New Delhi: Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurating the Hunar Haat at Harmu Ground, Harmu Chowk, Ranchi (Jharkhand) said that the Modi Government has been working to provide international markets to India’s magnificent indigenous handmade art & crafts. This Hunar Haat is being organised by Union Minority Affairs Ministry from 29 February to 8 March. This is the first Hunar Haat in Jharkhand.
Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda, who was also present at the inauguration, said that the Tribal Affairs Ministry and Minority Affairs Ministry are working in coordination to provide international market, opportunities and recognition to India’s traditional art and crafts.
Munda said that Hunar Haat has been providing market and opportunity to India’s indigenous legacy of handmade art & crafts. He stated that Hunar Haat has proved to be a magnificent platform to understand India’s rich cultural heritage under one roof.
Naqvi said that while on one hand, Hunar Haat has ensured ‘Kaushal Ko Kaam’, on the other hand, it has given international recognition to the legacy of Indian art & crafts. He further said that Prime Minister Modi’s visit to ‘Hunar Haat’ at India Gate Lawns, New Delhi, organised from 13 to 23 February, has given tremendous boost and encouragement to artisans, craftsmen especially women artisans from across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one-hour long visit at Hunar Haat gave tremendous encouragement and publicity to the event and the number of visitors increased by more than 60% after his visit. More than 17 lakh visitors, both domestic and international, visited the Hunar Haat at India Gate Lawns, Rajpath. The visitors encouraged the artisans, craftsmen and also enjoyed traditional delicacies of various states at ‘Bawarchikhana’ section at Hunar Haat.
On 23 February, in ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi appreciated Hunar Haat and artisans, craftsmen and their exquisite indigenous handmade products.
Naqvi said that 125 stalls have been set up at the Hunar Haat in Ranchi where more than 250 artisans and craftsmen including women artisans from across the country are participating. He said that Artisans have brought with them rare exquisite handmade indigenous products from every corner of the country. Visitors will also enjoy traditional delicacies of various states and cultural programmes, to be held daily.
Naqvi also said that more than 3 lakh artisans, craftsmen, culinary experts and people associated with them including a large number of women artisans have been provided employment and employment opportunities through Hunar Haat in the last 3 years.
Naqvi informed that Union Minority Affairs Ministry has started a process to register these artisans and their indigenous products on GeM (Government e-Marketplace). Several export promotion councils have shown interest to provide international markets at large scale for handmade indigenous products of these artisans and craftsmen. Indian Packaging Institute has been providing training to artisans to improve their methods of packaging and to make it more attractive, he added
The next Hunar Haat will be organized in Chandigarh from 13 to 22 March. 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. So far, Hunar Haats have been organized at various places such as Delhi, Mumbai, Prayagraj, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Puducherry and Indore.
On the occasion, women artisans, who have come to Hunar Haat in Ranchi from across the country, were felicitated. Uttar Pradesh Minister Suresh Khanna; Member of Parliament from Ranchi Sanjay Seth; former Jharkhand Govt Minister & MLA from Ranchi, C P Singh and other dignitaries were present.
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