New Delhi, Aug 27: Durga Puja, the grand celebration of faith, art and aesthetics, is just a few weeks away. Heralding the joyous mood ahead of the festive season, a nine-day exhibition to showcase an array of exquisite and exclusive handloom and handicrafts creations of master weavers and craftspersons of Bengal was organized at the national capital from 19th to 27th August, 2017.
The 6th Edition of the ‘Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition’, which was organized by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, was formally inaugurated on 20th August at Handloom Haat, Janpath, in the gracious presence of Dr. Krishna Gupta, Principal Resident Commissioner and Shri R. D. Meena, Officer on Special Duty and Principal Advisor, Office of the Resident Commissioner.
Seventy artisans from 12 districts of West Bengal participated 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 ahead of the Durga Puja festival.
The exposition boasted of a range of beautiful handloom and handicrafts products, including Baluchari, Batik, Tangail and Kantha Stitch sarees, Shantiniketan leather bags and purses as well as dokra and copper ornaments.
Cultural soirees were organized at the courtyard of Handloom Haat on the evening of 20th August and 26th August, with a presentation of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s dance drama “Chitrangada” by Padmashree Smt. Ranjana Gauhar and troupe and a performance by Bengali folk band “Sahajiya”, respectively.
The initiative was supported by the Departments of Industry, Commerce & Enterprises, Tourism, and Information & Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal. The Office of the Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, which provided the platform of ‘Handloom Haat’, extended valuable assistance to this endeavour.