Exclusive handicraft and handloom products on display

There are 160 stalls in the 12-day expo inaugurated by Naveen

Uttar Pradesh has set up largest number of stalls

BHUBANESWAR: The 4th annual Toshali national crafts fair got underway at the Janata Maidan here on Tuesday evening with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurating the event.

Being hosted by the Department of Tourism of the State Government with financial support of the Ministry of Tourism, the 12-day fair has 160 stalls that showcase exclusive handicrafts and handloom products of master crafts persons and acclaimed artisans. “The fair facilitates a direct interface of traditional craft and craft persons with the buyers and visitors,” said Tourism Minister Debi Prasad Mishra.

The master crafts persons and artisans would further demonstrate their skill during the fair, added Commissioner of Tourism and Culture Mona Sharma. The fair has participants from four Asian countries - Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Thailand, informed the hosts. States participating in the event include Punjab , Rajasthan, Gujarat , West Bengal , Maharashtra , Chhattisgarh , Assam , Manipur , Andhra Pradesh , Tamil Nadu , Jammu & Kashmir , Uttar Pradesh , Uttarakhand , Bihar and Kerala, they added. Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of stalls in the fair.

The fair would remain open for public daily from 2 pm to 10 pm and there would be cultural programmes by eminent artistes and popular troupes every day, the said Tourism Director. The prominent artistes slated to perform include Bhupinder-Mitali.