Ru­ral women get a plat­form to show­case tal­ent

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Mum­bai-based ERA for women, an all-women NGO, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Ma­ha­rash­tra cham­ber of com­merce, industry and agri­cul­ture (MACCIA) is host­ing a ‘Women’s art, craft and food fes­ti­val’ at Ur­ban Haat, in CBD Be­la­pur from Oc­to­ber 28 to Novem­ber 1.

The fes­ti­val was in­au­gu­rated on Wed­nes­day evening by Am­ruta Fad­navis – deputy vice pres­i­dent at Axis Bank and wife of chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis, ac­tress Sonali Kulka­rni and so­cial worker Var­sha Tawade.

The grand five-day fes­ti­val be­ing hosted for the first-time in Navi Mum­bai show­cases the art of weav­ing and ru­ral artists from all over In­dia.

Around 150 women ar­ti­sans

Am­ruta Fad­navis in­au­gu­rates the fes­ti­val at Ur­ban Haat, CBD Be­la­pur, on Wed­nes­day.

are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event.

The event aims to con­nect di­rectly to the lo­cal ar­ti­sans

and man­u­fac­tur­ers of ru­ral art and craft.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Fad­navis said, “It is

great to be amongst such women who have proved them­selves. My hus­band too is al­ways keen to pro­mote women in all fields and this is a great place to be.”

“This is an ex­cel­lent plat­form for women to show their tal­ent. I am over­whelmed by what I have seen and am go­ing to make a lot of pur­chases,” said Kulka­rni.

Ru­pali Madan, founder of ERA said, “Our NGO aims to re­vive the an­cient lo­cal art by blend­ing con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern art.”

She ex­plained, “It is a sin­cere at­tempt to cre­ate so­cial and na­tional in­te­gra­tion by show­cas­ing the art and craft of ru­ral ar­ti­sans, es­pe­cially un­der­priv­i­leged women. This is a one-of-it­skind ini­tia­tive for masses to con­nect di­rectly to the lo­cal ar­ti­sans, man­u­fac­tur­ers and whole­salers of an­cient, ru­ral art and craft from all over the coun­try.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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