Trade Fair in India’s north eastern Tripura showcases local artistic traits and crafts.

STORY: Artisans and entrepreneurs from far and near gather at Agartala in India’s north-eastern state of Tripura to exhibit their traditional crafts, products at the 23rd Industry and Trade Fair.

The colourful expo showcasing numerous artistic, creative and allied products and services commenced on the eve of the New Year (Monday).

Exclusive items from beautiful bamboo products to the latest bikes and from the traditional Kashmiri Pashmina shawls to the modern decorative furniture are on display at this fair.

Sharing his views, a businessman, Mrinal Dey said that Agartala is prospective market as evident from the encouraging response from different quarters within India and also across the border in Bangladesh.

“Agartala is growing up because the Northeast people know that Agartala is coming up market; at Agartala our company has set up a branch office and even commenced operations. Indeed, I am happy to note that businessmen have reciprocated on an encouraging note. People are waiting for this trade fair to take place,” said Mrinal Dey.

Traders from various states including Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and other north eastern states such as Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh are participating in the fair.

A doll maker, Laxmi Paul said that the fair is a good exposure for their intricately carved products and services.

“We have come here with our innovative arts such as small toys, dolls and even puppets. It is a good exposure for our creative and innovative products and services,” said Laxmi Paul.

This fair at Agartala primarily focuses on promoting bilateral trade with Bangladesh.

During the ten-day Agartala Industry and Trade Fair, Bangladeshi business delegates interact with businessmen from Assam, Mizoram and other parts of India.

Products of Bangladesh like furniture; plastic items and food-beverages were exhibited at the fair.

The 15-day fair would conclude on Thursday (January 10).