VISAKHAPATNAM: The IFR Village, one of the major attractions, of the international event will be open for public from February 2 on the Andhra University Engineering College ground.
The village will be later formally inaugurated by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu along with the Maritime Exhibition on February 4.
The village has over 100 stalls selling traditional products like handicrafts, wooden crafts, pottery, jute works, authentic pearl jewellery, egg shell sculptures, leather puppet, Kashmiri designs, Etikoppaka toys, UP leather art and Banaras sarees. The stalls, ornated with authentic Rajasthani decoratives, also sell ground paintings, palm leaf paintings, Miniature painting and cherial painting.
The village will also have an added feature of live stalls of sari weaving and bamboo works by talented Youth of India. A National Traditional Food Festival with 40 stalls featuring flavours across India will serve the visitors.
Talking to Express, Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) president Payal Soni said: “Three stalls of our association will be exhibited in the IFR village with hand-made jewellery, blog printing sarees, mobile pouches, hand bags and many more products made by the women of our organisations.”
Also, different art forms of folk and cultural performances will entertain the audience. They would have day performances of art forms like Bahurupi, puppet show, rangoli, Kalbeliya, panch Vadya, Shiv Mudra from states, including folk dances of Bihu, Sidhi Dhamal, Bhangda, Thapettagullu, Ghoomar, Dangi and Raas. Cultural performances like Kathakali and Kuchipudi by renowned national artistes will be added attractions.
Public are not allowed to visit the IFR Village on February 7, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be going through the village.