Gujarat Handicrafts Utsav, A Big Draw

The 10-day sixth Gujarat Handicrafts Utsav, Industrial Extension Cottage (Indext-C), jointly organised by Government of Gujarat and Shilparamam at Shilparamam, Madhapur, Hyderabad, comes to a close on Sunday, October 8. At the exhibition there is sale of handloom-handicraft artefacts by artisans of Gujarat, with special attraction of Kachigodi and Puppet show.

Awardee Artisan and the dying art is on live demonstration, where nearly 80 artisans are participating. One can catch the Patola weaving, Tangaliya weaving, Shawl weaving, Kutchi-Embroidery, Ajrakh Block Print, Tie & Dye (Bandhej), Leather work, Copper Bell, Mud mirror work, Zari-zardosi work, Bead work, Agate articles, Chaniya choli, Applique work, Wooden & Metal work, Jewellery & accessories, Home decor & furnishings etc.

The Principal Secretary, Govt. of Telangana, YAT&C Department, Smt. Shailaja Ramayier, IAS, Sri G. Kishan Rao IAS, Special Officer, Executive Director, INDEXT-C Sri Deepak Shukala, Marketing Manager Dr. Snehal Makhwana and General Manager Shilparamam, Anjaiah garu were present at the inauguration on September 29. The Gujarat artisans explained about their artwork to Shailaja Ramayier.

On the opening day, there was the traditional Gujarati Raas Garbha dance, where nearly 40 dancers participated. Also, on the occasion, there was Kuchipudi dance recital by the students of Smt. Jayanthi Narayana.

Prior to the Gujarat exhibition, a 10-day Bihar Connect was also held at the same venue. Nearly 120 artisans from Bihar state exhibited Handicrafts, Handlooms and Khadi & Village Industries of Bihar state. A variety of craft items like Madhubani Painting, Tikuli art, Sikki Art, Jute Products, Manjusha Painting, Khadi shirts, Dress Materials, Bhagalpuri sarees, silk sarees, Wooden Craft, Kheta embroidery, Nalanda lac Bangles, stone carving, etc attracted the Hyderabadis.

As is customary, cultural programmes were held in the evenings at the amphitheatre, Shilparamam Madhapur.

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