Friday, 7 February 2014

Get immersed in India’s crafts & culture : Welcome To Surajkund International Crafts Mela

Surajkund International Crafts Mela  is an annual fair celebrated in Faridabad District, Haryana. The festival showcases the art, craft and cuisines of India. The crafts persons from SAARC nations also participate in this Fair. The Mela is located at a distance of 8 km from south Delhi in the historic site of Surajkund.
The ancient Sun Temple stood here during AD 1000. The remains of the temple are still present here. The enchanting aura of the place won the heart of a Tomar chieftain Surajpal, a worshipper of the Sun god, who got a sun pool and an amphitheatre built here. The place was named after him. Surajkund was a simple tourist destination till 1987, when it was first organized. Later on it became a famous site which celebrated the centuries old crafts and traditions of India.

This magnificent handicraft and handloom fair is held annually. The place is setup as a typical rural marketplace displaying the rich arts and traditions of India by the skilled artisans, sculptors, weavers and craftsmen. To give the fair a complete traditional touch, traditional cultural programs are held and rural cuisine is served.
The theme of the Surajkund fair is worked upon two main levels and is different every year. Out of the two levels, the first one is the setting of the place, the look of the entrance and the grounds which generally is dedicated to one particular state. The other level is a more purposeful one that is, highlighting a particular craft every year with half of the stalls showcasing it. There are about 400 stalls in this fair. To book a stall in the Surajkund Craft Mela, one has to fill up a tender and submit it in the Surajkund Mela Office in the first week of January.
The stalls not only sell these crafts but also act as a workshop for the craftsmen and enable the public to see how the crafts are made. Pottery, weaving, sculpture, embroidery, Paper Mache, bamboo and cane crafts etc are seen in abundance. Also metalwork and wooden work are a major part of the fair.
Such a fair is incomplete without food and beverage stalls. So there is an equally amazing food section which serves a huge variety of traditional Indian cuisines with fast food available too. There are fun rides setup for children and traditional entertainment shows, such as fold dancing, street drama for all.

Surajkund International Crafts Mela celebrates the unique diversity of Indian traditions and culture in an ambience created to represent the ethos of rural India. Surajkund International Crafts Mela showcases some of the most exquisite handlooms and handicrafts of India. Handmade fabrics soaked in ethnic colours make an eye catching display for the visitors.
The Mela was conceived primarily to promote the pool of skilled artisans, who used indigenous technology, but were suffering due to the cheaper machine-made imitations. This is an earnest effort by Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism to provide a platform for craftspersons and wavers to directly market their wares by eliminating the middlemen.
Goa- The theme state for this 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2014.
Sri Lanka has been chosen as the PARTNER NATION. A contingent of craftspersons from Sri Lanka will showcase best of handlooms and handicrafts of their country in a unique ambience that would transfer you to the tropical island nation.
Surajkund is the annual fair that showcases the finest handlooms, handicrafts, authentic fragrances & flavours of rich Indian cuisines. National and State awardee craftspersons from every corner of India showcase their ethnic art and crafts at Surajkund. The craftspersons from SAARC Nations also participate in the Surajkund Crafts Mela.
28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela will offer a lot of fun, frolic, entertainment and exclusive shopping experience. In a rural ambience, craftspersons display and demonstrate their finest crafts work that is set to capture many hearts. The authentic fragrances & flavours of rich Indian cuisines at the Food Courts will tantalise your taste buds. Tap your feet with the beats of enthralling folk dancers from the various parts of the country.
The Mela ground is spread over 40 acres and houses about 735 work huts that host craftspersons and weavers.  The scintillating folk performances at the two ‘Chaupals’ and mesmerizing evening recitals at ‘Natyashala’ rev up the entertainment quotient. There are designated places for amusement, adventure sports and joy rides to make it a must visit event for the young.Vibrant, colourful, joyous – a meeting ground for every visitor and participant alike – depicting the uniqueness of India’s incomparable heritage that’s the essence of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela. Over the years, the Mela has grown by leaps and bounds from a small beginning to becoming one that is truly international is a tribute to the commitment and vision of the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism.

HIGHLIGHTS

The craftspersons from all over India, SAARC and other neighbouring countries would be selling the best of Handlooms and Handicrafts items.

Sri Lanka has been chosen as the PARTNER NATION. A contingent of craftspersons from Sri Lanka will showcase best of handlooms and handicrafts of their country in a unique ambience that would transfer you to the tropical island nation. Watch out for the enthralling performances of Sri Lankan cultural troupes at Chaupal and Natyashala. The master chefs of Sri Lanka will rustle an array of authentic and mouth-watering delicacies in the Food Court.
Goa, the Theme State of this year’s Mela is known for its monuments, handicrafts, handloom and cuisine.
Exporters and Buyers Meet to be held with assistance of DC Handlooms and DC Handicrafts.
Food Court with a variety of lip-smacking Indian & SAARC countries cuisines.
Amusement Zone with playful rides and swings
Folk Dances at Chaupal daily from 11 a.m. onwards.


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Source:http://www.haryanatourism.gov.in/surajkund/surajkundmela.asp

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