New Delhi: Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, that ‘Hunar Haat’ has become an effective mission of the Government to provide “Backup to Brilliance” and “Encouragement to Expertise” on Thursday, 17th December, according to a press communication from the Ministry of Minority Affairs. While addressing a press conference on the eve of Hunar Haat, being organised from 18th to 27th December at Numaish Ground, Rampur, Minister Naqvi said that besides fulfilling the commitment to “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, Hunar Haat has also proved to be an effective platform to provide large scale employment and employment opportunities to master artisans and craftsmen from every corner of the country.
Minority Affairs Minister Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat” at Rampur will be inaugurated by the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Nitin Gadkari, on 18th December. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman, Vinay Kumar Saxena; Sidharth Nath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister of Khadi and Villages Industries and MSMEs; and Minister of State (MoS), Jal Shakti, Baldev Singh Aulakh will be the Chief Guests.
Minister Naqvi remarked that Hunar Haat has proved to be an effective platform to strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and commitment to ‘Vocal for Local’ by promoting and encouraging indigenous products of master artisans and craftsmen. The Minister declared that artisans and craftsmen from Rampur had been given opportunities at various Hunar Haats organised across the country, but now Hunar Haat has reached Rampur itself. Artisans and craftsmen from every corner of the country have come here with their indigenous exquisite handmade products, he remarked.
Minister Naqvi commented that while on one hand, indigenous products of master artisans are a major attraction at Hunar Haat in Rampur, on the other hand, people will also enjoy traditional delicacies from almost every corner of the country at this Hunar Haat. Besides, different cultural programmes on the theme of “Jaan Bhi, Jahaan Bhi” to be presented every day by renowned artists are also a major attraction, he said, adding that this Hunar Haat will be an occasion to live the feeling of communal harmony and the country’s “Unity in Diversity.”
The Minority Affairs Minister said that master artisans and craftsmen from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Goa, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Ladakh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu-Kashmir, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and other places of the country have brought their indigenous products made with wood, brass, bamboo, glass, cloth, paper, clay, and other materials.
He noted that magnificent handloom products, wooden and clay toys, postal painting, metal craft, jewellery, Khadi products, Rampuri knife, Rampuri violin, black pottery, herbal products, dry flowers, wooden iron handicraft, oil painting, iron artwork, Bagh Print, cane, and bamboo products are available under one roof at the Rampur Hunar Haat.
The Ministry said that on 18th and 19th December, Ramleela will be performed on the theme of ‘Shri Ram Rajya’ by Sushil Ji Maharaj at the Rampur Hunar Haat. Besides, artists from music and other art fields such as Rekha Raj and Prem Bhatia (20th Dec); Bhupendra Singh Bhuppi (20th Dec); Smita Rao Bellur (21st Dec); Aslam Sabri (22nd Dec); Shibani Kashyap (23rd Dec); Raju Srivastava (24th Dec); Ahsan Qureshi (25th Dec); Humsar Hyat Nizami (26th Dec) will perform cultural programmes to be organised every day. On 27th Dec, ‘Kavi Sammelan’ will be organised where the audience will be witness performances by poets such as Anamika Ambar, Popular Merathi, Sunil Jogi, Suresh Awasthi, Nikhat Amrohavi, Shambhu Shikhar, Manveer Madhur, Sarita Sharma, Manjar Bhopali, Sudeep Bhola, and Gajendra Solanki.
He said that the Rampur Hunar Haat at Rampur is also available on virtual and online platforms, including the Hunar Haat website. People of the country and abroad will be able to buy Hunar Haat products digitally.
Minister Naqvi said that Hunar Haat, which has provided employment and employment opportunities to more than 5 lakh Indian artisans, craftsmen, culinary experts, and other people associated with them in the last 5 years, has become popular among the people.
The next Hunar Haat will be organised at Shilp Gram, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, from 22nd to 31st January 2021 with the theme of ‘Vocal for Local’.
Minority Afairs Minister Minister Naqvi notified that in the coming days, Hunar Haat will be organised at Jaipur, Chandigarh, Indore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, India Gate-New Delhi, Ranchi, Kota, Surat/Ahmedabad, Kochi, and other places.
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