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Paintings and Ladies : This shot was taken at a local fair in rural Bengal in the town of Shantiniketan.The ladies are selling paintings at Poush Mela Ground in Bolpur.Here we can see that the ladies are trying to strike a deal with a prospective buyer,who is not in the frame.

Tidbits about Poush Mela :

Poush Mela is an annual fair and festival that takes place in Santiniketan, marking the harvest season. Commencing on the 7th day of the month of Poush(December), the fair officially lasts for three days, although vendors may stay up until the month-end. The key characteristic of this fair are live performances of Bengali folk music, notably baul music. At Tagore's behest, the annual Poush utsav became an important cultural event where students and teachers of his school took active part. Poush Mela, therefore, becomes a meeting ground for urban people and rural folk. Rural artisans bring their wares like batik printed materials, leather bags, earthen wares, paintings, etc to the fair while their urban relatives set up stalls for the rurals to buy new industrially produced goods.

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Additional Photos by Farhat Abbas (fabbs99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2006 W: 2 N: 4086] (16115)
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