Here's a growth that Narayana Murthy may not be very proud of but that Yashwant
Sinha would only be too happy about, since he is the guy who reports the per capita
GDPs. In a span of 130 years, here's a community that has grown by all of 74 families.
Well, at least in the city.
The first member of the Kutch Dasha Oswal community, Lalji Bhai, came to
the city way back in 1870, started his wholesale business of wood and iron, and
became a well-known figure in town. There are now about 75 families of the community
residing in the city.
The community started the Kutchi Dasha Oswal Jain Mitra Mandal in 1972,
and now its members are organizing a 3-day Gaurav Kutch fair to promote the art,
culture, traditions and handicrafts of the people of Kutch in Hyderabad. About
35 artisans from Kutch will take part in the fair where food items, handicrafts
and textiles with embroidery from Kutch will be on display. The exhibition will
be a homecoming for the community as well as a way of helping their own people
from the earthquake-devastated area.
On the final day, a Garba and a Dandiya will be organized 6.30pm onwards. Please
contact the venue for further details.