Soon after the meeting of the Union Cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Hunaar Haat at India Gate Lawns in New Delhi where he interacted with artisans from different communities. He visited the stalls of craftsmen, artisans, and culinary experts from different parts of the country participating in the fair. The Prime Minister shared some glimpses of his visit in his social media accounts.
PM Modi who spent close to 50 minutes had 'litti choka', a popular dish in Bihar, along with a cup of tea for lunch. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi accompanied him.
He later strolled around and stopped at different stalls to interact with artisans. One of the artists presented a map of India to the PM, which depicted the cultural diversity of India. Another artist who was differently-abled presented a painting of the Prime Minister's face to him. She is said to have learnt painting by herself and now makes enough money selling her painting.
Later, the Prime Minister tried his hand at different musical instruments put up at the stalls.
The latest edition of Hunar Haat which is underway in Delhi, has more than 250 stalls where more than 50% of the artists are women.
Hunaar Haat is an exhibition of handicrafts and traditional products made by artisans from the Minority communities. It reflects the government's commitment to providing employment opportunities as well as preserving and promoting India's indigenous traditional legacy, several of which are on the verge of extinction.
The theme of this year's Hunar Haat is 'Kaushal ko Kaam'. More than 3 lakh craftsmen, artisans, and culinary experts have been provided employment and employment opportunities through Hunar Haat in the last 3 years. These beneficiaries include a large number of women artisans.