11th Chandigarh National Crafts Mela at Kalagram Chandigarh – 3rd Day

Chandigarh.17th November, 2019. The 11th Chandigarh National Crafts Mela at Kalagram received a tremendous response from tricity, today. As the Mela entered Day-3, shopoholics had an indulging time buying crafts and textiles.This year the North Zone Cultural Center has set-up 200 stalls given to the enthusiasm of tricity lovers. Apart from ethnic dresses, jewellery and juttis, the dried flowers from Nagaland, Brassware and carpets from Uttar Pradesh, terracotta items from Rajasthan and wooden artefacts from Karnataka are stealing the visitor's attention. The stalls selling Pashmina and wollen shawls from Kashmir are quite popular.

It was a houseful at Kalagram performance venue as Playback singer and music composer Padma Shri Kailash Kher performed today.Kher with his unique style of music and rendition amused the audience with the hits like Teri Deewani, Saiyyan, Piya re Piya re and many more.He created a magical ambience keeping the listeners glued to their seats till the end and pulled the crowd in huge numbers. Kher's latest numbers Jai jaikara and Kaun hai wo from Bahubali remained in the charts for long and he never failed to create the magic again.

The team of musicians included Paresh Kamath on lead guitars, Naresh Kamath on bass guitar, Kurt Peters on drums, Neil Hose Gomes on acoustic guitars, Samir Chiplunkar on keyboard, Tapas Roy on Saaz and Mandolin, Hitesh Prasad on tabla and Jovian Soans as sound engineer.

Vinod P Kavle, Secretary Cultural Affairs, Director Cultural Affairs UT Saurabh Arora and Director NZCC Saubhagya Vardhan were present on the occasion.

Today's highlight

Chatais made out of natural grass and cotton from Kolkata at stall no 166 are the talk of the town. You can also buy curtains made out of natural fibre and give a rich ethnic and earthy look to your living and drawing room. Other products available are wallets, bags and large size chatais with cotton support and carry bags. "One chatai takes one day to weave depending on the size(3/6)", says National Awardee Alak Kumar Jana", adding, " We have products ranging from RS 50 to 2,000. Although we have products worth 60,000 that includes Masland a fine thin chatai for which I received the National Award in 2008."

Food Court

The spacious venue is serving mouthwatering traditional foods from Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Delhi and Maharashtra. Not to forget the Chinese cuisines, tandoori chai, chana zor garam and the street foods from Mumbai.

Like every year, CITCO has set up a stall of North Indian Dishes at a reasonable price. To amuse the young visitors, the venue is also serving pizzas, grilled sandwiches and pasta.


The exotic Paan served by Rangeela Paan Point from Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, is hard to resist. Their unique call never fails to attract the visitors. He along with his brother has a variety of flavors including chocolate and mango, guava, rajnigandha, strawberry and pineapple. "We make 72 types of Paan with 32 types of mouth fresheners", says Rihan, who comes to the Mela every year. Khajuri, Golden Night and Paan Morabbe Wala are his specialities among others and he serves every Paan with poetic lines that is his USP.

Art Exhibition

Environmentalist, artist and journalist Dr Asha Arpit has put up a photo exhibition Skill India Craft India to motivate people. The artist wants to bring awareness so that the people may recognize the hard work and the cost put in for making crafts and handloom products. She wants to sensitise the buyers to refrain from bargaining.

Besides this the Lalit Kala Akademi has set up a pavilion showcasing the works of Vinay Sharma from Jaipur. Sharma also presents a live show 'Rhythmic past' that lays stress on procuring the past. The venue has statues made out of paper that is about 200 years old.

Amusement venue

The amusement area has rides, swings, live folk performances like bhangra and acts by Baaazigars and Been Jogis. People can be seen busy taking selfies with Kachchi ghodis and Behrupiyas from Rajasthan.

The event has folk dancers from Kashmir to Tamil Nadu and from Rajasthan to Manipur.

The event is a joint venture of Chandigarh Administration and North Zone Cultural Center, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.


One Day Event on Centre for Humane Artificial Intelligence(ChAI) @SPIC on 20 November

Chandigarh,17 November,2019: Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) under the aegis of IT Department of Chandigarh is hosting a half day event Centre for Humane Artificial Intelligence (ChAI) @SPIC” on 20th November 2019. This event will be held at the EDC Building located in Chandigarh IT Park, Kishangarh. This event is being organized by SPIC in sync with the mandate of Niti Aayog to establish the National Program on Artificial Intelligence (AI), with a view to guide the research and development in new and emerging technologies.

NITI Aayog has come up with a strategy paper for crafting the national strategy for Artificial Intelligence(AI). This strategy document is premised on the proposition that India, given its strengths and characteristics, has the potential to position itself among leaders on the global AI map with a unique brand of # Artificial Intelligence (AI) for All.

#AI for All will aim at enhancing and empowering human capabilities to address the challenges of access, affordability, shortage and inconsistency of skilled expertise; effective implementation of AI initiatives to evolve scalable solutions for emerging economies; and endeavors to tackle some of the global challenges from AIs perspective be it application, research, development, technology, or responsible AI. #AIforAll will focus on harnessing collaborations and partnerships, and aspires to ensure prosperity for all. Thus, #AIforAll means technology leadership in AI for achieving the greater good.

NITI Aayog has decided to focus on five sectors that are envisioned to benefit the most from AI in solving societal needs:

Healthcare: increased access and affordability of quality healthcare,

Agriculture: enhanced farmers income, increased farm productivity and reduction of wastage, Education: improved access and quality of education,

Smart Cities and Infrastructure: efficient and connectivity for the burgeoning urban population, and

Smart Mobility and Transportation: smarter and safer modes of transportation and address traffic and congestion problems.

AI is being seen as a technology with the potential to transform the economy. The highlight of the event would be discussion and outcome of the Government of India policy on National Strategy on Artificial Intelligence titled #AI for All as it is focused on leveraging AI for inclusive growth in line with the Government policy.

At the event, experts from industry and academia will be sharing their knowledge on the latest trends in AI and ML around the globe. Mr Naresh Batra, CEO SFivei, a Silicon Valley, USA based software solutions company will deliver a talk on How AI is Driving the Next Wave of Digital Transformation. Mr.Kapil Khanna, VP & Chief Architect for AI at a leading local IT firm will speak on application of AI and ML in business. Mr Abhishek Sharma, a US returned software engineer, who runs a AI based startup in the city would be sharing his experiences on working with thes technologies.

SPIC is hosting this event with a view to initiate discussion by inviting experts from academia, industry and government to come together. The Plan is to make this a regular event by providing a forum for exchange of ideas and knowledge sharing on emerging technology.

The event is open to all members of public through registration on SPIC website http://spicindia.com. IxDA Chandigarh, a not-for profit association is coordinating with SPIC to organise this event.