The Grand Indian Bazaar
It’s the 75th anniversary of Indian independence in 2022 and to mark the occasion we’re presenting The Grand Indian Bazaar, a travelling Indian street market. Touring from May to September with The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band and Circus Raj, the bazaar is a colourful and vibrant hive of activity, a window onto the way of life in Rajasthan and its rich heritage of arts and culture.
The bazaar is an optional extra to supplement performances by the band and/or circus, offering the following range of features either on a self contained site or as part of a larger location. The content is flexible and we are happy to discuss with promoters which features they are specially interested in, from just one activity to the whole range.
Sanganeri – hand-block printing techniques originating from Sanganer, a village in the south of Jaipur. How clothes are made – block printing of fabric using carved wooden blocks, pattern designs, making and mixing natural dyes, cutting and stitching materials.
Textile Junkies – our new partner organisation promoting sustainability and the circular economy, offering workshops in up-cycling surplus sari fabric and other materials into new fashion items and crafts.
Mendhi – body art and temporary skin decoration usually drawn on hands or legs, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body. Demo by a specialist in this artform with opportunity to go away with a henna tattoo.
Ethnic clothing – displays and demos of traditional Indian clothes; chance to dress up in saris and other clothes, turbans, camel skin shoes etc. Dressing up box and photo booth opportunity for visitors.
Shop ’til you drop at Amber and Ayesha’s market stall offering authentic, traditional Rajasthani clothes, accessories and wares.
Dance styles – demos and workshop led by our beautifully costumed Rajasthani dancer in Kalbelya (snake dance) and Bollywood styles.
Jewellery and body adornment – demos of the design and making of anklets, bracelets, necklaces, rings, headdresses etc and jewellery workshops.
Rajasthan cuisine – Using traditional ingredients and methods – making chai, chapatis, egg curry, dhal, etc.
Music and song – led by the brass band, learn the lyrics to popular Bollywood songs, with audience participation parading with the band.
Circus Skills – workshops featuring tumbling, juggling, contortions, face painting, pot balancing and costumery.
Roving performances – by the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band and Circus Raj featuring their fakir with his extreme tricks and the beautifully costumed dancer’s amazing displays.