Rajasthan comes calling to Thiruvananthapuram

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Tvm: A three day cultural extravaganza ‘Rajasthan calling Festival’ by the desert State opened today in Trivandrum to showcase their rich traditional culture, the exquisite range of Rajasthani handicraft products and Rajasthani delicacies. The festival is being organised as part of the Rajasthan Tourism’s domestic tourism promotion campaign and is being held in 22 major cities across India. This is the first time such an event is being held in Thiruvananthapuram by Rajasthan Tourism.

Interacting with the media, Somnath Mishra, Additional Director, Rajasthan Tourism said, “The main objective of this fest is to give a feel and taste of Rajasthan to the people of Kerala and to facilitate a better understanding about the State. The highlights of the festival are the live Rajasthani folk performance and the traditional Rajasthani food court apart from the handicraft exhibition. Rajasthan offers a whole range of options for travellers and tourists to the State. Our target audience from Kerala are the IT professionals and the students who wish to explore the country.”

For the foodies, there is Dal Baati Choorma, Kadi, Besan ke getta ki sabji, Moong dal halwa, Kachori and Mirchi Bada. A team of six from Nagaur manage the food court. About 20 stalls have showcased varied handicrafts from different regions of Rajasthan – woollen shawls from Bikaner; leather items from Barmer, bangles from Jodhpur; tie & die, pottery and lac jewellery from Jaipur.

“Rajasthan is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India and there is lot of potential for it to grow. But the rail and air connectivity between Rajasthan and Kerala must improve drastically”, adds Mishra. The festival, which is open from 11 am to 9 pm, is being held at the Sree Mulam Club and will conclude on February 26, 2012.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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