Ahmedabad (Gujarat), 08th Dec, 2019: Press release of inauguration of “Hunar Haat”, being organised by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India, from 07th to 15th Dec, 2019 at Sabarmati River Front, Ahmedabad:

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that “Hunar Haat” have proved to be an effective and successful mission to preserve and promote India’s indigenous traditional legacy of master artisans and craftsmen which was on the verge of extinction.

While inaugurating “Hunar Haat”, being organized at Sabarmati River Front Ahmedabad, Gujarat from 07th to 15th December, 2019, Shri Naqvi today said that while on one hand “Hunar Haat” promotes traditional arts of master artisans and craftsmen, on the other hand, thousands of artisans and people associated with them including a large number of women artisans have been provided employment and employment opportunities through “Hunar Haat”.

Shri Naqvi said that “Hunar Haat”, being organised at prominent places across the country, have proved to be financially beneficial for the needy artisans and craftsmen as each “Hunar Haat” generates business worth crores of rupees for indigenous handmade exquisite products of artisans and craftsmen. These artisans are receiving orders for their products not only from domestic markets but also from international markets. “Hunar Haat” have proved to be “Empowerment Exchange” for master artisans and craftsmen.

Shri Naqvi said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs has sanctioned 100 “Hunar Hubs” in different parts of the country in the first 100 days of the Modi Government-2. Training will be provided to master artisans, craftsmen and traditional culinary experts according to modern needs in these “Hunar Hubs”.

Shri Naqvi said that the next “Hunar Haat” will be organised at Mumbai from 20th to 31st December, 2019 and then Lucknow (10th to 20th January, 2020); Hyderabad (11th to 19th January, 2020); Chandigarh (from 20th January to 1st February, 2020) and Indore (08th to 16th February, 2020).

In “Hunar Haat”, being organised at Ahmedabad, artisans and craftsmen including a large number of women artisans are participating. The artisans have brought with them very exquisite pieces of Handicrafts & Handloom work from Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, J&K, Jharkhand, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP, West Bengal, Bihar, Manipur, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and other states. The dying craft namely Tikhu art from Uttar Pradesh is maiden entry in “Hunar Haat” at Ahmedabad. Coconut shell products from Kerala is also getting represented for the first time. Wood inlay works on rose wood from Karnataka will be an added attraction.

People coming at “Hunar Haat” in Ahmedabad will also enjoy traditional delicacies from different states of the country.

Besides, traditional dance, music, Kawwali and other cultural programmes presented every day by renowned artists will also be a major attraction for the visitors. Renowned artists like Sabri Brothers, Trannum Mallik, Rekha Raj, Rahul Joshi, Ashwini Kumar, Mickey Singh Narula, Mukesh Pancholi, Trupti Mehul Shah will enthral the audience with their performances.

In the coming days, “Hunar Haat” will be organized in Gurugram, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Dehradun, Patna, Bhopal, Nagpur, Raipur, Puducherry, Amritsar, Jammu, Shimla, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, Ranchi, Bhubneshwar, Ajmer and other places.