Ishanya Foundation to kickstart its 9th Yellow Ribbon NGO Fair

The fair will showcase handpicked items from over 120 NGOs and artisans from across the country.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:October 11, 2016 12:00 am

Ishanya Foundation is organising the ninth Yellow Ribbon NGO Fair from October 14 to October 17 at Ishanya. The fair will be inaugurated by chief guest Rashmi Shukla, Commissioner of Police, and Parul Mehta, founder-trustee of Ishanya Foundation. Promoting Skilling India, the ninth edition of Yellow Ribbon NGO Fair (YRNF) aims at providing a larger platform while empowering local artisans to be self-reliant.

The fair will showcase handpicked items from over 120 NGOs and artisans from across the country, offering a rich collection of Indian handicrafts by way of weaves and artifacts directly from the craftsmen. YRNF, over the years, has transformed into a platform showcasing repository of folklore cultural traditions and skilled craftsmanship, providing the artisans an access to the urbane audience.

YRNF has seen tremendous growth in stature with around 40-50 repeat participants, growing interest of NGOs/SHGs supporting varied dying art forms from across the country and increasing response from visitors’ year-on-year. Driven by the phenomenal response the artisans who participated last year, this year YRNF received enquiries from over 400 NGO’s/SHG’s/artisans supporting varied art forms.

Mehta said, “We were overwhelmed by the response from NGOs who were eager to participate. In the interest of survival and to safeguard the rich and diverse culture and art heritage of India, we should all support artisans and help them take pride in their skills. The onus to revive and empower our cultural heritage is in our hands and we should ensure it does not fade out.”