Rabindranath Tagore believed in Swadeshi goods and also in the propagation of the Swadeshi Fair. With this ideology in mind, he urged the local arts and crafts practitioners to showcase their goods at the fair. Keeping this ideology in mind, West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Art had organized the 28th Arts and Crafts fair at the Jorasanko Thakurbari. The fair started on the 6th and went on till the 9th of May.
The arts and crafts fair was started in the year 1986. The artisans who come to this fair are taken care of by the West Bengal State Akademi. Their food, lodging and travelling expenses are also taken care of by the same body. The money that they earn by selling the goods are entirely their own and The State Akademi does not even take any part from the amount.
Painter Dheeraj Chowdhury inaugurated this arts and craft fair. Professor Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury was also present at the inauguration ceremony. After a welcome song, the fair was declared open for the visitors.
The arts and crafts fair held this year had artisans from all the districts of West Bengal. About twenty four artisans from different districts like Bardaman, Bankura, Birbhum, Nadia, Howrah, Murshidabad, Cooch Behar, Malda and many others participated in this fair. Alpona art, wooden crafts, Dokra, Wooden masks, Thermacol crafts, Batik were some of the crafts which were available at the fair.
The prices of the products were affordable and the wide range of products available was quite appealing for the customers visiting the fair.
All those who visited the fair in a way paid their homage to the great visionary that Tagore was.