During August 2013, a new market dedicated to traditional handicrafts as well as organic produce opened its doors in the federal capital of New Delhi. Titled the “Nature Bazaar”, the new market is an initiative of the New Delhi Tourism Department. The market is spread over 7,000 square meters and was inaugurated by Ms. Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of New Delhi.
Nature Bazaar Delhi - Opening new vistas of cultural excellence
The Nature Bazaar has been conceived by the New Delhi Tourism Department as a creative way to employ the various artisans and artists of the region and bring them to the attention of high income residents as well as the growing number of international tourists that come to the city. The idea is that the market will help the government protect indigenous art forms as well as provide a sustainable means of livelihood to traditional craftsmen.
Commenting on the launch of Delhi’s new Nature Bazaar, Mr. Sudhir Sobti, Chief Public Relations Officer, Delhi Tourism said, “The permanent Nature Bazaar will be an exciting round the year cultural and retail hub, with a colorful, constantly changing program of crafts and natural and organic produce creating a link between nature and crafts and promoting age old skills in innovative products”.
Already the Nature Bazaar is being frequented by residents of New Delhi and its satellite city of Gurgaon in large numbers. The New Delhi Tourism Department is confident that the trickle of tourists coming to the market will definitely grow incrementally once a greater number of people know about the opening of the Nature Bazaar.
To ensure that public interest, both domestic and foreign, does not wane in the new Nature Bazaar, New Delhi Tourism has already planned a series of special events at the new market. The first event kicking off in September will feature traditional handicrafts from all over South Asia and include the works of artisans from countries including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives at the Nature Bazaar.