New Delhi, 11th Nov, 2016: Press release of my press conference on “Hunar Haat”, to be organised at India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2016 at New Delhi:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that more than 184 master artisans will showcase their traditional art and skills at “Hunar Haat”, which will be organised at India International Trade Fair (2016) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from 14 to 27 November.

Addressing media persons, Shri Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat” (Skill Haat) exhibition is aimed at promoting and supporting artisans from Minority communities and providing them domestic as well as international market for display and sell their products. This will provide an excellent platform to artisans belonging to Minority communities from across the nation to display their art and skills before the domestic and international visitors. “Hunar Haat” will be an amazing gathering of artisans from every corner from 26 states and Union Territories of the country.

The exhibition is being organized in Hall No. 14 of Pragati Maidan by National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) under scheme “USTTAD” (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) of Ministry of Minority Affairs.

Shri Naqvi said that one of the special feature of this unique “Hunar Haat” is that besides providing free of cost stall to artisans/craftsmen, the Minority Affairs Ministry will also make arrangements for their transport and will help in their daily expenses so that these expert artisans can reach to Delhi easily and display their arts/skills at the international platform in the form of International Trade Fair.

Shri Naqvi said that the exhibition will include artefacts made by cane and bamboo in North eastern states; cloth work and embroidery (chikan) work, brass artefacts, Jardoji clothes work of Uttar Pradesh; collection of pottery work of Southern states; sandalwood and other wooden artefacts; handicrafts from Bihar-Jharkhand; indigenous goods for domestic use from Bengal-Odisha and herbal products made from aloe vera, neem, tulsi etc.

The exhibition at “Hunar Haat” will also display other arts/crafts like marble work from Rajasthan; beautiful handicrafts from Gujarat; Pashmina and bronze work from Kashmir. Besides, centuries old Ayurvedic, Unani health care; glass artefacts; Indian silk-cotton work will also be a part of the exhibition. The artisans will also display their skills of making products live before the people at the Trade Fair.

The USTTAD scheme aims at preserving & promoting the rich heritage of the traditional arts & crafts of the Minority communities. These crafts have gradually lost their employability in the light of globalisation & competitive market. This has demotivated the younger generation including the wards of master craft persons to look for different avenues for livelihood. This Ministry is trying to preserve such art forms through inputs such as better marketing linkage, new designs, better packaging, training & credit linkage.

IITF is an exhibition of national/international acclaim and is expected to provide ample opportunity and a platform under one roof to artisans & craft persons of Minority communities, to demonstrate, showcase and sell their products.

Shri Naqvi said that he had written to Chief Ministers of all the states requesting them to direct the concerned Department of their respective states to make aware talented artisans and craft persons about this exhibition and encourage them to attend “Hunar Haat”.

For selection of artisans, open advertisement was released in newspapers in regional languages also across cities from different states of the country.

NMDFC had also requested its State Channelising Agencies to identify and sponsor artisans from different Minority communities practicing different art forms, especially from craft clusters. 
Our efforts have yielded very good results as around 500 applications have been received directly against advertisement released by us. The State Governments and State Channelising Agencies of NMDFC have also forwarded applications of around 240 artisans. Thus altogether around 740 applications were received.

After careful consideration and scrutiny of applications, more than 184 artisans have been shortlisted to display their arts and skills in about 100 stalls. The shortlisted artisans include several State/National Awardees from 5 Minority communities representing as many as 26 states and Union Territories.

These artisans include from the states of Uttar Pradesh (41), Gujarat (18), Delhi (17), Jammu and Kashmir (16), Rajasthan (13), West Bengal (9) and Bihar (7). Besides these states, artisans from Leh-Laddakh to Manipur, Nagaland to Kerala are participating in “Hunar Haat”.

A special pavilion has also been put up in “Hunar Haat” exhibition area for audio-visual depiction of schemes & programs of the Ministry, NMDFC and constituent organizations. This will help in creating awareness about the schemes & programmes of the Ministry among the visitors, so that they could avail assistance under these programmes.

Shri Naqvi also launched specially designed “Hunar Haat Logo” today. The logo will be used for branding in exhibitions in future also.