New Delhi, Sept 17: Setting up the festive mood ahead of the upcoming Durga Puja and Dussehra, a nearly two week-long exhibition to showcase an array of exquisite and exclusive handloom and handicrafts creations of master weavers and craftspersons of rural Bengal was opened in the national capital today.
The 5th Edition of the ‘Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition’, being organized by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, from 17th to 29th September, 2016, was formally inaugurated at Handloom Haat, Janpath, in the gracious presence of Shri Sanjay Mitra, Secretary, Transport, Government of India, Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Shri R. D. Meena, Officer on Special Duty, Office of the Resident Commissioner as well as other senior officials of the Government of West Bengal and Handloom Haat.
Around 50 artisans from various districts of West Bengal will take part in the exposition which is aimed at promoting the rich and glorious tradition of Bengal handicrafts and handloom and also ensuring commercial benefits to the craftspersons and weavers before the festive season. A special attraction will be the representation of the Rural Craft Hubs, being developed in ten locations across the state by the Department of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Textiles (MSME&T) in partnership with UNESCO. The artisans from the craft hubs have been brought to Delhi in collaboration with Banglanatak dot com, an implementing agency of the project.
Special cultural soirees will be organized at the courtyard of Handloom Haat on 17th and 18th September from 6.30 p.m. onwards, with performance by Bengali folk fusion band and mystic Baul singers showcasing the vibrant cultural heritage of the state.
The initiative is being supported by the Departments of MSME&T, Tourism and Information & Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal. The Office of the Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, which is the controlling authority of Handloom Haat, has extended valuable assistance and cooperation to this endevour.