Pre-Puja Promotional Sale and Exhibition of Bengal Handloom and Handicrafts at Dilli Haat

New Delhi:  Following its stupendous success in the inaugural year, the 2nd Edition of the ‘Pre-Puja Promotional Sale and Exhibition of Bengal Handloom and Handicrafts’ – bringing together the best of the creations of master craftsmen and weavers of rural areas of the State – was organized in the national capital from 21st September to 6th October, 2013.

Around 25 artisans from various districts of West Bengal, including Bankura, Bardhaman, Nadia, Kolkata, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas and Birbhum, took part in the exposition at Dilli Haat, INA, which is aimed at promoting the rich and glorious tradition of Bengal handicrafts and handloom and also ensuring commercial benefits to the weavers before the festive season.

The fair was inaugurated by Shri Nitish Sengupta, Chairperson of the Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises in the gracious presence of Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal and Smt. Archana Datta, Director General, All India Radio, News Services Division, at the Air-Conditioned Lounge of Dilli Haat, INA.

The exhibition, organized by the Government of West Bengal with support from Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, follows a string of events held as part of the grand “Chalo Chalen Bengal” campaign, an initiative for promoting West Bengal as an attractive tourism destination, especially during the Durga Puja carnival, which symbolizes heritage, creativity and harmony. The Pre-Puja Expo came soon after the mega Tourism Promotion Road Show organized in The Ashok, New Delhi and the ‘Sharad Utsav’ of handloom and handicrafts at Central Cottage Industries Emporium. Shopping for new clothes has always been a traditional part of Durga Puja preparations and this exposition offered the visitors an opportunity to have a feel of the celebratory mood.

Consonant with the policy to reduce plastic packaging being followed in Delhi, environment–friendly jute packaging was also promoted during the exhibition, an endevour which was launched during the previous year’s fair and had earned accolades from customers. Decorative jute bags, arranged with the assistance of the Jute Commissioner, Kolkata, were gifted with every purchase of Rs. 2000 and above and these stylish products made of jute-cotton fibre with taffeta lining were also available at a special price at the venue. This initiative was taken in line with the objectives of Natural Fibre Mission launched by the State under the Backward Region Grant Fund.

The exposition offered a range of products, including diversified jute items, terracotta costume jewellery, Tangail and Jamdanee Sarees. Also available were the Embossed Leather Goods of Shantiniktan, Nakshi Kantha, Dhaniakhali, Shantipuri and Baluchari Sarees, all of which have received Geographical Indication (GI) registration and being especially promoted by Government of West Bengal during various exhibitions at a regular basis.

Special Cultural Soirées were organized during the fair at Dilli Haat on 22nd September, 28th September, 29th September and 5th October with Chhau and Raibenshe folk forms, modern fusion Bengali songs and colourful collage of dance performances bringing out the rhythm and tunes of Bengal. In keeping with the pre-Puja festive spirit, delectable Bengali street food was available at the venue.

 

DATE ARTISTES 1ST SLOT (6-6.45 PM) ARTISTES 2ND SLOT (6.45-7.30 PM)
 

22.09.2013

 

DANCE PERFORMANCE BY SMITA CHAKRABORTY & TROUPE

 

DUET SONGS

BY

MIHIR BASU/BISHAKHA BASU

 

 

28.09.2013

 

PERFORMANCE BY

SPECTRUM BAND

 

 

CHHAU DANCE

 

29.09.2013

 

PROGRAMME BY TRIO – LADIES SINGING TROUPE

 

 

RAIBENSHE DANCE

 

 

05.10.2013

 

PERFORMANCE BY SARINDA BAND

 

 

DANCE PROGRAMME BY KAVERI  SEN WITH ANJAN SAHA IN SITAR RECITAL

Inauguration of the expo by Shri Nitish Sengupta, Chairperson of the Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises in the gracious presence of Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal and Smt. Archana Datta, Director General, All India Radio, News Services Division

 


Dr Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Finance and Excise, Government of West Bengal, paid a visit to the expo on 23rd September.