In a grand celebration of tradition, craftsmanship, and technological advancement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the PM Vishwakarma scheme on Vishwakarma Jayanti, on September 17, 2023. The launch took place at Yashobhoomi in Dwarka, New Delhi, amidst a remarkable three-day exhibition that brings together the rich legacy of artisans and craftsmen from 18 trades, known as Vishwakarma. This exhibition beautifully weaves the narrative of their journey, combining age-old heritage with cutting-edge technology.
Celebrating Artisans and Craftsmen
The heart of this exhibition lies in the participation of 54 artisans and craftsmen from various corners of India, who have faithfully followed the guru-shishya parampara (teacher-disciple tradition). These skilled individuals represent different trades of PM Vishwakarma, and they have showcased their impeccable craftsmanship, presenting a wide array of products. The Prime Minister himself interacted with these artisans, acknowledging their dedication and talent. He also extended an invitation to the citizens to visit the exhibition, recognizing its significance.
Tradition Meets Technology
One of the most striking features of the exhibition is its seamless blend of tradition and technology. While showcasing centuries-old traditions, the exhibition incorporates high-end technological elements. A central zone within the exhibition employs interactive technology to present various components of PM Vishwakarma, offering an engaging and informative experience to visitors.
Antiquity Museum: Preserving Heritage
For those interested in the historical aspect of these ancient trades, the exhibition hosts an exclusive antiquity museum. This museum showcases tools and crafts related to PM Vishwakarma, displaying traditional implements crafted by the Vishwakarmas themselves. It traces their journey through time, highlighting the evolution of their skills and the enduring value of their craftsmanship.
Connecting Centuries-Old Traditions with Modern Tools
At its core, the PM Vishwakarma scheme aims to bridge the gap between age-old traditions and modern tools and technology. This objective is beautifully reflected in the exhibition through unique artwork displays, emphasizing the relentless hard work of Vishwakarma and their pivotal role in shaping India’s cultural and technological landscape.
Open to All
The exhibition is open to the public for three days, from September 17 to 19, 2023, and entry is free. The venue is conveniently accessible through the newly inaugurated metro station, “Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25,” making it easy for visitors to explore and celebrate the heritage and innovation on display.