New Delhi:  Heralding the onset of spring, a bouquet of crafts, culture and cuisine of Bengal was on offer for visitors to “Banga Utsav” at Dilli Haat, INA, from 14th February to 24th February, 2013.

The 10-day exposition, organized by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, with support from the Department of Disaster Management, West Bengal, was inaugurated by Smt. Monika S. Garg, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Textiles, in the gracious presence of Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal.

Some of the highlights of the event were:-

Display and sale of fine handloom products, beautiful sarees and exquisite handicrafts items

Geographical Indication-registered products such as Nakshi kantha  (traditional embroidered apparel) and Shantiniketan leather goods

Hill crafts from Darjeeling and kantha stitch umbrellas from Jalpaiguri

Terracotta and bamboo costume jewellery

Jute and jute diversified products

World flamous clay models of Ghurni, Nadia

Stalls of West Bengal Tourism, Agri-Marketing Department and Disaster Management Department

Mouth-watering Bengal street food

Participation by Oxford Book Store and their concept refreshment lounge Cha Bar

While a classical dance performance by Delhi-based danseuse Smita Chakraborty marked the inaugural day, special cultural soirées were also organized during the fair at Dilli Haat on 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd February, with Sarod recital, Kathak dance, Chhau and Raibeshe folk dance, modern Bengali songs and folk music of Bengal to create an ambience of celebration, colour and rhythm.

A special attraction was Chhau dance performance by Jodharam Kumar and troupe from Shiv Shakti Chhow Dance Academy, Purulia on 22nd and 23rd February. The group, which performed at the First Prize-winning West Bengal West Bengal tableau during the Republic Day Parade-2014, was recently honoured with “Sangeet Samman” by the Government of West Bengal.