Surajkund Crafts Mela, one of the colourful festivals organised under the banner of Incredible India to promote tourism is set to begin from 1st February. The 15-day long extravaganza is one of the best events that stage a platform to hundreds of craftsmen across India to display their skill and artistic work.
External Affairs Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the festival at Surajkund, Haryana. Though the event was initiated by the Haryana tourism in 1981 but with its meticulous style and such an outstanding exponent of varied crafts has given it an international recognition. Now Union Tourism Ministry has been organising the festival.
This time apart from craftsmen from various sates of India, crafts person from SAARC countries and from Thailand, Brazil, and South Africa have also been invited.
Union Tourism Secretary Shri S. Banerjee in his address to media persons said that this year West Bengal is the theme state of the mela and 61 crafts men will be participating.
Organised on the backdrop of Surajkund Mela village, the event attracts thousands of visitors/tourists to the state. From not just being a crafts festival the organisers plan to make a complete cultural fiesta with cultural events like folk dance, classical dance and music by artists all across the globe.
Here in this 15 day long cultural event one can trace huge number of finest handlooms and handicrafts including leather Craft, Brass & Bell metal, Cane & Bamboo, Ceramic, Clay dolls, Dhokra, Horn work, Jute Products, Masks & Puppets, Papier Mache, Sandalwood Carving, Artistic Weaving, Printing & Painting, Baluchari Saree and Daccai, Cotton Sarees and Jamdani, Needlwork and Embroidery etc.
Visitors can also have the flavour of various cuisines from different states and in between the Surajkund Crafts Mela creates a whole rural ambiance, where one can experience the incredible India with various shades.
Entry Fee: Visitors needs to buy a daily ticket of Rs 35 per person. However, school children sponsored by their school in groups will be given free entry.
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vandanaFebruary 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM