own beauty and characteristic that created its unique identity among hundred of others. Talent at its best I must say!
Along with high dose of art, it is a shopper’s delight without a doubt. From silver to tribal jewellery, hand crafted to leather bags, footwear from Kolhapur to art pieces made with precision and so much of patience from around the country, it’s a collector’s delight. Fabrics with amazing Warli and Block prints, amazing and bright Khana fabrics – all a treasure to find at one place in Mumbai.
By the time I completed strolling around every stall, I was physically all drained but still so glad that I visited the exhibition. A complete relief was to spot a chai wallah outside as my stomach was craving for some food. Cashew nuts purchased from a stall and cutting chai in the chilly weather – perfect aint it! To end such a fantastic day spent gathering so much knowledge (all also the amazing things I picked up from there :))