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34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela - 2020

Posted on: November 27, 2019 | Back | Print

The ever-famous Surajkund International Crafts Mela is an annual event organized in the month of February. This festival is organized to promote and celebrate the languishing crafts, folk traditions and cultural heritage of India in an ambience specially created to represent the ethos of rural India.

A signature calendar event of the Haryana Tourism & Surajkund Mela Authority, the Mela is held in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Textiles, Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

The journey of this Mela began in 1987, with an aim to preserve the languishing arts & crafts of India, The Mela, over the decades has successfully established a conducive environment for crafts persons to showcase their art and crafts directly to the patrons and buyers without the involvement of the middlemen. Craftsmen from each and every state of the country share a common platform in the Mela. The Mela proves to be a melting pot of sorts as crafts, languages and cultures from across India and the world come and create ambiance worth experiencing.

The Mela is a unique experience where one explores an eclectic mix of thatched huts, folksongs, flamboyant colours, ornate crafts and aroma of different cuisines. This is a sincere endeavor to pay homage to the traditional arts & crafts of rural India.

The Mela ground is spread over 42.5 acres that houses over a thousand work huts hosting crafts persons and weavers. A separate section is earmarked for heritage art & crafts. 1112 crafts persons from across the states participated in 2019.

In 2013, the Meta was upgraded to an international level and soon more and more foreign nation looked forwarded to participate in this colourful and biggest crafts fair of the world. 30 countries with a total of 394 participants became a part of the Mela in 2019 showcasing their culture, art and crafts. The Mela attracted a footfall of over 12 lakh visitors in the 33rd edition of the Mela in 2019.

Scintillating folk dance performances by cultural artistes at the two ‘Chaupals’ offer non-stop entertainment and draw thousands of visitors every day. Special evening cultural programmes further add to the charm of the Mela.

The multi-cuisine Food Courts series ethnic cosines from different parts of India as well as the world, enticing visitors with gastronomic pleasures. There are designated places for amusement and joyrides to make it a must-visit event for children and youngsters.      

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