Call for Applications: Hunar Haat festival calls out to artisans from minority communities

The India Ministry of Minority Affairs is promoting local art and handicraft skills of minority communities through the travelling Hunar Haat exhibition. Applications are open till October 20.

Image source: Facebook page of Hunar Haat

Inaugurated in 2016 at the India International Trade Fair, the Hunar Haat exhibition is an event to celebrate, promote and support the skills of artisans from minority communities in India – namely Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi artisans. Hunar means skill in Hindi. The event is organised by the National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) under the “USTTAD” scheme. The Ministry of Minority Affairs is inviting hundreds of craftsmen, weavers, artisans and regional creators to showcase their traditional talents and skills in the Hunar Haat – Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam festival. The exhibition is meant to boost the visibility of local talent in national and international markets and also to increase their employment opportunities, which is rapidly diminishing in this competitive market.


The exhibition will be held at IITF in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from November 14 to 27 this year; after which it will head to Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai from December 21 to 31.

Apply to participate

The application window for the handicrafts exhibition is already open. Aspiring participants should specifically mention their venue preferences in their applications while using this link to send in the digital application forms (Click Here).

You can also send in your entries to Chief Manager (Project) NMDFC, Core 1, First Floor, Scope Tower, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi – 110092. The last date to submit applications is October 20, 2018.

As per the latest updates on the official website, future programmes will be organised in Delhi in January 2019 and in Goa in February 2019. For more information, please follow the organisers’ Facebook page or contact them through email at


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