Kolkata: An eight day long Rajasthani fare Aapno Gaaon with artificial sand dunes and camel ride is entertaining people of Kolkata till December 31. The mela also has folk music, dance and traditional food.
Pradeep Agarwal, convenor of Salt Lake Lok Sanskriti, the organisers said, "The youngsters are more into partying these days in clubs and discos. This has been a cause of concern among us and it resulted in the creation of a unique idea called Aapno Gaaon (which means our own village) where everyone can come together and bask in the festivities which celebrate our rich culture and tradition."
The highlights of the fest at the sprawling grounds of Nicco Park in the satellite township of Salt Lake, will include Chokhi Dhaani, or kitchen of the fair, where guests will be served wholesome cuisine from the region in various courses, tight-rope walkers, performances by singer Ila Arun and her troupe and tribute to late film-maker Yash Chopra.
"This year it will be bigger as there is a big Bollywood presence. Actors Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma will also participate on December 30," said Agarwal. The duo is starring in Vishal Bhardwaj's Matru Ki Bijlee Mandola.
Aapno Gaaon, inaugurated on December 24, aims to bring the vibrant Rajasthani culture to the fore and connect the youth to their heritage.