Hindustan Times (Bathinda)

Gita Mahotsav kicks off, over 200 artisans take part in crafts fair

- HT Correspond­ent letterschd@hindustant­imes.com

KARNAL: Around 250 artisans and members of over 100 selfhelp groups from across the country are showcasing their skills in the craft fair organized as part of the Internatio­nal Gita Mahotsav (IGM)-2022 inaugurate­d by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Kurukshetr­a on Saturday after a gap of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The chief minister, who opened the saras craft mela at Brahma Sarovar, said that lakhs of people were expected the visit the fair that will be conclude on December 6. The IGM-2022 will end on December 4.

Around 600 stalls have been set up for the artists from across the country to sell their products, providing a one stop shop for visitors to get products of their choice.

These stalls will display the creativity of 250 artisans, members of more than 100 self-help groups and other craftsmen who have converged to the place from Kashmir to Kanyakumar­i and Gujarat to Assam, giving a glimpse of mini India, he said.

The chief minister said that this time, a separate stall has been set up for the craftsmen of Haryana, which has become a centre of attraction for foreign tourists.

Passengers from 10 districts travelling to IGM-2022 will get a 50% concession in state transport buses from November 19 to December 6. People coming from Kurukshetr­a, Karnal, Panipat, Jind, Kaithal, Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanaga­r, Sonepat and Rohtak districts have been provided the concession in bus fare, he said.

Khattar said that the main programme of IGM-2022 will formally begin on November 29 after the inaugurati­on by the President Droupadi Murmu. He said that the President laying the foundation stone of many projects of the state.

Light &sound show inaugurate­d

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and chief minister Khattar inaugurate­d a light and sound show at the virat swaroop of Lord Krishna at Jyotisar, the birthplace of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.

Speaker Om Birla said that the Internatio­nal Gita Mahotsav is meant to disseminat­e the message of Bhagwad Gita and Ramayana in the entire world.

 ?? HT PHOTO ?? Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurati­ng the crafts fair in Kurukshetr­a on Saturday.
HT PHOTO Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurati­ng the crafts fair in Kurukshetr­a on Saturday.

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