Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi believes that the platform is perfect to promote, preserve and provide retail opportunities for traditional and ancestral art
BBraj Raj Utsav’ and ‘Hunar Haat’, the ‘Kumbh of Kaushal Kuber’, was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on November 10 at Vrindavan.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs and Deputy Leader, Rajya Sabha, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, MP Hema Malini; UP’s Minister for Power, Shrikant Sharma; Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary; UP Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad vice-chairman, Shailja Kant Misra and other dignitaries were also present at the inauguration of the 31st ‘Hunar Haat’ at Vrindavan, Mathura.
Naqvi said that ‘Hunar Haat’ is the perfect platform to promote, preserve and provide market and opportunities to centuries old traditional and ancestral art and craft of India, strengthening the “Swadeshi” and “Vocal for Local” campaign. ‘Hunar Haat’, being organised at organised at Kumbh Mela Ground, Vrindavan, Mathura (UP) from November 10-19 will also ensure economic empowerment of indigenous artisans and craftsmen.
Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad is organising the 10-day Braj Raj Mahotsav from November 10 in Vrindavan to promote the glorious Braj culture. Religious, traditional, folk dance as well as cultural programmes related to Braj culture will be organised during the event.
Naqvi shared that about 400 artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts are participating in ‘Hunar Haat’, during the ‘Braj Raj Utsav’, from more than 30 states and UTs.
Renowned artists such as Annu Kapoor; Kailash Kher; Suresh Vadekar; Punit Issar (to perform the Mahabharat show); Sadanand Biswas; Anoop Jalota; renowned bhajan singer Usman Mir; singer Rani Indrani and others will perform various cultural and musical programmes every evening at ‘Hunar Haat’.
Naqvi added that more than six lakh artisans, craftsmen and people associated with them have been provided employment and employment opportunities through ‘Hunar Haat’ over the last six years. ‘Hunar Haat’ is also available for viewing at virtual and online platform http://hunarhaat.org and GeM portal. People of the country and abroad can buy ‘Hunar Haat’ products digital and online also.
The next ‘Hunar Haats’ will be organised in Lucknow (November 12-21); Pragati Maidan, New Delhi (November 14-27); Hyderabad (November 26 to December 5); Surat (December 10-19); New Delhi (December 22, 2021 to January 2, 2022).
‘Hunar Haat’ will also be organised in Mysuru, Guwahati, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Patna, Puducherry, Mumbai, Jammu, Chennai, Chandigarh, Agra, Prayagraj, Goa, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Kota, Sikkim, Srinagar, Leh, Shillong, Ranchi, Agartala and other places in the next few months.