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New Delhi : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the 31st edition of “Hunar Haat”, the “Kumbh of Kaushal Kuber”,  and “Braj Raj Utsav” at Vrindavan on November 10, 2021, and said that the artisans and craftsmen of “Hunar Haat” are strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.

After the inauguration, Yogi Adityanath said that along with “Braj Raj Utsav”, the talent of the country has also been given a platform by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs. He said that talent is not restricted to any caste, creed or religion. Prime Minister Modi had given us some “mantras” during the Corona period. Modi worked with a resolve to save the life and livelihood of every needy and gave the slogan of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-reliant India), Yogi Adityanath said.

The Chief Minister said India is rich in handicrafts and craftsmanship. The handicrafts and craftsmanship of India is centuries’ old. The artisans and craftsmen have presented this art and craft to the people from generation to generation. This art and craft should be respected, this art should be made more inclusive, he said.

Yogi Adityanath visited “Vishwakarma Vatika” at the “Hunar Haat”. He garlanded the statue of great freedom fighter Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh and also had different traditional foods while sitting on “Khatiya” in “Mera Ganv Mera Desh”, according to a PIB release.

Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP MP Hema Malini, Uttar Pradesh Minister for Power Shrikant Sharma, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, UP Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad Vice Chairman Shailja Kant Misra, Secretary, Minority Affairs Ministry, Renuka Kumar, and other senior officials and dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Hema Malini said that artisans and craftsmen from every part of the country are present at “Hunar Haat” which is also promoting traditional cultural events.

Besides “Vishwakarma Vatika”, “Circus” will also be performed at the “Hunar Haat”, being organised at Kumbh Mela Ground, Vrindavan, Mathura, from November 10 to 19, 2021, where the Indian Circus artists will perform spectacular diverse traditional entertainment shows.

About 400 artisans, craftsmen, and culinary experts are participating at ‘Hunar Haat” in “Braj Raj Utsav”. Artisans and craftsmen from more than 30 States and Union Territories including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu-Kashmir, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, have brought their indigenous products made with wood, brass, bamboo, glass, cloth, paper, clay etc. Traditional vegetarian foods from various parts of the country are also available at the “Hunar Haat”.

Moore than 6 lakh artisans, craftsmen, and people associated with them have been provided employment and employment opportunities through “Hunar Haat” in last about 6 years. “Hunar Haat” is also available at virtual and online platform http://hunarhaat.org and GeM portal.  People of the country and abroad can buy “Hunar Haat” products digital and online also.