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Hunar Haat, a spectacular platform of Ministry of Minority Affairs where exquisite pieces of Handicraft and Handloom prepared by inmates of Tihar Jail and master artisans from across the country are being displayed at India International Trade Fair (IITF) in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Started from November 14, 2017, Hunar Haat will continue to open till November 27.
While inaugurating Hunar Haat, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Hunar Haat at Pragati Maidan is an impressive gathering of master artisans and craftsmen from Tihar to Tripura, Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Karnataka to Kolkata.”
Ministry of Minority Affairs is organising Hunar Haat under ‘USTTAD’ scheme at different parts of the country and Hunar Haat has become a successful mission to provide employment and employment opportunities and national as well international markets for thousands of master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts, a press release of the Ministry said.
The Minister said that while on one hand Hunar Haat have provided a platform to master artisans and craftsmen to display their rich heritage and skill, on the other hand these exhibitions are providing domestic and international markets to these artisans and craftsmen.
This time, Hunar Haat is being organised at Hall Number-7G and 7H in Pragati Maidan, where about 130 artisans from 20 states and union territories are participating which include 30 women artisans.
Naqvi said that this Hunar Haat is unique from earlier Hunar Haat as for the first time products made by inmates of Delhi’s Tihar Jail are also available. These products include handmade furniture, handlooms, handicrafts, bakery items, organic oil, spices and grain.
The Minister said that the artisans have brought with them very exquisite pieces of Handicraft and Handloom work like cane, bamboo and jute products from Assam; tussar, geeja, matka silk from Bhagalpur, Bihar; traditional jewellery, lac bangles and jewellery from Rajasthan and Telangana; kantha products from West Bengal; brocades from Varanasi; Lucknawi chikan work, zari zardozi and Khurja ceramic products from Uttar Pradesh; clay items, blackstone pottery, dry flowers and traditional handicrafts from North-East; shawls, carpets and paper-mache from Kashmir among various types of handicrafts and handloom from across the country.
Naqvi said that the Minority Affairs Ministry had earlier organised Hunar Haat at Puducherry and Baba Khadak Singh Marg in Delhi this year and at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan last year. Hunar Haat would also be organised at Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhopal and other places in coming days. Besides, we are working to establish ‘Hunar Hub’ in all states of the country where artisans will be provided training as per present requirement.
Artisans and craftsmen from Andhra Pradesh (2), Assam (2), Bihar (4), Delhi (24), Gujarat (11), Jammu and Kashmir (9), Jharkhand (1), Karnataka (4), Madhya Pradesh (5), Manipur (1), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (4), Puducherry (3), Punjab (2), Rajasthan (12), Tamil Nadu (1), Telangana (2), Uttar Pradesh (37), Uttrakhand (1) and West Bengal (4) are participating.