Over 100 artisans including State/National Awardees/Shilp-guru from 21 States and Union Territories from across the country, representing Minority Communities, are participating in the “Hunar Haat” being held from 4th to 10thJanuary, 2018 at Islam Gymkhana located at the Mumbai’s picturesque Marine Lines.

The event, organized by Ministry of Minority Affairs, was inaugurated on 4th January 2018 by Vinod Tawde, Minority Development & Waqf, Maharashtra and Amesing Luikham, Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.

The exhibition is being organised through National Minorities Developmentn & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) under USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) scheme of Ministry of Minority Affairs.

The USTTAD Scheme aims at preservingn & promoting the rich heritage of the traditional arts & crafts of the Minority communities. The Ministry is trying to preserve such art forms through inputs such as better marketing linkage, new designs, better packaging, training and credit linkage.

The Hunar Haat at Mumbai is being organized with a theme of “Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam”. The artisans will be bringing very exquisite pieces of Handicrafts & Handloom works.

According to the Organizers, for the first time artisans of Parsi Gara Embroidery, calligraphy in Wood and Rogan Art (which is a dying craft) are participating in the Exhibition.