Artists and craftsmen have gathered at the Divya Kala Mela, which was inaugurated yesterday at the Kartavya Path at India Gate. It is the first of its kind where specially-abled artists and craftsmen from all over the country have gathered to showcase their crafts to the visitors.
Over 200 artists and craftsmen from 22 different states have displayed their craftsmanship forming a wholesome and curative presentation. This is the first of the many events showcasing the art and craftsmanship of specially-abled persons to the masses.
The fair has been organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Divya Kala Mela 2022 was inaugurated by the Union Cabinet Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar on the 2nd of December.
The six-day fair is an opportunity for craftsmen and entrepreneurs to come face to face with other entrepreneurs and businessmen as well as consumers to extend their revenues. The showcase is from the 2nd through the 7th of December from 11 am to 8 pm. Apart from Delhi being the first city to host the Mela, it is set to be organized across the country.
The inauguration was graced by the presence of Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Sushri Pratima Bhowmik along with other dignitaries.
The craftsmen are displaying a range of items including home decor and lifestyle, clothing, stationery, eco-friendly products, packaged food, organic products, jewelry etc. The fair also includes cultural programs and activities organized by the Ministry, embracing performances by specially-abled persons. There is a range of diverse food and beverages belonging to different parts of the country for guests to replenish and savor.
The sole purpose of the Mela is to make a platform for differently-abled persons, not only to showcase their craftsmanship but to also be able to venture into business.
Through the displays at the Mela, they have an opportunity to become self-sufficient. Dr. Virendra Kumar took to twitter to say that the fair is an attempt to engage in the ‘Vocal for Local’ campaign.
Since its launch, the PM Daksh Program has benefited over 5 lakh trainees. The ambition of the PM scheme to promote the traditional activities especially pursued by marginalized groups in generating profitable revenue which can be done through opportunities of skill development and creating investment opportunities by the Government in association with Schemes. Apex corporations like NHFDC, NBCFDC, NSFDC and NSKFDC under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment are to dispense financial support under term loan schemes and micro finance schemes in accordance with the program.
The Mela is a culmination of stories bringing differently-abled persons from all around the country to have a shared experience in becoming an all-inclusive community of people.
First published on: 03 Dec 2022, 05:06 IST
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