SARAS Aajeevika Mela begins– an Exhibition of diverse art, craft, culture & cuisine,

CS Dulloo inaugurates SARAS Aajeevika-11

Tawi, Feb 11: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo on Sunday inaugurated the second edition of the SARAS Aajeevika Mela, a vibrant 11-day event highlighting the resilience and creativity of rural women entrepreneurs.

Organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihoods Mission (JKRLM) under the Department of Rural Development and Panchayti Raj, the exhibition opened its doors to a diverse array of , craft, culture, and cuisine, echoing the spirit of ‘vocal for local.'

Speaking at the inauguration, Chief Secretary emphasized the significance of the exhibition as a platform for rural women from across the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, to exhibit and market their products. He underscored the importance of providing broader exposure and support to ensure the self-reliance of rural women.

Dulloo personally inspecting stalls from 15 States, alongside those representing all districts of Jammu and Kashmir and UT. He engaged with exhibitors, inquiring about the uniqueness of their offerings and commending their entrepreneurial spirit.

Later, Chief Secretary toured the food stalls, featuring traditional delicacies from various states alongside authentic cuisines from Jammu and Kashmir. This initiative not only showcases the rich culinary diversity but also promotes cultural exchange and economic empowerment.

Featuring over 220 rural women from across 15 states, the SARAS Aajeevika Mela provides a platform for self-help group women artisans to exhibit their exemplary craftsmanship, artistry, and traditional skills.

The event showcases a rich tapestry of Pan , with 60 unique stalls, including 40 from outside the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, displaying a fusion of products from different regions of India.

Visitors to the SARAS Aajeevika Mela can expect a diverse range of beautifully crafted handloom and handicraft products, such as textiles, pottery, woodwork, metalwork, and paintings. Traditional music and dance performances will add to the vibrant ambiance, celebrating the cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir.

The main objective of the SARAS Aajeevika Mela is to provide a platform for rural women to display their goods, create a market for them to sell their products directly to customers, and understand customer preferences and choices.

Additionally, the Mela aims to enhance and reinvent products and sharpen the marketing abilities of the rural women artisans.

In line with promoting financial independence, the fair also serves as a platform for self-help group (SHG) members supported by the Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihoods Mission to exhibit and sell their products. Each stall at the Mela is managed by confident and empowered women SHG members, offering a wide range of products that cater to diverse tastes and preferences.

The SARAS Aajeevika Mela will be open daily from 10 am to 8 pm, offering visitors the opportunity to explore around 60 stalls displaying a variety of art and craft. In addition, a workshop will be organized for women from self-help groups to enhance their marketing skills.