Many in the capital still prefer the Dilli Haat near INA for their handicraft shopping, even though two other Dilli Haats came up in Janakpuri and Pitampura.
So, to make the new ones more popular, the Delhi government has planned series of weekly events at these haats, which will go on to become permanent features there. Chief secretary D M Spolia has even written to state governments to send their cultural groups to perform at these haats.
The Delhi Tourism and Department of Art and Culture has decided to organise Dilli Haat Utsav every weekend. The Utsav will witness artistes from various backgrounds performing there.
In a bid to further rev up the cultural climate in the capital, the government has decided to give concessions to state governments that send their artistes to perform in the city.
Spolia has offered to provide facilities such as stage, lighting and sound, free of cost to artistes from various states.
But, a senior government official said, the artistes will be paid by the state governments.
“We, along with Delhi Tourism, had a brainstorming session to give a boost to the other two haats. There could be nothing better than organising cultural programmes,” S SYadav, secretary, Arts and Culture department, Delhi government, said.
For the cultural functions, the department has tied up with the Ministry of Culture and various artistes who perform in Delhi.