Surajkund Mela 
A confluence of art, craft, tradition and culture

Written By Ipsa Arora 13/02/2016
Other stalls displayed marble idols, brass ware, silver and gold plated idols, show pieces and kitchen ware. There were other stalls displaying colourful antique jewellery including necklaces, earrings, bangles and bracelets.
 
The exclusive section allotted for Telangana flaunted varied specialities of this state. Carpet and floor coverings, Ikat sarees, sheet metal utensils and several other items were present from this theme state.
Surajkund mela is the largest crafts fair in the world and is held every year for a fortnight in Surajkund grounds, Faridabad. The magnificence of the mela is witnessed by tourists from all across the country and by foreigners alike. The mela is a confluence of Indian folk traditions and cultural heritage. It is organised by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External affairs.

​Every year the mela has a theme state and this year, the theme state for the mela was the youngest state of our country- Telangana and to acknowledge that, a whole section of space was dedicated to stalls from this beautiful state. Smt Sunita Bhagwat, Director Tourism Telangana visited the Surajmal grounds along with Shri Vikas Yadav, Chief Administrator, SKMA in January to pay a visit to the place and check the preparations being done.
Besides the Indian cities, there were foreign countries too displaying their works. Stall from Thailand displaying purses, hair bands, jewellery, artificial flowers, Buddha idols and other items. Other stalls were from Sri Lanka, Japan, Egypt, Bangladesh and Maldives.
 
To experience an aerial view of this entire event, a helicopter ride was also available for the visitors.
 
No mela or festival can be complete without great food. The Surajkund mela had food stalls from different states serving delicious food from each one of them. There was a stall from Telangana serving sumptuous food including Biryani, pakoda and sweets. There were stalls serving north Indian food like Dal Makhni, Rajma Rice, Chhole Bhature and sweets like Gulab Jamun and Gajar ka Halwa. There were food stalls from Rajasthan serving Mawa Kachori, Jalebi, Pakore and Kullad Chai.
The partner country for the mela this year is China. In the preceding years, Thailand, African nations, Sri Lanka and Lebanon have been partner nations.
This year, like previous years, craftsmen, weavers and workers came from all across the country and neighbouring countries too to display their work and sell their products in the mela.
​Stalls displaying Indian dresses, suits, shawls were in abundance. There were stalls from Ambala displaying beautiful Punjabi suits, stalls from Gujarat displaying shawls, handloom items from Rajasthan, sarees and other dress material from Uttar Pradesh, mufflers, shawls and Nehru jackets from Himachal Pradesh, saree and dress material from Bihar, textile products from Nagaland and shawls from Jammu and Kashmir and many others. Each product was authentic and carried the fragrance of the place it belonged to.

The mela also witnessed special performances on different days. Some of these performances included: dance performace by dancers from Telangana on 1st February, musical evening by famous playback singer Kamal Khan on 7th February and international exotic performance by up-close on 11th February.
 
The mela was overall a great event and worth experiencing!

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