Dastakar is a society of Indian craftsmen founded by six thoughtful women in 1981, while all these years only Laila ji continued working with Dastakar, and now she is the Urban face of Dastakar Nature’s Bazaar held all over India in different metros and cities. Dastakar provides a platform for crafts and craftsmen from different states of India to showcase their handicraft; with a basic ticket entry of Rs.30 you can have the privilege of enjoying the true culture of India.
This year Dastakar Nature’s Bazaar was organized at Manpho Convention Grounds from 8th to 17th Aug, some people shared their dislike for the venue, parking facilities, food stalls but I found none annoying because I was so mesmerized by the beautiful work of craftsmen, well organized stalls, polite staff and a huge counter to provide card payment facility. It is not an expensive designer fashion week where you expect valet parking, air conditioned stalls or gourmet food, it is the place to celebrate culture of India, which has already faded from our memories. I carried along with myself filtered water, a well devised GPS system to find directions to the venue and some packaged snacks though I relished the Kachori and Samosa cooked and served by a Rajasthani family, which were scrumptious.