CAUVERY SARAS – National mela of cottage industries

The mela is right now going on at the Government College Ground, 18th cross, Malleswaram. This mela is primarily for all rural Indian products such as textiles, handicrafts, Zari work, terracotta, sarees, readymade outfits for men/women/children, bamboo items, pottery, Kolhapuri chappals, curios, food items etc. It is on till the 15th of March and is open from 10.30 am to 9.00 pm. It is a well-organised event and is free for all. There is also a small area for fun and play with a few carnival-like contraptions. There are cultural programmes too everyday from 6.30-9.00 pm.

What I found unique at this mela was there are lot of stalls selling authentic region-specific snacks (sandige/happala), pickles, dried yummy mango pulp, dates, spices, and ayurvedic syrups that you can mix with water and drink up as juices. You get Brahmi-lemon, Amla, Ginger, and a whole variety of such ayurvedic healthy ingredients. Seriously, I found the syrups the most wonderful find there. You even have a store selling excellent and mouth-watering gulkand. They also sell natural honey, butter etc. Some stalls are selling dry fruits too. A couple of pics of the food stalls.



Apart from these exotic items, you have many stalls selling the usual suspects – handicrafts and handmade items from Karnataka, Orissa, West Bengal, Andhra etc. Ladies, you have varieties of sarees and salwars from different states.

What is great is the mela stalls are free to rent. So, the sellers can easily sell the items to you at a reasonable price without having to add the overhead charges of the stall rent to the tag prices. And since the stalls are free to rent, you also find some of those sellers whom you don’t see in other exhibitions.

Here are a few pics:





3 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    *Sighing* re: “a store selling excellent and mouth-watering gulkand.” I would give an arm and a leg to taste some of that! But its Monday today and as with all Mondays…….

  2. Ramkumar (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 1:25 pm


    Thanks for the writeup. I will definitely be visiting the event.

    It is indeed different that the stalls are being rented out for free. Wonder how the organizers are making the money to arrange for the facilities. Is it a government sponsored activity?

    The Ginger syrup definitely sounds interesting.


  3. Chitra (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    Ravi, the gulkand guys have a store in Malleswaram cicle, and have had the store for a long time. Their stuff is great and you must visit them sometime. They also have this variety where they mix the gulkand with nuts! :) The mela, you can go this Sat/Sun.

    Ramkumar, thanks! Yes, it is sponsored by the Ministry of Rural Development(Govt of India). It is organised by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department (Govt of Karnataka).

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