Mysuru, October 19:- The Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, a nodal agency for preservation, promotion and protection of Indian handicrafts is implementing various schemes for the promotion and development of handicrafts and the welfare of the craftsmen.
The Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) is organising around 300 mega marketing events across the country to provide direct marketing avenues to the artisans. As a part of this, Gandhi Shilp Bazaar is being organised at JSS Mysore Urban Haat, Mysuru, in association with JSS Mahavidyapeetha.
The main objective of conducting this mega event is to provide a marketing platform to the artisans from all over the country to arrange for a direct marketing linkage between the artisans and the art-loving citizens. The participating craftsmen can feel the real needs and the taste of the consumer and can orient the designs as per the market requirement.
About 100 crafts persons including national awardees, state awardees selected through the field offices of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) from various states will be participating with their exquisite craft creations to showcase their traditional heritage of arts and crafts to the art connoisseurs of Mysuru.
The major crafts that will be on display and sale are exquisite wood carvings, stone carvings, bronze icons, wood inlay items, terracotta, papier machie, carpets, durries, imitation jewellery, wooden lacquerware, pearl jewellery, batik, leather craft, kalamkari painting, Thanjavur/Mysuru painting etc. from the southern states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, artistic leather chappals of Maharashtra, stuffed toys, Kutch embroidery, Dhokra casting from Chhattisgarh, Chanderi sarees, Patola sarees, Pattachitra, silver filigree from Orissa, Chittal Patti, cane and bamboo, dry flower items from the North-Eastern states, chickan embroidery, cut glass jewellery, carpets, art metal works from Uttar Pradesh, stone artware, printed textiles, Madhubani paintings of Bihar, phulkari from Punjab, leather items, lac bangles,
This is a direct sale of handicrafts by manufacturers to buyers. The stalls are provided free of cost, Travelling expenses, dearness allowance and freight charges of these artisans are paid by the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) as per norms. Since it is a direct contact between artisans and buyers, the rates of handicrafts will be almost reasonable.
This is a unique event showcasing the marvellous handicrafts creations from all over the country under one roof and providing an excellent opportunity for the art-loving public residing in and around the city of Mysuru to have a glimpse of all national crafts.
The event will be inaugurated by Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Prathap Simha at 4 pm on October 22. MLA G T Devegowda, Mysuru Urban Development Authority chairman H V Rajeev, JSSMVP executive secretary Dr C G Betsurmath, K R Santhanam, Director, Audit and Accounts, JSS MVP; Dr H R. Mahadevaswamy, Joint Director, JSS Technical Education Division, JSS MVP and K S Sunil Kumar, Assistant Director, Handicraft Service Centre, Ministry of Textiles, GoI, Mysuru, will be the chief guests.
The exhibition at JSS Mysore Urban Haat, Mysuru, is open to the public from Oct 22 to 31 (including Sundays) from 10.30 am to 9.00 pm. (MR)