34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela

34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela

Recently, the President inaugurated the 34th edition of the Surajkund Crafts Fair 2020.

About Surajkund Mela:

  • The Surajkund Mela is unique as it showcases the richness and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric of India, and is the largest crafts fair in the world.
  • It was first started in 1987 and in 2013, the fair was upgraded to an international level.
  • Surajkund is an ancient reservoir of the 10th century located on Southern Delhi Ridge of Aravalli range in Faridabad city of Haryana.
  • It is an artificial Kund and it is said to have been built by the king Surajpal of the Tomar dynasty in the 10th century.
  • Every year, one of the Indian states gets the honour of being the Theme State of the year at the Surajkund Crafts Mela. Under this concept, the chosen state is highlighted in all its glory through various art forms and handicrafts.
  • The state of Himachal Pradesh has been chosen to be the Theme State for the 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2020.

Cultural exchange:

In order to help preserve the languishing arts & crafts of India, the Surajkund Mela offers its craftsmen and visitors a lifetime experience to indulge in the biggest market of cultural exchange.

This exchange happens here in many forms:

  • Handcrafted goods that showcase the expert craftsmanship and creativity of the people belonging to different regions, states, and countries.
  • Delicious delicacies of different places.
  • Vibrant folk performances at the Chaupals and the open-air theatre ‘Natyashala’ displaying cultural distinctiveness.
  • Skits or plays performed by the youth at various different venues of the mela, mostly addressing the social issues affecting our society.
  • A great platform for the traditional skills of India’s great artisans that are fading slowly due to cheap machine made imitations
  • Musical evenings at the ‘Natyashala’ where the best of musicians from various states come together to perform traditional music of different areas of the country.

Source- The Hindu

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