Raipur: Delegates attending the fourth Framework Working Group meeting of the G20 on September 18 and 19 in Chhattisgarh will depart with cherished memories of the state’s rich culture. As a symbol of Chhattisgarh’s hospitality, they will receive a gift hamper featuring unique products derived from forest produce. This gesture aligns with the United Nations’ declaration of this year as the Millet Year. The state government, led by chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, is actively promoting millet cultivation.
Notably, millet producers receive fair support prices, and the state government’s efforts in processing and establishing millet cafes have significantly raised millet awareness in the state. To showcase Chhattisgarh’s millet initiative, international delegates will be presented with cookies made from locally grown millets as part of the gift hamper.
Renowned for its purity and delightful taste, Chhattisgarh’s forest honey stands out as one of the finest in the country. Collected by bees in the unique natural ecosystems of Bastar and Surguja, this honey is known for its medicinal properties. Delegates will also receive gifts of aloe vera gel and ashwagandha powder, both of which are highly popular products from Chhattisgarh throughout the country.
Delegates will also receive a unique gift showcasing Bastar’s art form. This gift features a Dhokra art statue enclosed within a frame. The art piece depicts four tribal girls joyfully dancing while holding hands, offering a glimpse of the beauty of Bastar and the cultural richness of its folk life. Through this statue, delegates can also gain insight into the enduring talent of Chhattisgarh’s folk artists, who have thrived for thousands of years.
Over the past five years, the Chhattisgarh Government, led by chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, has made several efforts to preserve the state’s rich cultural heritage. This commitment extends to supporting folk artists and promoting local culinary traditions. The state government has rebranded traditional staples like Kodo-Kutki through various modern initiatives, which have gained immense popularity across the state and country. Through the G20 platform, Chhattisgarh’s unique cultural traditions and culinary innovations can reach a broader audience, contributing to the wider recognition of the state’s rich heritage and traditions.