Gandhi Shilp Bazaar, a National level Handicrafts Mela is now going until 11th December 2016 at Woodlands Hotel, Bunt’s Hostel Road, Mangaluru. Gandhi Shilp Bazaar is sponsored by the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, New Delhi and organized by “Cauvery”, Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited.
Nearly 85 master crafts persons from various states across the country are participating by displaying their exclusive and exquisite handicrafts and handcrafted textiles to sell directly to the connoisseurs of arts and crafts in Mangaluru City. The artisans from across the country have brought their skillfully produced artifacts for a common marketing platform at Mangaluru. This has enabled the artisans to comprehend the complexities of retail marketing”.
Inaugurating the Mela, Mangaluru City Corporation Corporator Vinayaraj said, ” Citizens should patronize this Mela, thereby help these artisans o make their living. This is a very good initiative undertaken by the organizers in providing an opportunity for these artisans to sell their hand made products.” Smt.Kamalamma (Magadi), Hon’ble Chairperson, KSHDC Ltd., Smt. Rajeevi R Rai, Hon’ble Director, KSHDC Ltd., Bengaluru, Jacob D’souza- Assistant Director, Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corp. Ltd (KSHDCL), Mohammed Salauddin- Marketing Manager for KSHDCL, and others graced the inaugural ceremony.
The dazzling and colorful craft varieties of Dhokra castings, Stone carvings, Palm leaf engraving and applique works of Orissa, Carpets, Durries, Tribal Jewellery, Lac Craft of Bihar, Woolen carpets, Jute crafts of West Bengal, Cane and Bamboo, Sitalpati and Terracotta crafts of North Eastern States, Miniature Paintings, Papier mache from Rajasthan, colourful embroidered shawls, Papier mache of Jammu and Kashmir, Pearl Jewellery and Crochet lace of Andhra Pradesh, Sandalwood carving, Wood inlay of Karnataka, Chola bronze, Stone carvings, Wood carvings, Kora grass mats of Tamilnadu, Rosewood carvings and fiber based crafts of Kerala, Zari, Chanderi Sarees, Phulkari, Madhubani Paintings etc. are some of the creations that are on display and sale for art lovers of Mangaluru.
The Gandhi Shilp Bazaar is open to the public on all days until11th December 2016 including Sundays from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.