Residents flock to Shilpotsav for a fair bargain
As many as 350 stalls have been put up at the fair artisans and entrepreneurs from different statesnoida Updated: Oct 12, 2017 23:14 IST
The city’s very own 10-day art and crafts fair Shilpotsav is slowly grabbing the eyeballs of Noida residents with its unique collection of glassware, hardware, indigenous clothing collection, exotic cosmetic products and delicious eateries.
The fair is attracting a footfall of 5,000 people on an everyday basis since its inauguration on Friday last week. Organised every year by the Noida Authority and UP Tourism in collaboration, the event is a much anticipated one ahead of Diwali. This year’s edition was inaugurated by state tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
A total of 350 stalls have been put up at the fair by small scale artisans and entrepreneurs from different states and also from foreign countries. Since 2009, the Noida authority has been organising this fair at the Noida Stadium and it acted as a platform for small-scale artisans to engage with a wider customer base.
With items on sale for a little as Rs 50, stall owners at the fair have on offer a variety of products to those looking for a bargain to those wanting to ge their hands on unique and expensive artefacts. A variety of food items from the states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh are also available at the fair. The entry fee for every visitor has been kept at Rs 40, excluding parking charges.
“For visitors, we have Lucknow’s chikan work, Firozabad’s glasswork, Saharanpur’s woodwork, Khurja’s pottery, Banaras zariwork, Azamgarh’s black pottery, Muradabad’s peetal work, Kashmiri shawls and Rajasthan’s handicraft items. There are also quite a few rare and unique art and culture presentations. The fair will provide an ample opportunity to both vendors and buyers to appreciate the work of small-scale industries. A total of 400 artisans have been invited to the fair,” said Amit Srivastava, deputy director, UP Tourism.
Shilpotsav hosts a unique collection of earthen potware assembled from different cities of Uttar Pradesh.
“The earthen pots and ceramic tea cups along with decorative items that I have on sale have come from artisans of Meerut, Bulandshahr and Agra. We have been coming to Shilpotsav since a long time. Our products range from Rs 50 toRs 700 and the money directly benefits the artisans. We also have glassware items,” said Kadir, an entrepreneur.
When it comes to leather work, the fair has a wide variety of sandals and bags from Rajasthan on offer.
“We have products made by workers in Jaisalmer and Bikaner. We deal directly with the artisans and sell their products in fairs. Until now, the response has been encouraging and we are expecting a better turnout in the coming weekend,” said Kishore Meghwal, an entrepreneur.
The Noida authority has also organised cultural events by local and celebrities at the fair.
Many citizens found the fair to be an ideal opportunity for shopping and wished that there were more stalls at the next year’s fair.
“The fair has a huge variety of products, but commodity-wise stalls are fewer. I wanted more stalls of clothing, especially sarees from Banaras and Mathura. Similarly, my children want more toys and books stalls,” said Neha Singh, an IT professional from Sector 12, Noida.