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LG inaugurates 15-day long Craft Mela to empower handicraft, handloom artisans

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Kashmir Haat thrown open for public

Srinagar: Taking forward the ‘Vocal for Local’ campaign in the J&K to support the local artisans, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Saturday inaugurated a 15-day long Craft Mela at Kashmir Haat.

With the opening ceremony today, the Kashmir Haat has been thrown open for the public.

Speaking on the occasion, the LG observed that Kashmir Haat is being revamped to provide best ambience to the locals and visiting tourists for crafts, food, and cultural activities. “People can explore mystical world of Kashmiri art and savour the unique flavours of delightful local cuisines,” he added.

“We aim to empower handicraft, handloom artisans and improve living standards of present and future generations of our artists. With endeavours like revamping the Kashmir Haat, we are strengthening our commitment to providing market support to local artisans and weavers,” he said.

“With Amusement-cum-Children Park coming up soon in the same property, Kashmir Haat will be one of the most happening places to visit in Srinagar,” the LG maintained.

He also spoke about the government’s plans to open a similar Haat in Jammu that will showcase rich, varied handicraft tradition of the region.

He remarked that the “government is determined for providing new markets, creating sustainable livelihood for the local artisans, besides preserving rich cultural heritage of J&K”.

The Craft Mela will provide a platform to the artisans, weavers and cooperative societies to showcase the best of Kashmir handicrafts. Traditional musical display and Live demonstration of artistic skills by School of Designs, Srinagar, will be one of the main attractions of the mela, an official press release informed.

The LG visited the stalls and interacted with the artisans. He also directed the concerned officials to ensure adherence to all Covid protocols while conducting the activities at Kashmir Haat.

It is pertinent to mention that there have been no regular cultural activities at Kashmir Haat except a few occasional events. However, it is being transformed into a Craft and Food Bazaar similar to the ambience provided by Delhi Haat in the national capital. The initiative will help in tapping best of the talents in art and craft and revive the age-old tradition of village market in Srinagar, the press release said.

Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar; HoDs, other senior officers, and a large number of artisans were present on the occasion.

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