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UBM India Presents Golden Hand Awards

PR Newswire | 13 Jan, 2014
KOLKATA: UBM India announced The Kolkata Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 (KJGF'14), the first-ever initiative of its kind in the city and state. The KJGF'14 is a three-day B2B jewellery mega trade fair, to be held from 11th January to 13th January, 2014 at Milan Mela Exhibition Complex, with a unique feature - The Golden Hand Award.

The award is sponsored by M P Jewllers; one of the pioneers of jewellery business in East India and was unveiled by Shri Bipin Roy Chowdhury of M P Jewellers. This unique initiative has honoured the unspoken heroes of the jewellery trade - the traditional 'kaarigars' who painstakingly create beautiful pieces through their craftsmanship.

The award ceremony was organized with the first ever Jewellery Fashion Show in Kolkata - Style Statement on the evening of 11th January, 2014 at Hotel ITC Sonar Bangla on E M Bypass, Park Circle Connector. Raima Sen was the show stopper for the show.

The official jury judging process for the first ever Golden Hand Awards took place on 7th January, 2014. Industry pioneers, Bachraj Bamalwa, Subir Sen, Pankaj Parikh, Shankar Sen and Bablu De with a keen eye for creativity, design and presentation, judged over 70 jewellery designs submitted by jewellery artisans from Kolkata and neighbouring areas.

The winners of the Golden Hand Award - Gold Category are:

1) Arun Samanta

2) Sharmili Roychowdhury

3) Krishna Pada Pal

The winners of the Golden Hand Award - Diamond Category are:

1) Sameer Das

2) Bablu Parui

3) Bipul Poddar

The winner of the Golden Hand Award - Critic's Choice

- Arabinda Roy

The Kolkata Jewellery & Gem Fair, 2014 is expected to put the city of Kolkata on the world map, not only as the perfect destination of handcrafted gold jewellery, but also as the capital of the best jewellery creations in the world. The fair will be represented by jewellery manufacturers from all over India as well as international participants, showcasing intricate modern and traditional jewellery designs through plain and studded gold jewellery, loose diamonds and stones, gifting articles and machinery equipments. One of the attractions for the local jewellers will be the dedicated machinery pavilion promoting technical knowhow in modern jewellery manufacturing. This fair catering to over 160 leading exhibitors, will reach out to over 6000 buyers.

Mr. Joji George, Managing Director, UBM India said, "With India being one of the biggest and rapidly growing markets, the Gems and Jewellery industry is always in need of a platform which can tap this potential and in turn drive commerce. It's been a constant endeavor of UBM India to provide such a platform to the manufacturers and retailers of this segment, to connect and create business, thus meeting the larger industry needs. The Kolkata Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 is yet another step in providing the industry, with the best trading platform in every region of India."

Mr. Vivek Jain, Convenor, Calcutta Gems & Jewellery Association 2002 said, "KJGF'14 will open up never before seen opportunities to network, build relationships, and create alliances with key industry professionals. We wholeheartedly would like to thank UBM India for the Kolkata Jewellery & Gem Fair and also to all participating exhibitors who have understood the needs and opportunities in this market and why such a mega platform is necessary for the trade."

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Biplab Roy Chowdhury, Senior Director, M.P.Jewellers & Co. said, "It gives me immense pleasure to be associated with UBM India and my best wishes for a successful exhibition."

Mr. Bablu De, Working President, Swaran Shilpi Bachao Committee was extremely pleased to be part of such huge jewellery fair in Kolkata. According to him, KJGF'14 is poised to uplift the standard of jewellery design, several notches higher and the Golden Hand Award is an excellent initiative by UBM India for the jewellery craftsmen. Mr. Bablu De said, "Initiatives like these recognize the artistic brilliance of Indian kaarigars who have long been deprived of platforms where they can exhibit their skills to the industry at large. It is indeed a proud moment for all of us and I especially would like to thank UBM India for the great initiative."

About UBM India:

UBM India is a part of UBM plc which is a leading global business media company. UBM is the platform that brings the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, and in print, providing them with the information they need to do business successfully. The focus is on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists, around the world. For further details, please visit the UBM India website

Primary Media Contact: Surendra Singh,, 91-9819719695

Secondary Media Contact: Apurba Biswas,, 91-9769051748

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