The Dokra Mela, launched in 2015, celebrates the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of traditional Dokra handicrafts of Bengal. Dokra Craft is one of the earliest methods of non-ferrous metal casting known to human civilization. The lost or vanishing wax casting method is popularly known as Dokra. The craft is revered all over the world for its primeval simplicity and enthralling folk motifs. Dokra products involve a tedious process of designing and metal casting.
At the festival, Dokra artists from the area demonstrate the process and showcase their works. Attendees can shop for their products and participate in workshops. They can also visit the folk art museum that houses a collection of rare and antique artifacts.
This festival is part of the initiative, Rural Craft and Cultural Hubs (RCCH) of West Bengal undertaken by the Department of MSME&T (Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles), Govt. of West Bengal and UNESCO and supported by the District Administration of Bankura.
The latest edition of the Bikna Dokra Mela was held between 07 April and 09 April 2023 at Bikna village in Bankura, West Bengal. The festival visitors explored a huge range of Dokra products, connected with skilled artists, participated in Dokra-making workshops and gained knowledge about the ancient craft form. They also enjoyed cultural performances such as Jhumur songs and dance, puppetry, Chau dance, Raibenshe and Chadar Badar, in the evenings.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Bankura
1. By Air: The airport closest to Bankura is the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. Bankura is well connected by road to Kolkata.
2. By Rail: There are regular trains from Howrah Railway Station to Bankura.
3. By Road: Bankura is well connected by road with Kolkata and surrounding towns scuh as Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur and Panagarh.
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Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Rainwear. Bikna alternates between wet and dry weather in in October and November. Mostly, it is quite pleasant in the evenings.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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