Press Note on Bengal Pre-Puja Expo 2017

Press Note on Bengal Pre-Puja Expo 2017

Office of the Resident Commissioner
Government of West Bengal, New Delhi

Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition ushers in the festive season in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 20: Durga Puja, the grand celebration of faith, art and aesthetics, is just a few weeks away. Heralding the joyous mood ahead of the festive season, a nine-day exhibition to showcase an array of exquisite and exclusive handloom and handicrafts creations of master weavers and craftspersons of Bengal was inaugurated at the national capital today.

The 6th Edition of the ‘Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition’, which is being organized by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, from 19th to 27th August, 2017, was formally inaugurated at Handloom Haat, Janpath, in the gracious presence of Dr. Krishna Gupta, Principal Resident Commissioner and Shri R. D. Meena, Officer on Special Duty and Principal Advisor, Office of the Resident Commissioner.

Seventy artisans from 12 districts of West Bengal are participating in the exposition which is aimed at promoting the rich and glorious tradition of Bengal handicrafts and handloom and also ensuring commercial benefits to the craftspersons and weavers ahead of the Durga Puja festival.

The exposition boasts of a range of beautiful handloom and handicrafts products, including Baluchari, Batik, Tangail and Kantha Stitch sarees, Shantiniketan leather bags and purses as well as dokra and copper ornaments.

Cultural soirees are being organized at the courtyard of Handloom Haat on the evening of 20th August and 26th August, with a presentation of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s dance drama “Chitrangada” by Padmashree Smt. Ranjana Gauhar and troupe and a performance by Bengali folk band “Sahajiya”, respectively.

The initiative is being supported by the Departments of Industry, Commerce & Enterprises, Tourism, and Information & Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal. The Office of the Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, which is providing the platform of ‘Handloom Haat’, has extended valuable assistance to this endeavour.

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