The Dokra Mela, launched in 2015, celebrates the traditional Dokra handicrafts of Bengal. Dokra is an ancient technique of non-ferrous metal casting traced to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Each piece is unique as one mould can only be used used for one product. Annual village festivals such as the three-day Dokra Mela help in enhancing the recognition of the craft and artists’ pride in their handiwork. At the festival, held in Bikna village, 150 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.
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.
Source: Bankura Tourism
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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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