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Pitampura Haat to go international soon

You have been shopping to your heart’s content at the Dilli Haat for arts and craft items from across the country.

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2009 01:43 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

You have been shopping to your heart’s content at the Dilli Haat for arts and craft items from across the country.

Now, you can look forward to shopping of exotic items from SAARC countries at the Pitampura Dilli Haat.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a regional grouping comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

A ‘SAARC Museum’ — show casing the arts and crafts items from across the the grouping’s countries —is being planned at Pitampura Dilli Haat.

The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) are working out the nitty-gritties for the museum.

The annual trade fair at Pragati Maidan (November) and also the Surajkund Crafts Fair (February) have seen attendance from SAARC countries.

But these are temporary programmes, whereas the one at Pitampura would be a round-the-year experience, working on the similar concept like rotation of artists/stalls .

The MEA will take it over for the museum’s operations and management.

Pitampura Dilli Haat became the obvious choice as the more than a year-old modern version of the village markets (haat) is spread over 7.2 acres.

“The proposal is almost finalized. A draft agreement has also been sent to the MEA,” Delhi Tourism General Manager Kulanand Joshi told HT.

The SAARC secretariat will set up the museum, wherein apart from the display and sale of art and craft items, various artists/craftsman from these countries would give live demonstrations of their skills.

Officials are sure that though people are obsessed with malls, surging crowds at Dilli Haats are a testimony to the fact that despite modern advances, traditional skills will survive and keep attracting customers.