New Delhi, 11th Feb, 2018:Press Release regarding Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurating “Hunar Haat”, being organised by Ministry of Minority Affairs at Baba Khadak Singh Marg, New Delhi

 Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh today inaugurated “Hunar Haat”, being organised by Minority Affairs Ministry at Baba Khadak Singh Marg, Cannaught Place, New Delhi with the theme of “Development with Dignity”.

While on one hand, exquisite Handicraft & Handloom made by master artisans from across the country are on display, on the other hand people are also taking a glimpse of traditional Indian music at “Hunar Haat”, being organised till 18th February, 2018.

After inaugurating the “Hunar Haat”, Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated Minority Affairs Ministry for organising this “Hunar Haat”. He said that the handmade products not only require talents of hands but also heart and mind. Every region of our country is full of people who have such talent.

Shri Rajnath Singh said "Hunar" means- H-Hatho se banaya, U- Ummidon se sajaya, N- Nafasat se tarasha, A- Achha munafa, R- Rojgar me ijafa.

Shri Rajnath Singh said that there is a need to further publicise and recognize skill of these master artisans. He suggested that a portal should be developed for “Hunar Haat” so that this platform should be further publicized at national and international level.

Shri Rajnath Singh also visited stalls of master artisans/craftsmen and culinary experts, who have come here from across the country.

Later, talking to media persons on the occasion, Union Minority Affairs Minister Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat” are being organised by Minority Affairs Ministry to provide opportunity and domestic and international exposure to master artisans from across the country.

Shri Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat” has become a “credible brand” to fulfil Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s commitment to “Make in India”, “Stand up India”, “Start up India”. “Hunar Haat” has been proved to be an effective mission to provide market & opportunities to talent of master artisans and craftsmen from across the nation.

Shri Naqvi said that during the last one year, “Hunar Haat”, organised at various parts of the country, have been successful in providing employment and employment opportunities to more than 3 lakh artisans and other people associated with them. Shri Naqvi said that earlier Hunar Haat” had been organised at International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan (2016, 2017) and Baba Kharak Singh Marg (2017) at New Delhi; Puducherry (2017) and Mumbai (2017).

Shri Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat” is a hit as lakhs people are visiting there and encouraging master artisans and culinary experts who come from every corner of the country. The visitors purchase at large scale the handmade products made by these artisans. These craftsmen also receive large scale orders from domestic as well as international markets.

Shri Naqvi said that in the 6th “Hunar Haat” at Baba Khadak Singh Marg, hundreds of artisans from 22 States/UTs from across the country, representing Minority Communities, are participating. A large number culinary experts from 12 States are also participating. These artisans and culinary experts include a large number of women.

Shri Naqvi said that Gajal, Kawwali, and other musical programmes are also being held at “Hunar Haat” daily by renowned artists of the country at Baba Khadak Singh Marg.

Exquisite pieces of Handicraft & Handloom work like Ajrakh, Applique, Bagh, Bandhej, Bangles, Batik, Bidriware, Black Stone Pottery, Calligraphy in wood, Candles & Flowers, Cane& Bamboo, Ceramic products, Chanderi Silk, Chickenkari, Carpet, Giza&Mataka Silk, Glassware, Golden Grass Products, Ikat, Muradabadi and Madrasi brass work, Jaipuri Jutti, Kuchh Embroidery, Kalamkari, Kantha, Kashmir Art, Linen Dress Materials, Maheshwari Products, Marble Crafts, Metalware, Mooja Grass, Mud Mirror Work, MuttvaKuchh Embroidery, Namda, ParsiGara Embroidery, Pen Knife, Phool Patti Work, Rogan Art, Shantipuri Saree, Teracotta Products, Toran Bandhandwars, Varanasi Silk Sarees, Wood Inlay, Wrought Iron Products & Zari Begs to name a few are available for display and sale at this “Hunar Haat”.

Besides, people visiting here are also enjoying various delicacies such as Bengali Food & Sweets, delicacies from North-East, Gujarati Thali, Ice-cream Brownie, Jharkhand Food, Kashmiri Wazwan, Parsi Bhonu, Rajasthani Pakwan, Rajkot Sweets, Shawarma,Tamil Cuisine, Mughlai food, Bihar Ki Bati, Govan food, Hyderabadi Khichda and many other delicacies.

On the occasion, Minority Affairs Ministry Secretary Shri Amejing Luikham, NMDFC CMD Shri Shahbaz Ali and other senior officers were also present.