Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has said that everyone needs to come forward to preserve and promote our traditional handicrafts, folk arts, musical instruments, especially drums etc. Artists playing musical instruments in Uttarakhand will be encouraged by the state government. It is a matter of happiness that even the new generation and the educated people are also taking interest in traditional folk arts and with this we will be able to preserve our heritage and folk art. He said that National Handloom Expo is a platform through which women self-help groups, cooperative societies, craftsmen, weavers of remote areas of the state are able to connect their products with big market. This type of event provides an opportunity to share experiences among the participant weavers and craftsmen. Chief Minister participated in the National Handloom Expo 2019 organized by Uttarakhand Handloom and Handicrafts Development Council at Parade Ground Dehradun on Monday. Chief Minister honoured Madhu Gupta, Dinesh Lal, Murty Mistry and Raghuveer Singh Khati with the Crafts Ratna Award for doing outstanding work in the field of Handicrafts, Wood Art and Traditional Art. It is worth mentioning that the National Handloom Expo is being organized in the state for last 12 years. In this year’s National Handloom Expo, 150 stalls of 15 states have been set up, out of which 45 stalls are from Uttarakhand. In the state, especially in Dehradun, every year people eagerly awaits for the National Handloom Expo. Last year, in the National Handloom Expo registered a business of about Rs 4 crore and this year till now, the business of Rs 5 crore has been registered.
On this occasion MLA Khajan Dass, Principal Secretary Manisha Panwar, Director Industries Sudhir Nautiyal etc. were present.