Traders promise a special Diwali

Their labour of love will brighten up many homes this Diwali.

By Our Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 15.10.17
Minister Saryu Roy checks out earthen diyas at Deep Mela in Jamshedpur on Saturday. (Bhola Prasad)

Jamshedpur, Oct. 14: Their labour of love will brighten up many homes this Diwali.

Diyas and candles of different hues made by a group of intellectually impaired children were up for grabs today at the two-day Deep Mela organised by trade outfit Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on their Bistupur office premises.

Inaugurated by state food and civil supplies minister Saryu Roy, the fair aims to give a platform to rural potters and special children of School of Hope and employees of Parents' Association for the Mentally Handicapped to showcase their creativity.

"The diyas made by the special children are really beautiful. These children are really talented and all they need is some motivation. Even potters living in far-off places are getting a chance to showcase their products," said Roy, after purchasing few diyas made by the special children.

Speaking on the Supreme Court's verdict on the ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi, the minister said, "I feel everyone should celebrate festivals responsibly and not give a chance to the apex court to take such a decision."

Besides colourful earthen diyas, the fair also showcases miniature idols of gods and goddesses. Saheli Vocational Centre of Rotary Club also displayed diyas and other decorative items.

All diyas and candles are priced between Rs 30 and Rs 500.

"We earn a livelihood stitching clothes, but for the last one month we have been designing diyas as they are in demand during Diwali and help us to earn some quick bucks," said Babita Das, a representative from Rotary Saheli Vocational Training Centre.

The trade outfit, with over 1,700 members, has been organising such exhibitions for the last couple of years to promote the concept of Swadesi and eco-friendly Diwali.

"As a traders' body we want to boost the business of potters in Jamshedpur. The fair will help them earn some money and also promote earthen diyas," said Vijay Moonka, vice-president of SCCI.