What Is It?

Mela Phulkari, in its third edition, is put together by Kirandeep Kaur and Harinder Singh of Concept 1469 retail stores, and art historian Dr. Alka Pande, along with a host of talented artists, designers, photographers, craftsmen.

The mela is an ode to “Panjab”, interpreting its past and current socio-cultural stories through the art of Phulkari. For those who are unaware, Phulkari is an iconic embroidery style of Punjab. Most commonly, you will find it on vibrant multi-coloured dupattas, and also on a variety of other garments.

Who Is It For?

Those looking for a fulfilling and well-rounded dose of art. Events such as book releases, talks, performances and demonstrations are scheduled over 10 days, alongside exhibits such as photo collages and garment installations.

A mini art fair, all in the happy colours of Punjab!

Why Should I Go For It?

Can you think of a happier, bawdier state than Punjab? Now imagine a 10-day long celebration of the vibrancy, the myths and legends, the stories of the men and women of Punjab.

The line-up of artists includes the likes of Imtiaz Ali {yes, the filmmaker}, Gopika Nath, Anjali Kalia, Anupa Dasgupta, Rupinder Kaur, Rajvinder Kaur, Kiranpal Kaur, Veerpal Kaur, Sandeep Kaur and team.


Don’t miss Khulla Sher: Sangrur, the exhibit by the rural women of Punjab. These women in a collaborative exhibit will embroider an outline of the “Make in India” lion filled up with patches of interpretations on what Punjab signifies to them.

Anything Else?

The previous editions of this mela received rave reviews for the sheer creativity and innovativeness of the art, and the transformation of the exhibition space into a surreal, evocative representation of the state.

And entry is completely free.

When: Apr 8 – 17

Where: Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh

Timings: 10am – 8pm

Contact: +91 9814001469, +91 9810000378 or write to phulkari@1469workshop.com

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Featured image courtesy: 1469

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