Chief Minister inaugurates Jagaar 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Jan 2018 11:51:26

Staff Reporter

Asserting that the magic of keeping our traditional art alive for thousands of years, is in the hands of our handicraftsmen, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said through initiatives like ‘Jagaar’, a platform is being provided to craftsmen from all over the country including Chhattisgarh, where they can not only showcase their creations but they also get the opportunity to study the creativity of other craftsmen as well.

The Chief Minister observed these views while addressing the august gathering at the inauguration ceremony of the ten-day Jagaar 2018, being organized by the Chhattisgarh Handicraft Development Board at Chhattisgarh Haat Campus located in Pandri, here today. The grand exhibition of all Indian handicrafts and handloom cloth will remain open to the general public from 11am to 9pm every day till February 7.

The Chief Minister took the opportunity to announce construction of a Sabbath building for handicraftsman at a cost of Rs 20 lakh, which will be named after Late Jaydev Baghel, a recipient of Padmashri award, at the Chhattisgarh Haat Campus Pandri. He said that this building will be available free of cost for craftsmen coming to the Haat campus. Late Jaydev Baghel was famous for Bell-metal art from Kondagaon. On the occasion the Chief Minister released a souvenir published by Chhattisgarh Handicraft Development Board.

The function was presided over by Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal which was attended by Gramodyog Minister Punnulal Mohale, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, Women and Child Development Minister Ramsheela Sahu, Chhattisgarh Handicrafts Development Board Chairman Deepak Tarachand Sahu and several others.

Around 200 craftsmen from 14 states including Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jammu-Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, etc are displaying their handicrafts at the exhibition.
Dr Raman Singh said during such exhibitions, workshops for craftsmen are also organized and large numbers of people visit such exhibitions providing good market for the exhibitors to sell their creations. In this exhibition, the craftsmen have displayed Dhokra, bell-metal, terrakota, iron-art, tumba-art, wood-craft and other handicrafts.
The Chief Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen on development of handloom and handicrafts in the entire country. There is 60 per cent increase in the sales of handloom fabrics. About 42 lakh employees are associated with handloom industry. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on the occasion felicitated five craftsmen with State-level awards.