Tripura’s weekly ‘Sanskritik Haat’ turns a hit, brings smiles on rural women ‘entrepreneurs’


Meet 32-year-old Satwata Lodh of Agartala, who has teamed up with friends to put together Tripura’s first ‘Sanskritik Haat’, much like the iconic Sonajhuri Haat of Shantiniketan in West Bengal’s Bolpur, so as to promote local Bengali customs and culture. The weekly bazaar called ‘Sanskritik Haat’ is one of the many projects of Bangla Sanskritik Balay, a socio-cultural organisation that champions for Bengali local sub-cultures in different parts of Bengali-speaking areas, including Tripura, West Bengal, Bangladesh and Assam. The ‘Haat’ opened on December 10 with the inauguration by Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha. Two weeks later, scores of people throng the weekly Haat every Sunday afternoon at Senpara grounds of Debram village, a small hamlet barely 10 km from Agartala city. Read More

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