34TH EDITION OF HUNAR HAAT

Recently, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has organised the 34th Edition of Hunar Haat in Gujarat where Artisans from 30 states and union territories have participated.

Important points:

  • First launched in 2016, it is an exhibition of handicrafts and traditional products made by artisans from the minority communities.
  • Hunar Haat has been conceptualized to protect and promote the country’s ancestral legacy of arts and crafts in the current global competition and to support the traditional artisans and craftsmen.
  • The artisans selected in the Hunar Haat exhibition are those whose forefathers were involved in such traditional handmade work and are still continuing the profession.
  • The USTTAD scheme aims to promote and preserve the rich heritage of the traditional arts & crafts of the minority communities.

Aim:

  1. To provide market exposure and employment opportunities to artisans, craftsmen and traditional culinary experts.
  2. Boosting the skills of craftsmen, weavers and artisans who are already engaged in the traditional ancestral work.

Significance:

  • ‘Hunar Haat’ has proved to be an “Empowerment Exchange” for master artisans and craftsmen.
  • It has proved to be immensely beneficial and encouraging for artisans and craftsmen as lakhs of people visit the “Hunar Haat” and purchase indigenous handmade products of artisans on a large scale.
  • It is also providing employment opportunities to lakhs of artisans and craftsmen from across the country.
  • Presently around 7 lakh people across the country are directly and indirectly associated with Hunar Haat, About 40 % of them are women artisans, and in the next couple of years, around 17 lakh families are expected to join Hunar Haat.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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