Poush Mela in Santiniketan is a colorful rural carnival. It is one of the important festivals in the district of Birbhum of West Bengal. The festival is celebrated at the Shantiniketan Mela Grounds with great excitement and the essence of Bengali culture. The Mela is the perfect site for the coming together of different cultures and traditions from different parts of country.
The Poush Mela started as a small Tagore family affair along with a handful of Brahmo Samaj followers at Shantiniketan. Today it is one of the international events that Bengal is identified by. Enjoy the carnival setting with Baul musicians, Tribal dancers, local village artists and millions of visitors from across the world.
Every year on the 7th day of the Bengali month of Poush, Shantiniketan Mela ground hosts ‘Poush Mela’.
Celebration of Poush Mela
Poush Mela is one of the major fairs organized at Santiniketan. It attracts large number of tourists not only from India but different countries of the world. The fair is famous for the perfect merger of different cultures and traditions. Visitors enjoy the fair and experience the rich heritage of Bengal. Take the enjoyment to a higher level by the splendid and mind blowing cultural performances.
The students of Santiniketan, the Visva-Bharati University celebrate the occasion with exuberant festivities. Do not miss the live performances of Bengali folk music, notably Baul music. Tribal dances are also a part of the cultural performances. Witness the tribal arts performed by folks dressed in their traditional attire. Attend the exhibition of handicrafts from not only Bengal but from other part of India as well. There are beautiful specimens of Batik print and Taant saree and other handloom stores manned by artisans from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
Food is an integral part of Bengali culture and here you can treat your taste buds to authentic treats of Bengal. Paati saptha, a kind of pancake is a must-try. There are numerous sweet, salty and spicy delights waiting to tantalize your taste buds.
The fun filled days of the fair is full of different interesting activities. Apart from the cultural activities experience the Bengali spirit in true sense. The rural touch of the festival makes it one of the most popular events in the season.