Bihar’s month-long Sonepur Mela will see confluence of commerce and culture

Asia’s largest cattle fairs, organized at the confluence of two mighty rivers, the Ganga and Gandak, this year will see hundreds of artists from across the country, representing different performing arts, dance, music and traditional folk forms.

The Sonepur mela has been popular since the time of yore for the trading of livestock, this month-long event takes place on the auspicious occasion of Kartik Purnima in the month of November.

The Art, Culture and Youth department in coordination with the state Tourism department organises this fair. Earlier, the venue of the fair was Hajipir and only the performance of the puja used to take place at the Harihar Nath temple of Sonepur but the venue got long shifted to Sonepur after Mughal rule.

This year, people stand a chance to swoon at  famous Kalbelia dance by Padma Shri awardee Gulabo Bai, performances by folk singer Malini Awasthi, Devi, Sufi singer Mamta Joshi, Padma Shrii awardee Sunil Joshi, veteran actress Padmini Kolhapure, Bihar’s folk songs by Jainendra Dost and his team etc.

The cultural performances started on Thursday will continue till December 5, informed Deepak Anand, Additional Secretary, Art Culture and Youth Department to PTI. “The event offers a host of cultural programmes presented by eminent artists with national and international recognition. Thousands of people come from all over the world to attend the fair and leave with unforgettable memories,” he adds.

“The Sonepur Mela is not just a fair, but is also a celebration of the great socio-cultural heritage of Bihar and India, and this year the visitors will get to witness the glory of our rich cultural heritage”, said Anand.

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