Souk Review: Maya Bazaar

Stalls of ethnic clothes; an entire stretch dedicated to food trucks and tiny setups laden with tribal jewellery – Maya Bazaar was far from your average flea market.

True to its name, this market of illusions transformed the barren grounds of MGM to a bustling, flea market which gave a riveting glimpse of the city’s carnival vibe. Adding to the original line-up of flea markets in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, the bazaar was a first of its kind in the city which added a cultural touch to the city’s metropolitan outlook.

The two day event organized by Kawasaki-India attracted several shoppers, audiophiles and families looking for a good time; making the souk come alive with a diverse crowd. Music enthusiasts turned up in numbers to sway to AR Rahman’s hits, performed live by the regional band, Capricio. Others stopped to admire illustrations on display by local artists.

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Maya Bazaar did not disappoint when it came to discovering the lives of business communities of Vizag. Local designers hung pastel coloured handloom dresses under small canopies. Ekitopakka toys, ethnic jewellery, Khadi and cotton clothes had their own unique charm. A bike show and a children’s play area made sure there was something for every visitor.

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A must try if it’s around for a second time; any tour of the city will be incomplete without visiting this bazaar which for a brief time became the hub for a public get-together.

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