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3-day 'Kutch Sharadotsav' from October 16
13 October 2005

With a view to boosting tourism in the state, the Gujarat Government will organise a mega show in the culturally-colourful district of Kutch this month.

The three-day event, ’’Kutch Sharadotsav’’, will be held from October 16 to 18 to coincide with ’’sharad purnima’’ night on a sprawling Rs 2 crore specially set up typical Kutch village, nearly 30 kms from Bhuj in the Rann of Kutch near Loria village.

The traditional mud hutments with thatched roof, locally known as ’’Bhungis’, have been constructed at the festival site.

To complete the experience The different communities like ’’Rabari’’, ’’Sodha’’, ’’Mutva’’ and ’’Jat’’ will be shown performing all daily activities like milching of cows, churning of butter milk, cooking food and knitting embroidery in the especially set up village.

The festival site will have a rich entertainment fare for visitors with para and hot balloon sailing.

Giving details of the festival, the district collector Pradeep Sharma said the festival is being organised without any government funding. The entire expenditure, will be borne by industrial houses in Kutch.

Kutch artisans, famed for their crafts like weaving, block printing, tie and dye, pottery wood carving and different styles of embroidery and leather work, will demonstrate their art and exhibit and sell their products. Around 150 stalls will be set up for the purpose.

A fully air-conditioned 2600 sq. mtr make-shift exhibition hall will depict the archaeological-rich Harappan site of Dholavira, a photo gallery will enlighten on the flora and fauna from the region as also the development achieved after the killer earthquake.

The visitors will also get a glimpse of the traditional painting known as ’’Kamangari’’ Art, another archaeological site near Bhadreshwar temple excavated by the Japanese and a fossils collection found in the Jurassic Sandstone. kutchhis globally , from Mumbai

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