Greater Noida: Prestigious Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards for the best design and display stands were distributed today in a colourful ceremony at the 12th edition of Indian Fashion Jewellery & Accessories show being held at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida.
Manoj Kumar Tiwari, Member of Parliament & President BJP Delhi, gave away the awards to the selected participants in a colourful ceremony held followed by cultural performances. Ravi K. Passi, Chairman – EPCH, Vikas Manaktala, President of the fair, Rakesh Kumar, Chairman-IEM and Director General – EPCH, Lalit Thukral, Vice Chairman, IGFA, Sagar Mehta, Vice Chairman-EPCH and prominent members of Committee of Administration were present during the ceremony.
While distributing the awards, Tiwari said that this is an important day because Modi Government presented budget in the Lok Sabha after winning the election for the second time. Tiwari further said that he got mesmerized to see the products of fashion jewellery & accessories on display. He said that Modi Government who is very keen to work for MSME sector and after visiting this exhibition, he realized that this expo is already working in that direction. The handicrafts sector is not only increasing exports from the country but also creating employment for a large number of artisans and craftspersons.
While welcoming the Chief Guest, Rakesh Kumar, Chairman – IEML and Director General of EPCH congratulated Shri Manoj Tiwari for the resounding victory of his party in the Lok Sabha elections. He also wished him further growth in politics in future.
Kumar further said that the arts and crafts of India are known from the ancient time for intricate workmanship, exquisite nature and exclusive designs. Each state of India has a distinct nature of arts and crafts produced at the village level for many centuries. More than 70 lakhs artisans engaged in producing various types of items are the backbone of the handicrafts sector.
The awards were given in two categories i.e. Fashion Jewellery and Fashion Accessories. One gold, two silver and two bronze awards were given in both the categories. The Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards were instituted in the memory of late Ajay Shankar, former Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) who was one of the major motivators for establishing this fair.