GUWAHATI, July 26 - Three entrepreneurs from the Northeast, including one from Assam, bagged the prestigious Ajay Shankar Memorial awards at the 49th Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF) or Delhi Fair for best virtual booths.
Organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), which is an autonomous council under the Union Ministry of Textiles, IHGF-Delhi Fair is among Asia�s largest gifts and handicrafts fairs held bi-annually.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fair was held in a virtual mode this time, which saw participation of over 1,500 exhibitors from different parts of the country.
Altogether 25 artisans and entrepreneurs from the Northeast participated and displayed their exquisite crafts in theme pavilion set up during the virtual fair held between July 13 and 19. They displayed a complete range of handicrafts of the region like water hyacinths and muga and eri silk, apart from products made of cane, bamboo and terracotta.
Santanu Sutradhar of M/s Disha Enterprise, Silchar, won the Ajay Shankar Memorial Golden Award, while the silver was won by Lucky Keisham of M/s Lucky Manipur Handicrafts Kauna Bags, Imphal, and bronze by Victor Talukdar of M/s Mesmerizing Bamboo Fusion, Aizawl.
The Ajay Shankar Memorial awards are given in memory of the late Ajay Shankar, former development commissioner, handicrafts.
Apart from the three entrepreneurs, Regional Design & Technical Design Centre, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), North Eastern Region, Guwahati, was given a certificate for being the associated institute for motivating entrepreneurs to participate in the fair.