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Ashtamudi Art and Craft Festival

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Festivals are an integral part of Indian culture. One such state that is extremely famous not only in India but also across the globe for its culture is Kerala. The state has been called God’s Own Country because of the scenic beauty and the colourful festivals of the state. One such festival of the state is the Ashtamudi Art and Craft Festival. The festival is also known as Paramparya, which means Tradition in Tamil. The festival takes place in the city of Kollam, situated on the shores of Lake Ashtamudi.


The festival is a showcase of craftsmanship from all across India. The festival is organized in the last week of December and on the banks of Lake Ashtamudi. The whole Ashramam Maidan ground is covered with tents housing the Art and Craft of skilled workmen from all across Kerala and also many parts of the country.

It is a common ground for artisans and craftsmen to bring their work to the public arena on their own and sell. The festival includes folk dance performance by dancers from all across India and also the International Crafts Film Festival. The main attractions of this festival are the puppets, wood carvings, dolls, jewelry, and cane and coir art. Some of the organizers of the festival are the Kollam District Tourism Promotion Council and the State and Central Governments.

Tourist Essential

Tourists get a unique opportunity to interact with the artisans and craftsmen in a work setting where they can demonstrate their skills. Tourists can also purchase craft items and view the actual way they are made. The location of the festival, the Ashramam picnic village situated on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, is a tourist attraction in itself.


by Kapil
by Kapil