Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS)
ORMAS is an autonomous body under Panchayati Raj Department, Government of Odisha. It is also facilitated for marketing of rural products.
ORMAS works on rural development, women’s empowerment, livelihood activities and rural marketing.
In the long run, ORMAS equally helps to improve the economic condition of rural artisans and producers in a great way. ORMAS is also known as District Supply and Marketing Society (DSMS). Even it plays an active role in Livelihood Promotion & Marketing Support to rural producer and artisans.
SARAS Fair is one of the most unique initiatives by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. However, the aim is to provide a platform to the rural producer/artisans/ SHG/ PG to the market their products. In addition, Sisir Saras helps the rural producers to know the taste and preference of the urban consumer too. This even helps them as much as possible in improving the quality, design, and packaging of the products.
The annual extravaganza of display & sale of exquisite products of rural India has arrived.
It’s widely regarded as the best exhibition to buy handicraft products in Bhubaneswar. You will also get the variety of products from different parts of the country. The crowd picks up generally from the afternoon to 9 pm.
Around 600 artisans from different parts of the country will participate. They exhibit a variety of rural products in nearly 280 stalls. State and Central agencies like Central Khadi Board, Coir Corporation, TRIFED, and NABARD will also showcase their products and activities in the exhibition.
Besides, stalls will also be erected by Panchayati Raj Department to provide detailed information to the visitors regarding different schemes including MGNREG, Rural Drinking Water Supply scheme, and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana.
The exhibition aims at providing a platform to rural artisans and craftsmen to showcase and sell their products.
Sisir Saras 2018
The annual fair for handicrafts, indigenous rural products organized by Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS). The fair aims to provide a platform to the rural artisans to market their products.
The fair, in its fifteenth edition, has evolved both in stature and popularity. Rural producers and artisans from around 25 states from the country have put up their stalls. As many as 160 craftsmen from all the 30 districts of Odisha are taking part in the fair.
The Odisha stalls exhibit some of the state’s best rural products such as terracotta handicrafts, home décor items made of seashells and paddy craft. The state’s Sambalpuri and ikkat print saris are also on display.
Intricate cane and bamboo works, delicate paper mache products, handicrafts made of carved wood and stone, dhokra crafts, durry carpets, dry flowers, wooden artifacts, jute bags, Madhubani and pattachitra paintings are some of the major attractions at the fair.
Another highlight of the fair is the availability of a large number of natural food ingredients, including spices and items such as phula badi and Sabu pampad. Visitors can also buy various homemade pickles prepared from mango, lemon, garlic etc.
The organizers have set up a special stall for the demonstration of the ‘Kotpad Handloom’. This organic and indigenous fabric exclusive to Kotpad area of Koraput was given the Geographical Indication (GI) Tag.