Surajkund International Crafts Mela, the largest crafts fair in India, is all set to rock Haryana from 2nd February, 2018 to 18th February 2018. This delightful handloom and handicrafts fair is planned every year in the month of February for two weeks to promote the traditional Indian Handicrafts in rural ambience at Surajkund in Faridabad district of Haryana.
The Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. Every year, the Surajkund Crafts Mela is planned by selecting a particular Indian state as a theme and entire ambience for the fair is designed accordingly. The look of the entrance, the grounds and the whole setting of furniture, colours, architecture everything will be based on a particular state. For the 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2018, the state of Uttar Pradesh has been chosen as the Theme State.
The fair was first time organized in 1981 and since then the fair continues to be a strong platform for Indian artists and craftsmen to display their skilled crafts and art work. At least 20 countries & all the states of India will be participating in this Mela. More than a million visitors from all around the world are expected to experience the colours of Surajkund Mela. At this fair, skilled artists from all over the country display the rich crafts tradition of India in the typical rural setting and bring alive the age-old living crafts tradition.
Regarded as the largest crafts fair in the world, Surajkund Crafts Mela offers to its visitors the exquisite and skillful paintings, textiles, wood stock, ivory work, pottery, terracotta, stonework, lac work and cane and grass work. Visitors can shop here for some of the world’s most treasured wares. Surajkund Mela is not just the best platform for the skilled craftsmen and artisans of India and other SAARC nations to show their talent, but also a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn about their vibrant culture and get to respect the age-old craft that is better than any machine produce.
A large number of renowned national and international folk artistes and cultural groups present day performances at both the Chaupals, the open-air theatres, located in the Mela premises. Also enthralling cultural evening programs are held at the main Chaupal during each day of the Mela evening. These programs are also accompanied by lip smacking and delicious rural cuisine, adding colors to this popular crafts fair. There are designated places for amusement, adventure sports and joy rides to make it a must visit event for the young.
Surajkund is a rural village located in Faridabad about 24 km from New Delhi. The village is named after Surajkund, an artificial pond built in the backdrop of the Aravalli hills with an amphitheater shaped embankment constructed in semicircular form. It is said to have been built by the Gujjar king Suraj Pal of Tomar dynasty in the 10th century. Tomar was a sun worshipper and he had therefore built a Sun temple on its western bank. Visitors can also visit some popular places in Delhi which include Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Birla Mandir, Lodi Garden, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple and Humayun’s Tomb.