New Delhi, 16th Feb, 2017: Facebook page of “Hunar Haat” launched:-

 Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the second “Hunar Haat” of Minority Affairs Ministry, being organized at Cannaught Place’s Baba Kharak Singh Marg from 11th to 26th February, has become a center of attraction and appreciation for visitors not only from across the country but also foreign visitors.

While launching of Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hunarhaat17/of “Hunar Haat”, Shri Naqvi said that the second “Hunar Haat”, based on the theme of “Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam”, has been visited by more than 15 lakh people yet. This “Hunar Haat” is unique in the sense that it is showcasing crafts and traditional cuisines brought from different parts of the country. It also has a “Bawarchikhana” where the people are enjoying various dishes from across the country.

Shri Naqvi said that the Minority Affairs Ministry has been promoting “Hunar Haat” on a large scale. Launching of Facebook page is a part of this effort. The Facebook page contains information about the two “Hunar Haat”, which have been organized by the Ministry. It also has details about states where artisans have come from; detail of handicraft, other items and food. Photos and videos of “Hunar Haat” are also available.

Shri Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat”, being organized at Cannaught Place, considered as “Heart of Delhi” has been witnessing huge crowd. “Hunar Haat” is an effective mission to encourage, promote and provide national and international market-opportunity to master artisans/craftsmen belonging to the Minority communities from across the country. More than 100 artisans and more than 30 culinary experts from about all the states and Union Territories are participating at about 130 stalls in the second “Hunar Haat”. The selected artisans include several state and national level awardees.

Shri Naqvi said that the Minority Affairs Ministry has been working out on a plan to establish “Hunar Hub” in all the states where programmes such as “Hunar Haat” and other cultural events will be organized.

Shri Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat” is an important part of programmes started for socio-economic educational empowerment of Minorities by the Central Government. After huge success of two “Hunar Haat”, the Minority Affairs Ministry has been planning to organize more such events at large scale in various parts of the country. These “Hunar Haat” will be organized at Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Patna, Guwahati and other places in near future.

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 & 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 Sadi, 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 Uttrakhand; woolen items from Himachal Pradesh; glass and wooden works from Kerala, jewelry from Rajasthan etc are available.

Different cuisines from 13 states have been brought by culinary experts for this second “Hunar Haat”. The people can enjoy Awadhi Mughlai foods from Lucknow, Dal Bati Churma & Thali from Rajasthan, dishes from West Bengal, Malabari food from Kerala, Litti Chokha of Bihar, Puran Poli from Maharashtra, Dhokla & Jalebi from Gujarat, Kashmiri Wazwan from J&K, 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 etc.

The selected master artisans/craftsmen belong to states such as UP, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Manipur, Assam, Odisha and Kerala, Telangana and Bihar etc.

The first “Hunar Haat” had been organized from 14 to 27th November at India International Trade Fair in November 2016.