Craftsmanship of 19 countries on display in Kurukshetra in International Gita Mahotsava: Khattar

Muskan Singh

Chandigarh, December 5

The craftmanship of 19 states of the country have been displayed for tourists from Indian and abroad coming to Kurukshetra for the International Gita Mahotsava being organised on the Holy banks of Brahmasarovar, announced Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday.

The International Gita Mahotsava bagan with ritual traditions on December 2 and the main events will be held from December 9 to 14.

125 craftsmen from 19 states are participating in this festival.

In this festival, 22 craftsmen have been honoured with national awards and national certificates and 18 craftsmen have also received states awards.

The Haryana CM expressed his commitment towards cultural upliftment and he said that Kurukshetra is being developed from a religious point of view.

In this event some arrangements have been made by the state government for these craftsmen.

Giving information here today, an official spokesperson said that the invitations were sent to craftsmen from all over the country for the International Gita Mahotsav.

North Zone Culture Arts Centre, Patiala(NZCC) took the responsibility of inviting craftsmen.

Of the125 craftsmen who reached this festival.21 craftsmen are from Uttar Pradesh, 12 each from Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana, 1 from West Bengal, 10 from Punjab, 9 each from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, 8 from Uttarakhand, 7 from Delhi, 5 each from Himachal Pradesh and Assam, 4 from Chandigarh, 3 from Chhattisgarh, 2 each from Bihar, Goa, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, while 1 craftsman is from Pondicherry.

In the International Gita Mahotsava, handloom, textile, leather, bronze metal jewellery, cane and bamboo, hand printed textile, jacket-coat, shawl, bed sheet, bed cover, floor covering, patch work, wooden carving, leather art, jewellery, terracotta pot, doll and toys, wooden toys, wooden and zari, painting, Jaipuri quilt, stone carving, meenakari jewellery, paddy and straw craft, dry flower, poetry and clay, Punjabi jooti, phulkari, pashmina shawl, kani shawl, kava and dry fruit, karuva booti saree, and blue art poetry among other things will be the centre of attraction for the tourists.

Cm Manohar Lal said that it is also expected that prime minister Narendra Modi would join the event on one-day during the International Gita Mahotsava through online mode.

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