Kashmiri Wazwan, Pashmina shawl attract visitors at ‘Hunar Haat’

NEW DELHI, Feb 26:
Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said “Hunar Haat”, being organised by his ministry has proved to be an effective campaign to promote master artisans from across the country and provide market-opportunity to them.
Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Naqvi said the second “Hunar Haat”, organised at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place here from February 11 to 26, not only provided a market opportunity to master artisans, craftsmen and “Bawarchis”, it also gave a strong message of social harmony.
The “Hunar Haat” was a smash hit among the people as more than 26 lakh people, both domestic and foreign visitors, visited this “Hunar Haat”. People not only made purchases worth lakhs of rupees from these artisans but these craftsmen got orders from foreign countries as well.
With the theme “Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam”, the second “Hunar Haat” was unique in the sense that it showcased crafts and traditional cuisines brought from different parts of the country at “Bawarchikhana”. Besides handicrafts and various dishes, the people also enjoyed various cultural programmes, Qawwali, Gazal, “Bhajan”, puppet dance and bioscope.
The artisans especially at food stalls, not only maintained high standard of personal hygiene, they also strengthened “Swacch Bharat Mission” by keeping their surroundings clean. The people visiting “Hunar Haat” appreciated this step of the artisans.
Facebook page of “Hunar Haat” was also launched on February 16. The Facebook page contains information about the two “Hunar Haat”, which have been organised by the Ministry. It also has details about states where artisans have come from; details of handicraft, other items and food. Photos and videos of “Hunar Haat” are also available.
The people enjoyed all the activities in “Hunar Haat” live on this Facebook page. More than 100 artisans and more than 30 culinary experts from about all the states and Union Territories participated at about 130 stalls in the second “Hunar Haat”. The selected artisans included several state and national level awardees.
For the first time in this exhibition very exquisite pieces of Handicraft & Handloom work like Makrana Marble products, Bandhej from Sikar, Mojri from Rajasthan, Banjara Embroidery from Telangana, Handmade Locks and Door Handles along with Phool Patti works from Aligarh, Cocoon decorated products from Nagaland, Mizoram Traditional Crafts, Kashmiri Pashmina Shawl, Sandalwood and other wooden works, ceramic pottery work, Banarsi Saree, Cotton designer dress, Manipur’s Beadwork; purse and bags made in Nagaland, jute products from Assam; copper bells art from Gujarat; copper pots from Moradabad; Maheshwari saree from Madhya Pradesh; Bidri handicraft from Karnataka, handloom from Uttarakhand; woolen items from Himachal Pradesh; glass and wooden works from Kerala, jewellery from Rajasthan  among others were available.
The visitors also enjoyed different cuisines from 13 states. People enjoyed Awadhi Mughlai foods from Lucknow, Dal Bati Churma and Thali from Rajasthan, dishes from West Bengal, Malabari food from Kerala, Litti Chokha of Bihar, Puran Poli from Maharashtra, Dhokla and Jalebi from Gujarat, Kashmiri Wazwan from Jammu and Kashmir, Bhutte Ke Khees, Sabudana Kheer & Khichri from Madhya Pradesh, Manipuri dishes, Punjab’s Chhole Bhature, Delhi’s aloo chat, “Kesariya Milk”, “Kulfi”, “Jalebi” and various traditional South Indian food among others.
The first “Hunar Haat” was organised from November 14 to 27 at India International Trade Fair in November 2016. Next “Hunar Haat” will be organised at Mumbai soon. “Hunar Haat” will also be organised at Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangluru, Lucknow, Allahabad, Ranchi, Guwahati, Jaipur, Bhopal among others to promote master artisans from all corners of the country. (UNI)