Poush Mela to be 3-day affair: Green body
November 10 (TravelAndy): The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Poush Mela festival, celebrated at Shantiniketan in east India’s West Bengal state, to be concluded within three days of its commencement.
This order has been passed to control the growing pollution left by the stall owners and visitors, which harm the environment of the place in a significant way, said The Times of India.
The festival is scheduled to begin on December 23, 2016 and conclude on December 26, 2017.
The fair displays indigenous handicraft including terracotta work and hand-stitched garments. It also includes food stalls that serve local and seasonal fare.
Skits and musical performances are also staged by the local residents and educational institutes.
The local Baul community performs their traditional music on the fair ground.
Home to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s university Biswa Bharati, Shantiniketan is a popular travel destination for both domestic and international tourists.