The 33rd Suraj Kund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad (in the north Indian state of Haryana) is the world’s biggest craft fair which is organised by the Surajkund Mela Authority and the Haryana Tourism.
The Surajkund Mela (fair) exhibits fascinating art, music, craft, cultural activities, folk dances, and authentic cuisine all under one roof. The unique fair gives a strong platform to the talented artists, weavers, sculptors, and painters from all over India to exhibit their skills through their work. This year Maharashtra has been chosen as the theme state and Thailand is the partner nation for the event that started on February 1 and will continue till February 17.
Every year the Surajkund attracts thousands of visitors to witness the astonishing vibrant culture of India and also the participation of SAARC nations bring forth their age-old heritage craft. The international participants from Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Syria, South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Cambodia, Uzbekistan and Russia have showcased their impressive cultural ethos at the ongoing event.
The display of exquisite textiles, ivory work, trendy shell pieces of jewellery, terracotta, glass, stone and lac work attracts thousands of customers to buy the world’s treasured wares.
Vibrancy of the fair
Stalls with spectacular carving skills from South India, or a woodcraft of Kashmir, amazing cane craft, West Bengal’s traditional art of ‘Kantha’ motifs and embroidery, ‘Phulkari’ from Punjab, embroidery of Gujarat, ‘Chikan’ work of Lucknow are just a few stalls which exhibit their rich diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric of India. The purpose of Surajkund fair is to promote the skilled artisans from the well known as well as remote regions of the country and save our cultural heritage. Around 34-36 food stalls have been set for the visitors who are served with traditional delicacies from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
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