New Delhi: On Friday, 18th December, the Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Hunar Haat through video-conference, being organised by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs from 18th to 27th December at Numaish Ground, Panvadiya in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Minority Affairs. Gadkari revealed that the MSME Ministry, Minority Affairs Ministry, and Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will work jointly to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” by providing international markets to products of the Hunar Haat. Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi; KVIC Chairman Vinay Kumar Saxena; Sidharth Nath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister of Khadi and Villages Industries and MSME; and Minister of State (MoS), Jal Shakti, Baldev Singh Aulakh were present as the Chief Guests on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, MSME Minister Gadkari said economic development a is must for the nation’s overall development, adding that eradication of poverty is a priority of the Modi Government. Hunar Haat is playing an important role in this regard, he said.
The MSME Minister said that magnificent indigenous handmade products from across the country are available at Hunar Haat in Rampur. Hunar Haat is providing an effective platform to the needy, and especially the talented artisans and craftsmen from the villages of the country, said Gadkari, adding that when these indigenous products reach international markets and artisans become prosperous, only then will the dream will be fulfilled.
KVIC Chairman Saxena said that artisans and craftsmen from across the country are displaying their talent at Hunar Haat, which has ensured better livelihood to needy artisans and craftsmen. Chairman Saxena observed that Hunar Haat has provided an effective platform to ancestral legacy of artisans and craftsmen.
UP Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that Hunar Haat, being organised across the country, is the perfect platform to provide markets to artisans and craftsmen. Hunar Haat is fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘Vocal for Local’, he said, adding that Hunar Haat is also playing an important role in strengthening the mission of “One District, One Product”.
Minority Affairs Minister Naqvi said that Hunar Haat has proved to be an effective platform to strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and commitment to ‘Vocal for Local’ by promoting and encouraging indigenous products of master artisans and craftsmen.
The Minority Affairs Minister said that indigenous products of master artisans are a major attraction at Hunar Haat in Rampur and people will also enjoy traditional delicacies from almost every corner of the country at the event. 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 observed, adding that this Hunar Haat will be an occasion to live the feeling of communal harmony and the country’s “Unity in Diversity”.
Minister Naqvi observed that master artisans and craftsmen from all over the country have brought their indigenous products made with wood, brass, bamboo, glass, cloth, paper, clay, and other materials.
He said 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 will be available under one roof at the Rampur Hunar Haat.
On 18th and 19th December, Ramleela will be performed on the theme of “Shri Ram Rajya” by Sushil Ji Maharaj. Besides this, renowned 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 for audiences different cultural programmes to be organised every day at the Rampur Hunar Haat.
On 27th Dec, ‘Kavi Sammelan’ will be organised where the audience will witness performances by renowned 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.
Minister Naqvi added that the Hunar Haat at Rampur is also available at virtual and online platforms, including the Hunar Haat website. People of the country and abroad will be able to buy Hunar Haat products online as well
Naqvi noted that Hunar Haats, 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 about 5 years, have become popular among the people.
The next Hunar Haat will be organised at Shilp Gram, Lucknow (UP) from 22nd to 31st January 2021 with the theme of ‘Vocal for Local’. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate the Hunar Haat to be organised at Lucknow.
Minister Naqvi said 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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