Many districts of the state have unique place in art, culture and handicrafts : Chief Minister
Hariharpur, Mubarakpur and Nizamabad villages in Azamgarh having links to music, weaving and pottery will be provided facilities and developed
State government will extend all help to preserve cultural heritage and to promote handicrafts
The Mahotsava in coming years will be successful in informing and engaging people with the rich culture and traditions of Azamgarh
Chief Minister meets weavers and artisans of Azamgarh and directs officials to solve their problems
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that Uttar Pradesh was a state with rich traditions, culture and handicrafts and added that many districts of the state held unique place in culture, art and handicraft.
He further said that Azamgarh had its own rich heritage and announced that three villages of the district with links to music, pottery and weaving – Hariharpur, Mubarakpur and Nizamabad, would be developed with facilities and proper power supply would be ensured to these places. He also assured that the state government would ensure that the culture is preserved and handicrafts promoted.
The Chief Minister was today speaking after inaugurating a cultural evening organised in the ‘Azamgarh Mahotsava at the Tourism Bhawan in Gomtinagar. He lauded the organizing of the event as it provided a platform to the artisans to showcase their art and talent. Mr. Yadav also said that Samajwadi governments have always espoused the cause of handicrafts and promoting culture and art.
Referring to different districts of the state, be it wooden furniture of Saharanpur, brassware of Moradabad, carpets of Bhadohi and bangles of Firozabad, the Chief Minister added had their own distinction. Lauding Azamgarh Mahotsava as a good start, Mr. Yadav expressed hope that in times to come the event would go a long way in showcasing the rich culture, art and handicrafts of Azamgarh and in providing platform to artisans. He also extended his good wishes and compliments to the Indian trust for Rural Heritage and Development and the State’s Tourism Department for holding the event, the Chief Minister however expressed his dis-satisfaction at the tardy progress of ‘Sari Center’ in Azamgarh and asked officials to expedite the work.
The Chief Minister also informed that the Samajwadi government in the first budget itself had earmarked Rs five crores for the center and mentioned the Lucknow Haat, saying that it was being made on a stretch of 25 acres and funds will never be a constraint. Similarly, he added, a weavers haat was also being made on 10 acres of land on Noida and a simialr one would come up at Ghaziabad. For promotion of carpet manufacturing at Bhadohi, the Chief Minister informed, Rs 25 crore and Rs 50 crore has been given. The Chief Minister also listened to a musical rendition based on Raag Shyam Kalyan by famous artist of the hariharpur Gharana Pandit Bholanath Mishra. Earier he also lit the ceremonial inaugural lamp.
The Chief Minister also visited the exhibition and spoke to sellers, artisans and sought to know the process of making several things and asked officials to address their problems. On this occasion, chairman of the Indian trust for rural heritage and Development Mr. SK Mishra said the event was organized with an aim to promote pottery, music and weaving so that they are not restricted to merely these villages. He also said they would also think of making the Mahotsava an annual feature. Vice-Chairman of the Trust Mr. Yogendra Narayan said the need of the hour was to preserve our culture. Also present on the occasion were political pensions minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, secretary tourism Mr. Amrit Abhijat, senior officials, media persons and other dignitaries.