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India on display in her artistic style

Staff Reporter

Ten-day national-level exhibition of handicrafts and handlooms underway in Tiruchi Ten-day expo on handicrafts and handlooms underway


TIRUCHI : A 10-day national-level exhibition on handicrafts and handlooms, sponsored jointly by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation (Poompuhar) and the office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), New Delhi, was inaugurated here recently.

Dolls from Thanjavur, brasswares from Moradabad, wooden articles from Saharanpur, statues from Aligarh and terracotta products from Pondicherry form part of the collection at the expo.

The handlooms included cotton and silk saris from Kerala, bed-sheets and pillow-covers from Haryana.

Addressing presspersons the Regional Manager, Poompuhar, Thanjavur, R. Kalaimani, said the Corporation has been implementing a special programme `Craft Bazaar' this year to promote the sale of handicrafts produced in different parts of the country.

Under the programme, it was planned to organise a series of exhibitions at eight centres in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

The exhibitions had been held at Coimbatore, Erode and Salem so far and would be organised at Madurai, Thanjavur, Pondicherry and Chennai by the end of this fiscal.

He said that a sales target of Rs.20 lakhs had been fixed for the exhibition at Tiruchi.

Handicrafts worth Rs.one crore, brought from 40 centres all over the country, had been displayed at the exhibition.

He said that the exhibition catered to the needs of all sections of people.

Right from the `agarbathi stand' made of terracotta by women members of Annai Theresa self-help group in Madurai to figures of gods and goddesses made of marble radium by artisans of Agra were on display.

Special discount

The Sales Manager, S. Vargheese, said that a special discount of 10 per cent would be allowed at the exhibition, which would be open at the IMA Hall on the Salai Road from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. till November 14, including Sundays.

The Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner, Harmander Singh, inaugurated the exhibition.

Later in the day, the Chairman of Poompuhar, M. Ravichandran, visited the venue and had a glimpse of the exhibits.

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