It is all about the light coming out of your core that makes the world a better place. What if their sight is doused in darkness, the visually challenged kids, trainees and workers of the Blind Relief Association did a miraculously good job by exhibiting the colourful pop-up candles, diyas and a heck lot of other stuff in their Annual Diwali Bazaar. Also, it offered a roof to over 200 local vendors and NGOs for selling the varieties of handicrafts, dresses, accessories, earthen diyas, lamps, and other decorative items.

The highlights from Blind School Mela’s storied legacy this year were:

TERRACOTTA IDOLS

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Using the lump of clay, wheel and furnace, the humble artisans have modelled the refined and mesmerizing earthen diyas, idols of Gods and Goddesses, and other decorative materials.

TORAN DOOR HANGING IN BRAILLE PAPER

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With Braille paper, the stall-owner has crafted amazing toran door hangings, shagun envelopes, and other decorative stuff to bring spirituality and good vibes to your homes this festive season, while keeping in tune with the theme.

CERAMIC AROMA DIFFUSERS

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The charming aroma diffusers in the shape of flowers are good enough to adorn your interiors while giving you a relaxing aromatherapy.

STATIONARY ITEMS

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The Mela created an awesome stationary boutique containing the handcrafted range of paper bags, notebooks, frames, and other colourful stuff.

POLYRESIN IDOLS

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The bazaar produced a fantastic range of polyresin idols that represent love, luck and faith. Available in different sizes and styles, these make a perfect gifting item for the festive season.

HANDCRAFTED POTLIS & DIYAS BY BSF WIDOWS

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The BSF widows are fighting their own battalion to earn a respectful living by handcrafting these beautiful Potlis, diyas, and other items.

COW DUNG DIYAS

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Dhyan Foundation brought forward the Fragrant Ghee Diyas made of cow dung to pin the wise cause of saving the gaushalas. Also, there were cookies made with no chemicals and preservatives.

EARTHENWARE BY A LOCAL POTTER OUTSIDE THE MELA

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Apart from the efforts of Blind Relief Association to bring the assorted handicrafts and other designer items under the cosmic roof of Diwali Mela to sustain the noble cause of visually impaired ones, what caught our attention was the vivid gaze and soft smile of this local potter. Trying to vend the colorful earthenware at extremely cut-prices, he represented the plight of the plethora of local craftsmen across the country that is stripped off the much-deserved recognition and remuneration owing to the affluence of the glittering markets and machine-crafted items. If only we could make people and society aware of the mesmerizing artistry of the sect, we could dispel the veils of darkness from the lives of these unprecedented potters of our country.

And since Diwali is not just about illuminating the cemented walls of our houses, but sharing the ray of happiness with others who are less fortunate. One can reflect on the little things we can do to assist others and shine our light out into the world.

  • Rishu Jain