Bhubaneswar; Dec.16: The 13-day long "10th Toshali National Crafts Mela 2015" has been inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Janta Maidan in the state capital city here on Tuesday organised by the Handloom, Textiles & Handicrafts Department.
The mela has 350 stalls this year. More than 150 artisans and weavers from 25 other states have exhibited their products in the fair. The stalls include Kashmir shawls & saris, Rajasthani sari & dress materials, famous chikan dress materials of Uttar Pradesh along with Odisha special products like Sambalpuri saris, tussar silk and khadi materials.
Facilities like 24-hour Fair office, round-the-clock security arrangements, first aid, ambulance service, wheel chairs for old and differently able persons, free accommodation to artisan and weavers and the play zone for children have been made available at the Mela which will conclude on December 27.
This apart, arrangements for cultural programme from 6.30 PM to 9.30 PM in collaboration with Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy and the State Culture department has also been made. The major attraction for this year is expected to be Ananya Sritam Nanda, Indian Idol Junior, 2015 and an exquisite Fashion show.
Notably, the timing of the mela will be from 2pm to 9:30pm every day.