Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Fruit & Vegetable market

When one experiences the markets in India, walks through them, learns about their history, one begins to gather what they have in common. The nucleus has always been the vegetable and fruit market and the streets surrounding it that have developed to make a larger bazaar. Commercial areas in our towns and cities have all grown around the vegetable and fruit bazaar because this was a place where everyone in the town or city came everyday.

The marketplace in India has always been a dynamic environment. It has been an excuse to gather together for festivals, to exchange news, to enact dramas, to make public announcements. Every village, every town, every city in every country has markets. Sometimes they are small, sometimes they are large.

When one looks at Bazaars in
India, one finds that :
Markets in
India are influenced by the local cultures, behavioural patterns of the people and social customs. Art is an integral part of the Bazaar. The principles that govern the making of markets remain the same inspite of the diversity in the different bazaars of India

Is it possible to study this aesthetic and to recreate it once again for the cities of India? In the urban areas markets are built by the Municipal Corporations with better infrastructure but they sometimes lack local flavour and the vigour of the lives of the Indian people. There is much funding being directed to build markets all over the country. An analysis of the life within a bazaar and an understanding of how markets evolve over time becomes essential. Here is a link to : Fruit and Vegetable Marketing and its Efficiency in India - a study of wholesale markets in Ahmedabad

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