Hunar Haat is an effective mission to showcase & promote traditional and exquisite skills of
master craftsmen organized by Minority Affairs Ministry of India. Being organised at prominent places across the country, Hunar Haat has proved to be a “Mega Mission” of economic empowerment of the needy craftsmen. This has not only provided employment opportunities to more than five lakh Indian craftsmen, culinary experts in the last five years but is also preserving and promoting India’s indigenous traditional legacy of master craftsmen which was on the verge of extinction.
The craftsmen receive orders for their products not only from domestic markets but also from international markets. This way “Hunar Haat” have become “Employment and Empowerment Exchange” for master craftsmen. The Ministry also pays stipends to the participating craftperson. Cultural programmes are also a major attraction of the “Hunar Haat”.
“Hunar Haat” have been organized at various places in the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Prayagraj, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Indore, Ranchi and Chandigarh. The 22nd “Hunar Haat” is being organized in Prayagraj from 9th to 18th October, 2020 with the theme of “Local to Global”.
In Delhi, the fair is held every year in February. This year Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to 'Hunar Haat' at Rajpath at India Gate, where craftsmen from various parts of the country were showcasing their art and wares besides unique cuisines from different regions of India. The Prime Minister, along with Minority Affairs Minister Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, took a round of the 'Hunar Haat' and stopped at several stalls to interact with master craftsmen. The Prime Minister also tried his hand at music, playing a traditional musical instrument at a stall.