Manjari Nirula


Manjari Nirula has been instrumental in reviving languishing crafts, the marketing of craft products and the participation of craft-persons in regional and international fairs. The vice-president of World Crafts Council Asia-Pacific Region and the Crafts Council of India, and member of the Indian government’s committee for the selection of master craft persons, Manjari has been coordinating the UNESCO Award of Excellence Programme for South Asia since 2004. She is a member of the Commitment to Kashmir (CtoK) panel that examines business plans of young Kashmiri craftsmen and women to allocate interest-free loans to them in order to begin a small-scale business. The panel also conducts workshops, field visits, and individual mentoring for selected applicants.