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Vol.15-Issue-12Registration No.RNI-69312/98

Street performers entertaing a child

The mela hosted Kite flying competition, Mehndi competition, Rangoli competition, and Hasya Kavi Samamelan on the mela venue. Street performers from Rajasthan entertain the visitors specially the young folks. A separate area has been created for children games and electronic swing such merry - go - round and joint wheels etc.A medley of exotic performances is presented at Natyashala the open air theatre. This year, artistes from Russia are performing at the Surajkund International crafts Mela. The effervescent Tajikistan dancers and Uzbekistani dancers entertain the audience thoroughly with their spectacular performances.

 

Replica of Viva Carnival at Surajkind International Crafts Mela

 

 

28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2014

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Sri Lanka, the partner nation in the mela, is a country rich with varied heritage of traditional arts and craft. The colorful handicrafts from Sri Lanka are made out of natural indigenous raw materials by crafts persons whose skills are passed by generations to generation. Verity of handicrafts is made out of wood, brass, silver, natural fiber, buffalo horn, coconut shell, bamboo. Household linen, batiks, embroidered garments, lace, lacquer products, Wood-carved decorative panels with variety of colors and patterns and costume jewellery are very popular. At the work huts of Sri Lanka, there were unique handicrafts from traditional paintings in velvet and wood to jute based products and ceramics. Figurines of Lord Buddha, tribal, elephants and others animals were among the designs. Wooden Masks in a wide range of sizes in vibrant colors caught attention of the visitors. These masks are made of the timber of a tree locally called ‘Kaduru”. The masks were originally used for curative rituals and for demon propitiation. The three dimensional carvings of ebony Elephants, Buddha are popular in Sri Lanka. Wide verity of traditional drums and musical items were among the other interesting handicrafts. Sri Lanka Tea Board had set up a stall. Sri Lanka Day was celebrated on February 4th during the Mela. Artists and crafts persons from over 15 countries showcased some of the finest handlooms and handicrafts at the Mela. While Goa was the Theme State of the 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela, master crafts persons from other Indian states also participated and showcased their arts and crafts. Thus the mela was a one stop destination for connoisseurs of arts, handicrafts and handlooms. The craftsmen from Bhutan exhibited Tanka paintings made from gold, silver and stone hung all around their stall. It takes 3-12 years to make one Tanka painting and interestingly these paintings get brighter in colour with time There were colourful ethnic dresses and traditional dolls from Tajikistan. Carved wooden wall hangings, lacy linen, black stone and wooden figurines of tribal men and women, animals and containers from Buganda Kingdom, Uganda were pretty eye-catching. By the side of these wares, was an artist from Uganda making pencil portrait of any interested visitor. The work huts from Thailand had something that every woman would like to lap up - ceramic decoration items, incense sticks, floating candles and a host of accessories. Artisans from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal under the aegis of SAARC Business Association of Home Base Workers displayed woven handbags, wall hangings and an assortment of products like kurtas, pillow covers and stoles. A medley of exotic performances was presented at ‘Natyashala’ the open air theatre. This year, artistes from Russia performed at the Surajkund International crafts Mela. The effervescent Tajikistan dancers and Uzbekistani dancers entertained the audience thoroughly with their spectacular performance. The visitors were enriched by the unique and vibrant heritage of Goa and Sri Lanka. Last year, the mela went global with the participation of various countries. The Surajkund Crafts Mela has since been named as Surajkund International Crafts Mela An ‘Exporters and Buyers Meet’ was organised with the help of Export Promotional Council with a view to explore the business opportunities for the exporters and craftspersons. The mela hosted Kite flying competition, Mehndi competition and Rangoli competition. Hasya Kavi Samamelan and Fashion Show were also organised on the mela venue. Street performers from Rajasthan entertained the visitors specially the young folks. A separate area was created for children games and electronic swings such as merry-go-round and joint wheels etc. The mela was also used as an appropriate forum for AIDS awareness and women welfare There were many lip-smacking foods available at the food court. Goan Cuisine included Masala Fried Prawns, Goan Fish Curry, Pork Vinalho, Patal Bhaji and lots more to choose from. Among others, Srilankan and Rajasthani food stalls were popular. Hotel Management students also put up a stall in the food court. Surajkund International Craft Mela Authority had made comprehensive security arrangements within the mela complex with a police post, CCTV and night vision cameras, good number of police personnel and fire brigade. This year, ten per cent discount was introduced on online booking of tickets at www.haryanatourism.gov.in and a 50 per cent discount on entry tickets was extended to senior citizens, differently-abled and serving soldiers. College students were offered 50 per cent discount on entry tickets during weekdays on presenting their college identity cards. Also special e-ticketing counters were put up for women. There were golf carts and wheel chairs available for senior citizens and differently-abled persons. The Mela was open to public from 9.30-7.30 daily from 1-15 February, 2014 One can stay at the Hotel Raj Hans, a 5-star property of Haryana Tourism, within the Surajkund Tourist Complex. The Hotel has 75 guest rooms, restaurants, a bar, health club, swimming pool, billiards, tennis court and a small golf course. Hermitage Huts and Sunbird Motel close to the hotel are also ideal choice for a stay. This year the total number of craftspersons participated in the Mela were 1,170, including 39 from foreign countries. A footfall of over 10 lakh including a record number of foreign visitors during 15 days of the Mela reinforce that Surajkund International Crafts Mela occupies a place of prominence on the international calendar. The Mela is one stop destination for connoisseurs of arts, handicrafts and handlooms in an aesthetically created ambience. The ambience of Surajkund International Crafts Mela is a visual engagement complete with ‘Village huts’ having their mud-walls aglow with ‘colourful motifs’ in a rural set up and the fabulous commemorative structure created by the preceding Theme States.

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