Indo - Lanka craftsmen will further strengthen bilateral
“Centuries old relationship between India and Sri Lanka could be
further strengthened and developed by bilateral exchange of craft
related activities and heritage skills of artisans of both countries”,
said Indian Textiles Minister, Shri Shankersinh Vaghela at the
Inauguration of the Shilpa Sri Lanka held recently in New Delhi.
The Shilpa Sri Lanka - Craft Exhibition and Trade Fair - organised by
the National Crafts Council of Sri lanka in collaboration with the
office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) of India and High
Commission for Sri Lanka in India, commemorated the 60th anniversary of
Diplomatic Relations between India and Sri Lanka, from October 21 to
November 3 in the Dilli Haat- Inernatioal Market village for Crafts in
New Delhi, India.
Indian Textiles Minister Shri Shankersinh Vaghela, Rural Industries
and Self-Employment Promotion Minister S.B. Nawinna and National Crafts
Council Chairman Buddhi Keerthisena were the Chief Guests at the
Minister Vaghela said It is a great pride for the people of India
specially for the artisanal community that the Sri Lankan Government has
chosen India to showcase Sri Lankan Handicrafts through the Shilpa Sri
Lanka. According to the historical records, there was a great influence
from India on the arts and crafts of Sri Lanka.
During the period of Emperor, Ashoka, artisans of various crafts
communities of India came to Sri Lanka with their Sangamittha, daughter
of Emperor Ashoka and settled down in the various parts of the country.
The Indian Government willing to provide assistance required for the
development of handicraft industry in Sri Lanka”.
Rural Industries and Self-Employment Promotion Minister S.B. Nawinna
expressed his gratitude for the co-operation extended by the Management
Committee of the Dilli Haat in offering opportunities to Sri Lankan
artisans to exhibit and sell their products in the Dilli Haat and
thanked the Council of Handicrafts Development Corporations (COHANDS)
for sponsoring six Master Artisans of Sri Lanka who work with 12 Indian
Master Artisans in India.
Minister Nawinna said, “The Shilpa Sri Lanka is a unique opportunity
for artisans to share their skills and techniques in improving quality
of crafts products. This is a milestone to further strengthen relations
of both countries in the handicraft field.”
National Crafts Council Chairman, Buddhi Keerthisena said “The Shilpa
Sri Lanka will enhance productivity and quality of artisans of both
countries. Such endeavours in future would continue to further
consolidate the mutual gains to the artisanal communities between two
High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India. C.R. Jayasinghe and
Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, Sanjay Agrawal also spoke at
Thirty Sri Lankan artisans participated in the Shilpa Sri Lanka. Six
Sri Lankan Master artisans in Batik, lace, silver jewellery, reed and
rush, wood carving and brassware work with 12 Indian counterpart master
artisans under the craft exchange programme sponsored by the Cohands.
The High Commission for India in Sri Lanka also extended their
co-operation to make this project a success.