New Delhi, 14th Nov, 2017: Salient points of my press conference on “Hunar Haat”, being organised at Pragati Maidan from 14 to 27 Nov, 2017:

 Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that “Hunar Haat”, being organised by Minority Affairs Ministry at different parts of the country, have 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.

Addressing a press conference on “Hunar Haat”, being organised at prestigious India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2017 at Pragati Maidan from 14th to 27th November, Shri Naqvi 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.

Shri Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat” are being organised by Minority Affairs Ministry under USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) scheme. The USTTAD scheme aims at preserving & promoting the rich heritage of the traditional arts & crafts of the Minority communities.

This time “Hunar Haat” is being organised at Hall Number-7G & 7H of Pragati Maidan. 130 artisans from 20 states & Union Territories are participating which include about 30 women artisans.

Shri 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 furniture, handlooms, handicrafts, bakery items, hand-prepared oil, organic spices and grain.

Shri Naqvi said that the artisans have brought with them very exquisite pieces of Handicraft & Handloom work like Cane & Bamboo & Jute Products of Assam; Tussar, Geeja, Matka Silk of Bhagalpur; Traditional Jewellery, Lac Bangles & Jewellery from Rajasthan & Telangana; Kantha Products of West Bengal; Brocades of Varanasi; Lucknawi Chikan Work, Zari Zardozi from U.P; Khurja Ceramic Products; Clay items, Blackstone Pottery, Dry Flowers and Traditional Handicrafts of North-East; Shawls, Carpets & Papier-mache of Kashmir; Ajrakh Print, Mutva, Kutch Embroidery & Bandhej of Gujarat; Batik/Bagh/Maheshwari of Madhya Pradesh; Aplique & Ajrakh of Barmer; Leather Products, Brassware of Moradabad; Kalamkari of Telangana; to name a few.

New products include baskets made from Natural Grass by artisans from Puducherry & UP; Gota patti work from Rajasthan, Mural paintings & Bandhej from Gujarat.

Shri 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” will 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.