Hunar Haat in Puducherry
Puducherry: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on September 24 inaugurated the ‘Hunar Haat’ (Artisan’s Fair) Crafts Bazaar, Gandhi Thidal Beach, Goubert Avenue. The week long crafts mela attracted artisans and stalls from 16 states selling Hyderabadi pearls, wrought Iron and woodcarving, wooden and sandalwood items, handmade jewellery, hand embroidery, handmade painting, wooden toys, printed dresses and Maheshwari sarees. Culinary experts from Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Telengana, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh put up their stalls.
Naqvi said that Ministry of Minority Affairs has prepared an E-portal to provide national as well as international markets to artisans and craftsmen from across the country. A data bank of artisans and craftsmen will be prepared by this year end, thousands of artisans from various parts of the country have already been registered, he said.
Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanaswamy also participated. Others who participated included National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation Chairman, Mr. Shabaz Ali and officials of the Ministry.