Mohammad Yusuf fishes out his national award certificates and paper cuttings of the international newspapers that feature his work. With not too many visitors at his stall, he talks leisurely about the 18 countries he has visited and his expertise in block printing.
Yusuf, who is from Madhya Pradesh, is one of the many award-winning craftsmen and artisans who have come from all over the country to showcase the culture of India under the banner — Master Creation 2010 — at Dilli Haat at INA Market.
Every year in December these artists come to showcase their work but this year they were called earlier due to the Commonwealth Games. But the change in schedule has not translated into profits.
“We got our first customer only around 7 pm today. There was so much hype created about international tourists coming to the city for the Games but we have hardly seen any,”said Naseer Ahmed Mir from the Kashmir stall.
Rina Ray, MD, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation said that figures say otherwise.
“Each day the earning from ticketing is somewhere between Rs 7,000 to Rs 9,000 whereas normally it is around Rs 3,000 per day.”
If the response to Dilli Haat has been not so great, those of the various exhibitions held across the city with a focus on the Games is dismal.
An exhibition titled 'Seven Cities of Delhi' organised by the Archeological Survey of India at Qila Raipithora Conservation Centre is empty.