Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, will inaugurate the ‘Hunar Haat’ on November 15, 2018 at India International Trade Fair (IITF) at New Delhi. The IITF is bening held from November 14 to 27.
Naqvi said that ‘Hunar Haat’ by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, has proved to be an ‘Empowerment and Employment Exchange’ for artisans and craftsmen. The event in Delhi is a part of the series of Hunar Haats being organised in various parts of the country since last year with a mission to provide market and other opportunities to artisans and craftsmen.
Master artisans, including a large number of women artisans, from all across the country are participating in Hunar Haat. The artisans shall bring with them exquisite pieces of handicraft and handloom products like ajarakh, bagh print, bandhej, barmer ajrakh and applique, bidriware, cane and bamboo, carpet, chanderi, chaniya choli, chikankari, copper bell products, copperware, ceramic products, dry flowers, gota pati, handloom and home furnishings from different parts of the country.
Products such as jute craft, lac stone studded bangles, lacquerware, linen products, metalware, mud work, mulberry silk, paithani silk, phulkari, punjabi jutti, zari bags, etc will also be available. For the first time, products from Chhattisgarh and Namda along with the Chinnon silk of Jammu and Kashmir will also be available at Hunar Haats.
The minister said, “The employment-oriented programmes of the Central government like ‘Hunar Haat’ have significantly encouraged and promoted the rich traditional heritage of master artisans who had been marginalised for a long time,” adding that Hunar Haat extends itself well to fulfil the government’s commitment towards ‘Make in India’, ‘Stand up India’ and ‘Start up India’ initiatives.
“During the last one year, the event was organised at various parts of the country, and has been successful in providing employment and marketing opportunities to more than 1.5 lakh artisans and other people associated with them. The target is to provide employment and marketing opportunities to about five lakh people through Hunar Haat, Naqvi stated.
Earlier, the Hunar Haat was organised at Allahabad, New Delhi, Puducherry, and at Mumbai. In the coming days, it will be organised at Mumbai (December 2018), Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi (January 2019) and Goa (February 2019).