A day at Dilli Haat

Dated: January 08, 2016

The Dilli Haat which is situated opposite INA Market in New Delhi is jampacked every Sunday.  It has always been an ideal space for people to come and witness the 'Ethnic India' in all its fabric and crafts ways!  The History of Dilli Haat tells us that it was established and opened in 1994 with the joint venture of Delhi Tourism and Ministry of Tourism and Textile, Government of India. The main aim of the fair is to promote handicraft artists and generate a wide market for them.

Dilli Haat Shopping provides a full exotic variety in shopping products that includes handlooms, handicrafts, woodcarvings, camel hide footwear, drapery, fabric made clothing, gems, beads ornaments etc. The handicrafts stall in the bazaar is placed on rotational basis where the shops will have different product every 15 days, so that the tourist and visitors can enjoy shopping different products emphasizing different part of India and even the craftsmen get a chance to place their products in the Dilli Haat.

With the plans of making Delhi a free WiFi zone, the delhiites visiting Dilli Haat could also experience free WiFi for the first 20 minutes.

By providing a market place for craftsmen where their product gets the required value. Dilli Haat has become the reason for such craftsmen for not abandoning their skill that has been passed down to them over the generations.

Dilli Haat is a place where the young Indian Craftsmen get a boost. Meet Arun Kumar Bajaj of Patiala, who has brought a number of portraits and paintings made with thread work.

“I am a well trained embroiderer and sketch artist, and I combined both my talents using thread work to make paintings and portraits. My biggest innovation was the Lord Krishna painting for which I used 27,53,000 meters of thread and it took me three years and an investment of 1.5 lakhs to complete this creation. This painting of mine has got me laurels and now I figure in Limca Book of Records and India Book of Records.”

He has also made portraits of Shri Narender Modi, Prime Minister, India and Sh Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, which just look so very real. He adds, “It takes 3-4 days to make one portraits with a clear vision and focus. I also do 3-D paintings based on my ideas of life and nature.”

The main aim of this exhibition center is to promote handicrafts and provide a platform for the budding artists.

CB

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