New Delhi: The ‘Hunar Haat’, to be organised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs from Thursday, 13 February, at India Gate Lawns, Rajpath, New Delhi, will be based on the theme of ‘Kaushal Ko Kaam’, revealed the Ministry today.
The Union Minister for Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and the Union Minister for Urban Development, Hardeep Singh Puri, will inaugurate the 20th Hunar Haat on February 13. Master artisans, craftsmen, and culinary experts from across the country are expected to participate. This Hunar Haat will be on till February 23.
Naqvi said here today that Hunar Haat has proved to be a “mega mission” of “empowerment of indigenous legacy” of artisans. He also said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs is strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Dream Project” to provide opportunity and market to the country’s heritage of arts & crafts. The Ministry is performing the historic task of preserving and promoting the heritage of the skilled people of the country and providing them national and international markets.
Naqvi said that Hunar Haat has become a mega mission of indigenous craft, cuisine & culture and economic empowerment of master artisans and craftsmen. About 3 lakh master artisans, craftsmen & culinary experts have been provided employment and employment opportunities through Hunar Haat in the last 3 years, stated the Ministry, adding that these beneficiaries include a large number of women artisans.
Naqvi said that the Modi Government is not only providing employment opportunities to artisans and craftsmen, it is also preserving and promoting India’s indigenous traditional legacy of artisans and craftsmen which was on the verge of extinction.
Naqvi said the Narendra Modi-led Government has sanctioned 100 Hunar Hubs in different parts of the country. Training is being provided to master artisans, craftsmen, and traditional culinary experts according to modern needs in these “Hunar Hubs” and they are also being provided national and international markets.
Naqvi said so far Hunar Haat have been organized at various places in the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Allahabad (Prayagraj), Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Puducherry, and Indore. The next Hunar Haat will be organized at Ranchi from 29 February to 8 March, and in Chandigarh from 13 to 22 March.
Naqvi said that in the coming days, Hunar Haat will be organized in Gurugram, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Dehradun, Patna, Bhopal, Nagpur, Raipur, Puducherry, Amritsar, Jammu, Shimla, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, Bhubneshwar, Ajmer, and other places.
In Hunar Haat to be organised at India Gate Lawns, New Delhi, more than 250 stalls have been set up where artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts from across the country are expected to participate. These artisans include more than 50 percent women artisans who will bring with them indigenous handmade products. Hundreds of people associate with these artisans in production of these handmade products, claimed the Ministry, adding that ‘Bawarchikhana’ will provide a taste of traditional delicacies of several states. Cultural programs, to be organized on a daily basis, will also be a major attraction.