Bihar Pavilion has won Won Gold in 40th India International Trade Fair

The Bihar Pavilion has awarded a Gold medal in the ‘Best Pavilion’ category during the closing ceremony of the 40th India International Trade Fair (IITF) held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

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Union Commerce and Industry Minister, Piyush Goyal has inaugurated the 40th edition of the Indian International Trade Fair (IITF) 2021 at Pragati Maidan in Delhi. 

It was organized by the India Trade Promotion Organisation with the theme of  ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’  and to promote the idea of ‘Vocal for Local’. Bihar is the partner state for the 40th IITF and the focus states are Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

Over 41 stalls had been set up during the ten-day-long fair which was kicked off on November 17.

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi handed over the award to the resident commissioner of Bihar-New Delhi Palka Sahni and Upendra Maharathi Shilp Anusandhan Sansthan (UMSAS)-Patna director Ashok Sinha.

IITF concludes with the Bihar pavilion winning the 6th gold medal for its outstanding implementation of the ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’ campaign. It showcased the live demo of prominent handicrafts like ‘Madhubani, ‘Manjusha, ‘terracotta and ‘Sikki’ (sic).

UMSAS had been appointed as an implementing agency for decorating the pavilion at the fair organised by the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO).

Elated with the award, State Industries Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said that all-around development is taking place in the state under the leadership of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. “It is a moment of pride that the handicraftsmen and weavers from the state are getting honoured,” he said, adding that the people in our country as well as in abroad like our products as they hold the international standard in terms of beauty and quality.

Meanwhile, folk artist Padmashree Dulari Devi gave live presentations of ‘Madhubani paintings, while other folk artefacts and the products made by the traditional industries of the state were sold like hot cakes.

The biggest feature of the pavilion was eco-friendly, handicraft and handloom products including Bhagalpur silk saris, suits, ‘matka’ silk saris, ‘Bhagalpuri chadar’, appliqué work, jute handicrafts, ‘Bawanbooti’, ‘Madhubani paintings, ‘Tikuli’, ‘Manjusha and ‘Sikki’ arts.

Besides, six other startups from the state also got recognition in the pavilion.

Key Points of India International Trade Fair

  • Bihar has got a gold medal as a partner state. Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand have got gold as focus states. In the state pavilion, Assam's pavilion got a silver medal and Kerala got a bronze medal. As a special incentive, the pavilion of the state of Madhya Pradesh was awarded.
  • Bihar had decorated 41 stalls in its pavilion, in which a vibrant exhibition of Madhubani paintings of famous folk artist Panshree Dulari Devi was the centre of attraction. People also liked the folk artefacts made in other parts of Bihar and the things made by the traditional industries of Bihar.
  • The Indian International Trade Fair was first organized in 1979. India International Trade Fair provides a common platform for manufacturers, traders, exporters and importers.
  • The fair is organized by the Trade Promotion Organization of India, a trade promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

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