Government organising Hunar Haat to showcase local crafts, cuisines
New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) The Ministry of Minority Affairs is organising the second edition of ‘Hunar Haat’ on the theme of ‘Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam’ from February 11 to February 26 here, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced on Saturday.
“The Hunar Haat initiative is aimed at encouraging, promoting and providing national and international market to artisans/craftsmen belonging to the minority communities,” Naqvi said.
He added that it is unique in the sense that it would showcase crafts with the traditional cuisines brought from different parts of the country.
The Haat is being organised through National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) under USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) scheme of the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
“A total of 100 artisans and 30 culinary experts will participate at about 130 stalls in the second Hunar Haat, which will also have ‘Bawarchikhana’ where various cuisines from different parts of the country will be showcased and the visitors can enjoy them,” he said.
More than 500 applications from artisans and culinary experts from 24 states were received by the ministry.
Hunar Haat is aimed at providing an opportunity and a platform under one roof to artisans and craft persons of minority communities, to demonstrate, showcase and sell their products, Naqvi said.
On display at the Hunar Haat will be exquisite handicrafts such as Makrana marble products, Bandhej from Sikar, Mojri from Rajasthan, Banjara embroidery from Telangana, handmade locks and door handles along with phool patti works from Aligarh, cocoon decorated products from Nagaland and Mizoram’s traditional crafts.
Besides, there would be local cuisines from 13 states. These include Awadhi Mughlai foods from Lucknow, Dal Bati Churma and Thali from Rajasthan, Sandesh and Rasogolla from West Bengal, Malabari food from Kerala and Litti Chokha of Bihar.