KATHMANDU, APR 28 – The first edition of the India-Nepal Crafts Festival kicked off in the Capital on Friday.
President Ram Baran Yadav inaugurated the expo which is being hosted by the South Asia Foundation (SAF), a voluntary development organisation, in association with the Indian Embassy, Government of Goa and Nepal Tourism Board.
Speaking at the inaugural function, President Yadav praised SAF’s initiative to host such an event in Nepal. He said the expo would help strength the Nepal-India relationship. “Nepal and India both are culturally rich. Crafts showcased in this expo, besides skills, demonstrate the historical manifestation of two countries,” said Yadav, adding that the event would help correlate Nepali products and entrepreneurs with Indian, extending the trade relationship between the two countries. The six-day fair features 35 stalls from various places of India like Goa, Rajasthan, Bihar, Bangalore, Gujrat, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. There are 19 stalls from Nepal. The stalls feature a wide array of handicraft, herbal, woollen and pashmina and bamboo products, showpieces, apparel, decorative and organic foods, among others.
At the programme, India’s Ambassador to Nepal Jayanta Prasad said the event has given a platform to celebrate similarities and the differences of craftsmanship of both the countries. “Apart from this, the festival will also be helpful in giving a boost to tourism related activities in India and Nepal,” he said.
The Indian envoy informed that the Indian Embassy, in association with the Federation of Handicrafts Association of Nepal (FHAN), would provide training to 20 Nepali designers in Ahemdabad.
The event is just a beginning and has opened a new avenue in developing craftsmanship of both the countries, said Nikhil Deshai, managing director of Goa Tourism. “This is just a small beginning. I am sure this relation will grow in days to come,” he said, inviting the Nepal Tourism Board with similar programmes in Goa. Secretary General of South Asia Foundation, Rahul Baruwa, said the festival would also feature live demonstration of handicraft production along with many other interesting activities such as workshop on crafts.
Nepal Tourism Board senior Director Subash Niroula said the board would work on hosting such events on a regular basis. “We have been sharing various forums with India. This event will develop a new dimension to the Nepal-India relationship,” he said.Post Report