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Shilpgram Arts Festival

Listed under Arts Festivals in Rajasthan, India.

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There is nothing more exciting than coming into a town to find out that you have arrived in time for a yearly festival. How lucky we felt when we heard that in Shilpgram, a mere two kilometres away from Udaipur, there was an arts festival taking place as we speak.

Dancers, performers, artists and trades people from all over India have come to Shipgram for a 10 day festival to show off their talents.

The weather was perfect when we arrived and the crowds were still small. After paying our 25 Rs entrance fee we walked in to the fair grounds to music and dancing at the front gate.

A troop was singing and performing in a circle and we stopped to have a look. Once they finished we moved on to enjoy the rest of the festival. Our next stop was a silversmith. He was hand making pots and utensils as well as little figurines of insects and other figurines.

Dave took some photographs and talked to them all for a little while. The entire family was there at the festival working together. Mother, father, son and grandson all worked from stoking the fire to molding the metal. They didn’t have to travel too far as they were from the province of Rajasthan.

We moved on to another group of men from Kerala. They invited us to watch them play and sing. Having a couple of foreigners watching you perform really draws a crowd and by the time they were half way through the song, a large crowd arrived. We saw a guy throw them a 100 Rs, and that is when we realised that we are supposed to be giving money, like a busker fair.

We gave them 50 and were on our way.

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