Fast Facts :
Celebrated in : Haryana
Celebrated During : 1st to 15th February
Major Attraction : Handicrafts from different states
The Surajkund Crafts Mela was launched in the year 1981, which was organized by Haryana Tourism, and also had set a law to organize cultural events at an international level. This is a fortnight yearning fair, which also celebrates folk theatres: it is a popular mela, people from far off come to watch this simple but elegant fair in the village of Surajkund village.
The Surajkund Crafts Mela observes the finest handicrafts and handlooms of the country. This fair marks its beginning in the month of February from 1st to 15th This fair executes the spirit of rich culture and art in the people. The place where it is held is 8 kms away from South Delhi, Surajkund.
Underneath The thatched roof, master craftsperson efficiently displays their finest handicrafts and handlooms. The craftspersons come here from all over the country. The event is rich and colorful, that many of them visit this fair frequently. The prices are low compared to the emporia, the stuff displayed here are just amazing.
Shops over here bustle with brilliant mirror work embroidery, jingle of trinkets and toys, cane and metal ware, imprints of folk motifs in the forms of Terracotta, shimmer of opaline silks. This crafts exhibition is more of a cultural instinct. You can also enjoy the rich music and folk dances at the Natyashala open air theatre, which is open .The events, goes on for the fortnight.
The mela is fun filled and is also celebrated with a small food festival. You can hop upon various delicacies like Punjabi, south Indian, Chinese etc.The traditional foods are placed in a special section. This festival also celebrates the spirit of folk theatres.
Various states participate in the Mela.Rose wood carving, wood crafting from the state of Punjab. Sandalwood from the state of South India.Chikri wood craft from the state of Kashmir, Cane craft from the state of west Bengal, Delicate Shital Patti and Sholapith work from the state of West Bengal and Assam. In the category of Embroidery The Phulkari from the state of Punjab, The Bunni and Banjara embroidery from the state of Rajasthan and Gujarat, The Kantha Embroidery from the state of Tripura and West Bengal, Crochet and Lace from the state of Goa.The Suzni from the state of Kashmir and Chikan work from the state of Lucknow.
In the flooring section Carpet and Namda from the state of Kashmir, The Punja Durrie from the state of Punjab and Haryana, wollen druggets from the state of Mirzapur and rag and coir carpets of south India enthralls the visitors. Seashell decoration, agate stonework and oxidized jewellery are also some thing you can look forward to. Toys in cane and wood, mud and ply can be fascinating.
The exhaliterating Phad paintings from the state of Rajasthan, Temple painting from the state of Orissa,The Kalamkari Painting from the state of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and Madhubani from the state of Bihar are also displayed.
The metal section includes Bell metal ,Classical South Indian metal work, Dhora work and glittering brassware delights the collectors.
How to Go :
Surajkund is eight kms away from South Delhi.Buses are also available from Gurgaon, Faridabad and Delhi.
Morning 9.30am to 5.30pm
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