Jan 10: The Platform of Women Entrepreneurs (POWER) will be organising an exhibition-cum-sale of products manufactured by women entrepreneurs of Udupi district and other places, titled “Power Parba” (Power Fest) at the Mahatma Gandhi Bayalu Ranga Manidra, Beedinagudde, here from January 11 to 14.
Addressing media Jan 9, Tuesday, Gayathri R., president of Power, said various items, including handicrafts, jewellery, textiles, garments, fashion accessories, cosmetics, home décor, food, and paintings, would be on display at the exhibition. Women entrepreneurs from not just Udupi but also other districts and States have already registered. A total of 170 stalls will be put up.
The theme of the fest is “Go green,” as the district administration was giving importance to cleanliness. Hence, buyers should bring their own cloth bags. Only steel and paper plates would be used in food stalls.
The objectives of the parba included providing a platform for women entrepreneurs to display and sell and thereby promote their products, bringing rural and urban women entrepreneurs under one umbrella, and promoting mutual learning and collective learning between the rural and urban entrepreneurs. It aimed at creating awareness amongst the local community about these entrepreneurs. It would disseminate marketing, management, and technical knowledge.As a precursor to the fest, a car and bike rally would be held from Rajatadri in Manipal to Udupi and back to Rajatadri. Members of Power and exhibitors will be participating in this rally. The rally will be flagged off by DC Priyanka Mary Francis at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday. Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for Fisheries, Youth Empowerment and Fisheries, will inaugurate the Power Parba on Jan 11,Thursday.