The 34th edition of Surajkund Mela has brought in its wake the richness and the diversity that manifest themselves in the country we live in, that is India.
Being organised by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, and External Affairs, the fair is a celebration of art and culture. Commenced on February 1, the mela will conclude on February 16.
The 16-day jamboree not only offers a platform to artisans and craftspersons from in India but from all over the world to showcase their artwork. It gives an opportunity to the visitors to explore diverse cultures and arts under one roof.
The fair brings out the true essence of rural and tribal art in the form of painting, handicraft, handloom, food, décor, wood work, stone work among other fascinating creations.
Magnificent gate entrance
Every year one Indian state is chosen as the theme state and this year the honour is bestowed upon the hill state of Himachal Pradesh while Uzbekistaan has been chosen as the partner nation.
In its journey of 34 years, the essence of all the states of India is still visible in the form of various gates erected at the fair.
Five main entrances have been built on Mehrauli Road at the entrance of the fair. Every gate symbolises a state. Visitors coming from VIP gate no. 3 will be welcomed by Kotayalamba Gate of Kerala, the state which was the theme state in the year 1991.
Similarly, Gate number 5 has Chande Devi and Mata Jwala Devi Gates of Himachal Pradesh will greet you. You will also see a replica of Charminar of Hyderabad, Gol Gumbaz of Vijapur, Karnataka, artwork of Rambagh, Punjab and reminiscent of Garhwal and Telangana through the state gates.
This time around, the theme state of Himachal Pradesh brings the experience of abode of god by making exact replicas of the famous Bhimakali temple.
Visitors might feel elated by standing in front of these gates and symbolic structures taking selfies or photos to capture their memorable moments at the fair.
The fair is not just about showcasing art and culture around the world. But it adds entertainment quotient to your visit with a wide variety of enthralling cultural performances presented every evening.
During these 16 days, Chaupal will remain the centre of attraction where artists from all across the country and the world would present the culture of their respective native states.
Encouraging rural roots
The National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has provided an opportunity to 55 artists of the country to showcase their products at the fair. At each stall, you can see products made by self-help groups (SHG) and artists from small industries.
Rajwanti, who came from Karnal and associated with the Shri Ram self-help group, said that with the support of the NABARD, there was an ease in selling and showcasing her products. She added that attractive and beautiful items were being made from terracotta by the group consisting of 12 women.
At stall no. 609, fine bamboo art. All the item here made of bamboo are brought by Manvendra Nath from Malda in West Bengal. Their uniqueness is sure to fascinate you. He is engaged in this work since 1998. The home décor is available from Rs 50 to Rs 500.