Global trade fair underway at Delhi

The Goa Pavillion at the India International Trade Fair which is currently underway at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, has been a big draw among visitors.

The creative concept and design of the stall has been a major attraction, with trade visitors and ambassadors flocking to the pavillion for information and interactions.

The pavillion depicts design elements reflective of the Goan architectural style, embodying attributes that are old-worldly, yet progressive. The pavillion has been erected on two levels: a ground floor area with a staircase leading up to a sitting area.

Ergonomically designed and generously spaced, the interiors of the pavilion have a seating area for interactions and a stage area for cultural performances, housed in a tiled structure. The reception area is designed to look like a typical Goan "balcao" (balcony). Huge Portuguese-style windows find expression in the pavillion and are both ornate and colourful.

Besides the Department of Information and Publicity which is the nodal agency for participation of Goa in IITF, other departments and corporations such as Directorate of Industries, Trade and Commerce, Goa Tourism Development Corporation and Goa Handicrafts, Rural and Small Scale Industries Ltd. (GHRSSIDC) are participating in the fair which will conclude on November 27.

The Industries Minister, Mr Mahadev Naik, expressed happiness over the aesthetical architectural design and creative work by M/s Vinsan Graphics, the agency entrusted with setting up of the pavillion. He said, the participation of Goa in this mega event will not only help attract domestic tourists and foreign nationals but will also promote tourism and industrial growth in Goa in a big way.

The focus of the pavillion is on the overall development of the state with a special emphasis on the manufacturing expertise of Goa, Goan handicrafts, eco-friendly projects and the cultural heritage. Besides, the rich courteous hospitality of Goans is projected along with projection of Goa’s milestones of development through a photographic display. Various innovative schemes of the government like Laadli Laxmi, Griha Aadhar etc were also projected which are being appreciated by the people as very important for women empowerment.

The handicrafts section has received an overwhelming response from visitors, which has resulted into good business.

The Goa Pavillion has been set up on a 246 square metres area and is a direct interface for producers, potential buyers and consumers. The pavillion also has entertainment programmes by Goan folk artists accompanied by live music. [NT]