The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that the thinking of the Indian leadership is that all, particularly Sri Lanka and India, should grow together.
“We cannot prosper in isolation,” he said.
The High Commissioner was speaking at the opening of the Shilpa Kala – 2017 exhibition in Colombo today.
“The Government of India has taken many steps to promote Indian handicrafts abroad. But, this a unique event, where we are focusing not only on Indian handicrafts but also providing a platform for Sri Lankan artisans. Shilpa Kala is a joint partnership between Dastakaari Haat Samiti from New Delhi and Hands of Sri Lanka foundation in Colombo. Smt Jaya Jaitley and Mr Keerthisena have put in special efforts to bring them together. This is in line with the thinking of Indian leadership that all of us, particularly Sri Lanka and India, should grow together. We cannot prosper in isolation,” he said.
The High Commissioner said that Sri Lanka can also benefit at a global level by partnering with resurgent India including in the field of Handicrafts.
“Partnership would help Sri Lanka market her products to a larger audience. India is a huge market for Sri Lankan Handicraft products! Regular Sri Lankan participation in Surajkund Mela (Crafts Festival) in India and the amount of popularity they receive is a known example. As you are aware, India continues to be the largest source of tourists into Sri Lanka, accounting for almost one-fifth of all tourist arrivals. Efforts like Shilpa Kala would attract more tourists and strengthen our timeless links of history, religion and culture and people,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)