‘Sharad Utsav’: A bouquet of Bengal handicrafts and handloom to usher Durga Puja in Delhi

New Delhi, August 30: Heralding the onset of Durga Puja, associated in West Bengal with the goddess’ autumnal homecoming to the earth, euphoric festivity, cultural heritage, family reunions and lavish Bengali fare, a bouquet of exquisite and exclusive handicrafts & handloom creations from Bengal was here to attract the connoisseurs of the national capital.
“Sharad Utsav” (Autumn Festival), jointly organized by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal and the Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Limited (CCIC) was inaugurated on 30th August, 2013 at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Jawahar Vyapar Bhavan, Janpath in the gracious presence of Ms. Anjali Rai, Chairperson, CCIC, Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner, West Bengal and Smt. Alka Arora, Managing Director, CCIC. The fair will be open for public till 8th September, 2013.
Spread over 1000 square feet on the ground floor of the Cottage Emporium, the festival had brought together an array of vibrant craft items including hand-painted terracotta costume jewellery and traditional Dokra or lost-wax mould products, combining creativity and enchanting folk motifs. Geographical Indication-protected ‘Nakshi Kantha’ stoles, sarees, bags, lamp-shades and daily-use items depicting elaborate needlework, ‘Embossed Leather’ bags and purses from Shantiniketan and wooden “Bankura Horses” adorned the shelves.
Like the myriad hues of its seasons, Bengal handicrafts and handloom also represent the rare blend of vibrant imagery, imagination, colour, style, variety, ethnic touch, traditional outlook and sophistication. Such exhibitions provide a unique platform to both the producers and consumers.
To invigorate the festive mood, delectable Bengali snacks and mouth-watering sweets were also served at the venue.