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'Bhimthadi Jatra' to be held in Pune from 10th to 14th December

Pune (Dec. 04, 2014): ‘Bhimthadi Jatra’, a unique rural carnival organized by the Agricultural Development Trust, Baramati every year that provides a glimpse of rural Maharashtra shall take place between December 10th and 14th at the Agriculture College Ground, Sinchan Nagar. This is 9th successive year of the massively popular rural carnival and the timing of the carnival would be 10:00am to 10:00pm on all days.

Details of the ‘Bhimthadi Jatra 2014’ were announced by Sunanda Pawar, Trustee of the Agricultural Development Trust, Baramati during a Press Conference held in the city today. Geeta Castelino, Pralhad Jadhav, Sachin Khalate and B. L. Nagare from the organizing team of ‘Bhimthadi Jatra’ were also present on the occasion.

‘Bhimthadi Jatra’ is supported by the State Agriculture Department, Pune District Central Co-operative Bank, Venkateshwara Hatcheries and the Baramati based Maitree Group this year.

Speaking on the occasion Sunanda Pawar said that the Bhimthadi Jatra which has already established its credentials as an effective platform for Women Self Help Groups to market products manufactured by them will have participation of over 290 self help groups and 272 stalls this year.

According to her, considering the immense popularity of the food items made by the Self Help Groups this edition of ‘Bhimthadi Jatra’ would have about 80 food stalls, 81 stalls that will have packed food items and around 50 stalls of organic food. Apart from this, there would be stalls of handicrafts and artifacts by rural artists and the display of the famous 12 Balutedar which are the essential elements of a typical village in the state of Maharashtra.

This year a special feature for senior citizens and specially abled people have also been introduced. They can visit the carnival from 10:00am to 1:00pm and can also ask us for a volunteer's help. Those who would want to avail this service can contact Mr. Sachin Khalate at 9822529987 and book a volunteer prior to their visit.

“Puneites have always overwhelmed us with their support, which motivates us to do better each year. To cater to the growing number of visitors to ‘Bhimthadi Jatra’ we are planning a special layout in this edition, especially in the food section so that visitors can enjoy the food items made by the Self Help Groups”, Mrs Pawar added.

As always, the traditional vegetarian as well as non vegetarian tasty dishes from rural Maharashtra will be the major attraction of ‘Bhimthadi Jatra’. However, the organizers will strongly attempt to provide glimpse of the rural Maharashtra by weaving all the elements of the traditional rural culture of the state including food, dance forms, music and games played in rural areas to make it a must visit carnival for Puneites.