Visitors at Basant Mela in Ranchi on Tuesday.
Picture by Hardeep Singh
A three-day Basant Mela organised by the Ranchi chapter of Marwari Mahila Manch was inaugurated at Agrasen Bhavan in the capital on Tuesday.
The fair is being organised to mark the onset of spring and to provide platform to women entrepreneurs from across the country like Calcutta, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, besides Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bokaro and Giridih.
At least 60 stalls with home-made items, local handicrafts, saris, salwar suits, imitation jewellery, Jaipur and Madhubani paintings, cosmetic items, pickles and papads have been put up at the fair.
“It is dream come true for homemakers like us to be a part of this fair and get exposure,” said one of the entrepreneurs, Kamini Sinha. She displayed Madhubani paintings on saris, salwar suits, kurtis and dupattas at her kiosk.
Ranchi Municipal Corporation deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargia, the chief guest, praised Marwari Mahila Manch for providing a platform to the women entrepreneurs who otherwise do not get right kind of exposure to market their products.
“This small initiative will not only help women entrepreneurs to come in contact with buyers but also expand their business and help them become self reliant. They will further get an opportunity to learn from each other,” Vijayvargiya said.
Convenor of the programme Rupa Agarwal said they were organising this fair since 2009 and with each passing year, it was becoming more and more popular.
“Every year, we witness an increase in the number of participants,” she added.
A portion of the sale proceeds from the fair will be used to provide financial aid to poor girls and help them pursue higher studies and also strengthen government schemes at village level.
This fair is open for public from 10.30am to 7pm.
The entry fee is Rs 5 per person.