Hastkala Exhibition

Sharma Inaugurates Hastkala Exhibition

Hastkala ExhibitionThe union minister of state for culture, Tourism and civil aviation, Mahesh Sharma today inaugurated ‘OBJECT d’ ART'(Hastkala), an exhibition cum sale of art objects and ethnic art décor, at Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Janpath, New Delhi.

Exhibition aims to promote the majestic and decorative craft traditions of India. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that the government is taking various measures to promote handicrafts, such as linking it with tourism. He said that the government is making special efforts to protect handicrafts and preserve the dying crafts. Such exhibitions play an important role in enabling the artisans to market their products and improve income, Sharma added.

The 12 – day exhibition showcases Dhokra artefacts, oil lamps from the south, metal jali work on wood, Koftgiri craft such as shield with sword, tile paintings, stone dust paintings, Venkatgiri wall hangings, etc. It is organized by Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd. (CCIC).

Pramod Nagpal, MD, CCIC said that the organization aims to provide a marketing platform for the artisans of India. He said that 70% – 75% of the sale proceeds are passed on to artisans. He said that CCIC is open to enrolling new artisans and weavers, provided their products are of top quality.

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