New Delhi, April 21: The magic of hand-crafted and hand-woven marvels of rural Bengal was here again to cast its spell on the connoisseurs of the capital city at “Banga Utsav 2015″, which was held from 14th April to 21st April, 2015, at Dilli Haat, INA.
Heralding the advent of the Bengali New Year or “Nabo Barsho”, the week-long exposition, organized by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, in collaboration with socio-cultural organization banglanatak dot com, was inaugurated on 15th April, 2015 in the gracious presence of Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, Additional Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Shri Atanu Purkayastha, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal, Shri R.D. Meena, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal and Dr. Puneet K. Goel, Commissioner, South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Some of the highlights of the exhibition were:-
• Display and sale of ethnic Bengal handloom products, beautiful Baluchari and hand-printed batik sarees and exquisite handicrafts items such as mats, wooden dolls and masks, embossed leather goods, clay models, dokra craft and terracotta costume jewellery.
• Promotion of community-led and managed Rural Craft Hubs being developed in ten locations across Bengal targeting revitalization of traditional crafts, capacity building, infrastructure, technology and marketing support to craft persons and encouraging diversification efforts to ensure better financial returns for their creations.
• Participation by Oxford Book Store and their concept refreshment lounge Cha Bar.
• Presentation of mesmerizing folk music tradition of Bengal with programmes in the evenings of 18th and 19th April, 2015, bringing performers of Bhatiyali and Bhawaiya songs at the amphitheatre of Dilli Haat to create an ambience of celebration, colour and rhythm.
The Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, is organizing handicrafts and handloom fairs at Delhi at regular intervals for the last few years with an objective to provide a national platform to rural artisans and weavers from the state. This endevour was a part of that continuing initiative which has received wide acclaim and encouragement from the citizens of Delhi so far.