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West Bengal to showcase traditional skills

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In keeping with this year's theme of "Skilling India", the state's pavilion would highlight and promote traditional handicrafts and handloom sector, especially those products which have been recognised for their unique nature, an official statement said.

Also, the state would try to hardsell and promote itself as a tourism and business hub to potential travellers and investors during the fair which will be held till Nov 27.

The pavilion has prominently displayed 'Nakshi Kantha' (traditional needle craft) and leather goods of Birbhum district, Baluchari Saree of Bankura, Dhaniakhali Saree of Hooghly, Santipore Saree of Nadia and Darjeeling's Tea, the items which have been registered under the Geographical Indications of Goods.

Architectural landmarks of Kolkata, including Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge, have been live demonstrated through woodworks and lightings.

Visitors would also be able to witness the cinematic skills of Bengal during the fair, the statement said.

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a model depicting the monk delivering his speech at the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions has been installed.

'West Bengal Day' would also be celebrated on November 24 at IITF with inmates of correctional homes staging a collage of dances based on songs and poems of Kazi Nazrul Islam in the evening.

First Published: Wed, November 14 2012. 20:45 IST