New Delhi, Nov 15 The Minister of State for Power and Coal (Independent Charge) Shri Piyush Goyal, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi along with the Minister of State for External Affairs Shri M J Akbar today inaugurated "Hunar Haat", which is being organised for the first time at India International Trade Fair (2016) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi by the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
About 184 master artisans from all corners of the country are showcasing their traditional art and skills at about 100 stalls in "Hunar Haat" at India International Trade Fair.
Speaking on the occasion, Piyush Goyal said that this exhibition is an outstanding display of traditional Indian art and handicrafts. Preserving the rich traditional and culture of our artisans is our duty. Goyal said that he is delighted to see the good work done by the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
MJ Akbar said that through this "Hunar Haat", the art of living has joined the art of livelihood. This is the true genius of the people, our nation is blessed. This genius ethos through history will echo into the future. MJ Akbar said that this exhibition has provided such a big market to these artisans.
Naqvi said that "Hunar Haat" (Skill Haat) exhibition is aimed at promoting and supporting artisans from Minority communities and providing them domestic as well as international market for display and sell their products.
This is providing an excellent platform to artisans belonging to Minority communities from across the nation to display their art and skills before the domestic and international visitors. "Hunar Haat" is an amazing gathering of artisans from every corner from 26 states and Union Territories of the country.
The Minister said that one of the special feature of this unique "Hunar Haat" is that besides providing free of cost stall to artisans/craftsmen, the Minority Affairs Ministry has made arrangements for their transport and is helping the craftsmen in their daily expenses so that these expert artisans were able to reach Delhi easily and display their arts/skills at the international platform in the form of International Trade Fair.
Naqvi said that the exhibition includes artefacts made by cane and bamboo in North eastern states; cloth work and embroidery (chikan) work, brass artefacts, Jardoji clothes work of Uttar Pradesh; collection of pottery work of Southern states; sandalwood and other wooden artefacts; handicrafts from Bihar-Jharkhand; indigenous goods for domestic use from Bengal-Odisha and herbal products made from aloe vera, neem, tulsi etc.
The exhibition at "Hunar Haat" also displays other arts/crafts like marble work from Rajasthan; beautiful handicrafts from Gujarat; Pashmina and bronze work from Kashmir. Besides, centuries old Ayurvedic, Unani health care; glass artefacts; Indian silk-cotton work is also a part of the exhibition. The artisans also display their skills of making products live before the people at the Trade Fair.
Naqvi had written to Chief Ministers of all the states requesting them to direct the concerned Department of their respective states to make aware talented artisans and craft persons about this exhibition and encourage them to send their applications to National Minority Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) latest by 25th October, 2016.
NMDFC on behalf of the Ministry of Minority Affairs is participating in the India International Trade Fair under the banner of USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts Crafts for Development) scheme.