Union Minority Affairs Minister Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that the 40th Hunar Haat became a platform to showcase the disappearing traditional arts of the country. Addressing the formal closing ceremony of the 40th “Hunar Haat” in Mumbai, Shri Naqvi said ‘Whether it is the circus or the traditional handicrafts, handloom, we have managed to bring together artists from various parts of the country.

The mega closing ceremony was marked by various cultural events and musical and laser lights show organised at MMRDA Ground, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai (Maharashtra).

Different cultural musical programmes and laser light shows on “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” had been organised as part of the mega event.

Renowned artists of the country such as Pankaj Udhas, Annu Kapoor, Suresh Wadekar, Sudesh Bhosle, Rathore and Sonali Rathore, Talat Aziz, Altaf Raja, Shabbir Kumar, Shailendra Singh, Sadhna Sargam , Dilbagh Singh, Nooran Sisters,, Ehsan Qureshi, Bhupinder Singh Bhuppi, Sabri Brothers, Kavita Paudwal, Rekha Raj, Junior Mehmood,  and others were also felicitated.

These artists have performed in different “Hunar Haats”, organised across the country. Cultural and Musical programmes of these artisans are displayed live on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platform which are watched live by lakhs of people.

Senior officials of the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, both presently working and those who have worked in the Ministry earlier, and renowned artists, who have played an important role in the successful and glorious journey of the “Hunar Haat”, were felicitated during formal closing ceremony.

Former Secretaries of Ministry of Minority Affairs Shri Rakesh Garg, Shri Ameizing Luikham, Shri Shailesh and Shri P.K. Das; former Additional Secretary of the Ministry and NCM Secretary Shri S.K. Dev Verman, Minority Affairs Ministry’s Joint Secretaries Nigaar Fatima Sahiba, Smt. Nirupama Kotru, Shri C.P.S. Bakshi and Shri Shrinivas Danda, former Joint Secretaries in the Ministry Smt. Rakhee Gupta Bhandari and Manoj Kumar Sethi, Former NMDFC CMD Shri Shahbaz Ali, Former Director in the Ministry Shri P. K. Thakur and others were felicitated.

The Hunar Haat will be open for public until tomorrow, 27 April, 2022.