ABID Interiors 2016 — A Great Step Forward For Interiors In Kolkata
Like every year, ABID has continued with its tradition of ‘INTERIORS 2016’ this year as well. The event had taken place at the Milan Mela premises where some of the eminent dignitaries present were the Chief Guest for the day Mr. Aroop Biswas, Honorable Minister for Housing and Youth Services, Honorable Mayor, Kolkata Municipal Corporation Shri. Sovan Chatterjee as the Guest of Honor and Ms. Mahima Choudhury as the special Guest. The occasion also saw the presence of Mr. Kamlesh Agarwal, President, ABID; Mr. Anand Gupta, Secretary ABID, Exhibition Committee Chairman Mr. Sundeep Chadha and other office bearers and members of ABID. The exhibition started on 10th March and continued on till 14th March 2016, from 10 am to 7 pm.
Sponsors for The Event
While last year there were around 240 exhibitors, the numbers increased by around 100 this year to stand at 340. The total area covered by the stalls was more than 50,000 sq ft. On top of that, there were mock rooms installed by interior designers and decorators that gave you an idea on how to use the end products. As a visitor, one could get the opportunity to explore stall of sponsors like Principal Sponsor GreenLam Industries Ltd. and sponsors Amulya Mica, Merino Laminates, Raga, Viva Simpolo, Qutone, Raga Kitchens, Somany, Tajpuria, and Enox.
Seminar On Green Design
In terms of Interior Design and Product launches, the ABID exhibition broke new grounds. Over the years, ABID has played an active part in educating and promoting in the eastern region the latest developments in the fields of Interior and Exterior. Recently, ABID was the host to a National Seminar titled “Green Design in Interior Architecture.” The seminar saw learned and eminent people from India and abroad discussing ways to limit environmental carbon. The speakers were from as far as United Kingdom and Bangladesh.
Felicitation by Indian Postal Department
Last month, a Special Day Cover was issued that commemorated the association between ABID and the Indian Postal Department. It celebrated 25 years of continued service rendered by ABID to the nation. Regular Educational tours, Seminars and Exhibitions are held for the members and for people who are coming up in this field. ABID has also given encouragement in vocational training by tying up with institutes of Eastern region that gives such education. Deserving students get merit certificates by ABID in Consultation with the Institutes.
While buying and selling does not happen in this exhibition, the amount of enquiries generated in the fair translates to millions of rupees. Moreover, though Interior Decoration and Furnishing is a part of the unorganized sector, it generates massive employment in the field of skilled and unskilled worker. Currently, the total revenue in the field of decoration is to the tune of several crores of rupees per annum. Every year, the fair attracts more than 1 lakh person and this year; the aim is to achieve even more.