INTACH and the Government of Punjab approached Lotus to design the Patiala Crafts Mela. Punjab being a place with a legacy of vibrancy and a contagious enthusiasm, melas or fairs constituted an integral part of its tradition. So, the primary concern of the team at Lotus was to capture that typical Punjabi fervour. The brief was to create a cost effective structure out of recyclable materials which could be reused for the mela every year, and to take advantage of the pleasant weather of the time of the year when it is hosted, February.
The task for the team was to mould an area spread over 65,350 square feet in Patiala(Punjab) into a venue as desired by the clients. It was accomplished by allowing the venue to evolve into a series of modules. Square and bright and multicoloured tents hosted specific activities; and certain areas were circularly zoned off with flowing strips of fabric covering the top of the structure. The fort of Sheesh Mahal, complete with a water body of 2 acres, was used as the primary focus of the set. The entry is framed with a colourful arcade of layered fabric. The walkways are framed by poles connected at the top by lines of colourful fabric whose flapping in the wind provided chequered shadows below. The entire arena eventually stood transformed into a canvas of warm colours that heightened the essence of Punjab and the spirit of the traditional melas