New Delhi, Sept 15: Bringing a glimpse of the traditional crafts of rural Bengal to the national capital, the 3rd Edition of the ‘Pre-Puja Promotional Sale and Exhibition of Bengal Handloom and Handicrafts’ – combining the best of the creations of master artisans and weavers from the State – was organized here from September 9 to 15, 2014.
Around 40 artisans from various districts of West Bengal, including Paschim Medinipur, Bardhaman, Nadia, Dakshin Dinajpur, Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and Birbhum, took part in the exposition at Dilli Haat, INA, which was aimed at promoting the rich and glorious tradition of Bengal handicrafts and handloom and also ensuring commercial benefits to the artisans before the festive season of Durga Puja and Deepavali.
The fair was inaugurated on 10th September, 2014 by Shri R. D. Meena, Special Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, in presence of senior officials and dignitaries.
The exposition offered a range of products, including unique terracotta costume jewellery, Batik garments, finely woven mats, embroidered clothes, embossed leather goods of Shantiniktan, nakshi kantha, patachitra (scroll paintings), dokra (metal casting) ornaments, world-famous clay dolls of Nadia and wooden dolls, among other items.
Special cultural soirées were organized during the fair at Dilli Haat on 13th and 14th September with “Baul Gaan” (songs by wandering mystic minstrels of Bengal), “Nadir Gaan” (folk songs of the river) and a collage of instrumental and dance performances bringing out the rhythm and tunes of Bengal.