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State level multi craft exhibition is being organized provide a platform for marketing of the products of the clusters and individual artisans

Bhubaneswar:7/2/20: In a bid provide a platform for marketing of the products of the clusters and individual artisans, an exclusive state level multicraft exhibition is being  organized by the Directorate of Handicrafts & Cottage from 07th – 16th February in Janata Maidan, Bhubaneswar to facilitate the artisans/ SHGs/ Co-operative societies to display & sell their products.

As many as 104 stalls have been erected and 136 artisans are participating in the exhibition from 23 districts such as Keonjhar, Jajpur, Balasore, Subarnpur, Baragarh, Khurda, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Puri, Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Bolangir, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Nabarangpur, Boudh, Gajapati, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kandhamal etc. It is expected to attain a business turnover of Rs75  lakhs during this event. Live Demonstration programme on “Pattachitra” craft has been organised during this exhibition.

Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Department is providing promotional supports for growth of the handicraft sector including market assistance by organizing exhibitions. Various need based interventions are provided to the individuals, SHGs, Cooperative Societies and apex bodies for capacity building, skill up-gradation training, supply of improved tools and equipments, providing bank linkage, infrastructure development, product designing & diversification, marketing assistance to participate in different exhibitions etc. In order to produce market- oriented products, design development programmes engaging designers from inside and outside the state are conducted in clusters to create wide range of products. Online Marketing has been introduced through UTKALIKA for marketing of handicraft products.

A Design Cell is established at Handicrafts Complex (SIDAC), Gandamunda, Bhubaneswar with technical support of NID to provide regular design input. A Regional Handicraft Training & Design Centre has been established at Balasore for providing design-led training to artisans. Besides, CFCs have been established at Khandagiri & Gandamunda to provide support for mass production, quality control and top class framing.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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