Shiela Dikshit bats for places like Dilli Haat

Last Updated: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 21:36

New Delhi: In order to make Delhi a hub for
arts and artisans, Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit is batting
for more traditional arts and crafts bazaars like the Dilli
Haat that also provides an alternative to malls.

"We dream of Delhi becoming the hub for arts and
artisans," said Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit at the
opening ceremony of the 25th annual Craft Bazaar of Dastkari
Haat Samiti at Dilli Haat here.

"We already have two haats--one here and one in
Pitampura. A third one is coming up in Rohini soon...We will
also have a nature bazaar at the Andheria More which will sell
all natural products," said Dikshit.

To mark the completion of 25 years of Dastkari Haat
Samiti, the organisation has invited representatives from
Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda to
participate in Handcrafting Promises -- a platform to
interact, learn, appreciate and expose themselves to India`s
traditional crafts.

The External Affairs Ministry is supporting the
initiative.

"A group of students from the US said they were amazed
how Dilli Haat was providing an alternative to malls. We want
to continue this and provide opportunities to the poor. We
want to make this city a city of haats," said Jaya Jaitly,
president of Dastkari Haat Samiti.

A total of 190 craftspeople from across India are
particioating in the current fair. The Samiti, a national
association of crafts people, was founded in 1986 and has
over 1500 members from all states of India in all craft
skills.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 21:36

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