Pragati Maidan came alive as finance minister Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the India International Trade Fair - the biggest event on the Capital's calendar - on Monday.
Artisans and exhibitors from across the globe, including countries such as Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, flocked the venue to showcase their work at the 14-day long event.
"The trade fair has always been a successful launch pad for small and medium entrepreneurs. The success of small enterprises is very important for the growth of the economy," said Mukherjee.
The function was also attended by Anand Sharma, minister of commerce and industries; Farooq Abdullah, union minister for commerce, industry and textiles; and Arjun Munda, Jharkhand chief minister and minister for new and renewable energy.
The first five days of the fair are for business visitors, while general public will be allowed in from November 19.
The theme for this year's event is Indian handicrafts -the magic of gifted hands. A pavilion has been set up highlighting the work of craftsmen from various states and countries.
The organisers expect the event to attract more than 15 lakh visitors and traffic congestion is expected on the days of the fair at Mathura Road, Bhairon Marg and Ring Road.
Fair on facebook
The trade fair has finally made its debut on social networking site Facebook. "To connect with the youth we have created a page on Facebook," said Rajeev Kher, chairman, ITPO.
Necessary information will be regularly updated on the page.