A splash of colours, rhythm of drum beats and joy de-vivre merge at Surajkund in Faridabad, Haryana during the first fortnight of each February. The curtains go up on the acclaimed annual Surajkund International Crafts Mela from 1st- 17th February 2019 onwards, a celebration of Indian folk traditions and cultural heritage.
The Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. For the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019, the state of Maharashtra has been chosen to be the Theme State. At least 20 countries & all the states of India will be participating in the Mela.
A large number of renowned national and international folk artistes and cultural groups present day performances at both the Chaupals, the open-air theatres, located in the Mela premises. Also enthralling cultural evening programmes are held at the main Chaupal during each of the Mela evening. The Mela is indeed a custodian of the heritage crafts involving use of traditional skills that are fading away due to cheap machine made imitations, and a special section is earmarked for showcasing of these heritage crafts.
The multi-cuisine Food Court provides ethnic cuisines from all over the world, which are immensely popular with visitors. There are designated places for amusement, adventure sports and joy rides to make it a must visit event for the young.
Occupying a place of pride on the international tourist calendar, more than a million visitors throng the Mela during the fortnight including thousands of foreign tourists. The Surajkund Mela is unique as it showcases the richness and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric of India, & is the largest crafts fair in the world.
At the open air theatre, ‘Natyashala’, folk dances and musical evenings are held throughout the fortnight. A special stall serve traditional food of the theme state along with other stalls serving food from other popular cuisines like Punjab and South India. The multi-cuisine Food Court provides ethnic cuisines from all over the world, which are immensely popular with visitors. There are designated places for amusement, adventure sports and joy rides to make it a must visit event for the young.
History Of the Mela
Surajkund, the site of popular Surajkund Mela is located at a distance of 8 km from South Delhi in Faridabad. Surajkund derives its name from the ancient amphitheatre ‘Sun Pool’ constructed here in the 10th century AD by Raja SurajPal, one of the Tomar chieftains. The place is located in the Aravalli mountain range. This internationally famous marvellous mela launched in 1981 by the Haryana Tourism is a unique fair showcasing folk arts and rich crafts tradition from all regions of India. It provides a very important platform for the skilful and dexterous artists who can easily showcase their talents with their wonderful and magnificent handicrafts items. The typical handicrafts and handlooms look majestic in the rural backdrop. It is a stage where artists from all over the country gather at one premise and definitely it brings the age old Indian cultures into the limelight from many years. The fair is organized by the Haryana Tourism Department to encourage Indian artists.
The Theme This Time
The novelty of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela is that one of the Indian states gets the honour to occupy the position of the Theme State each year. The Theme State was conceptualized broadly with a view to promote and focus on art, craft and cuisine of each state of India every year and highlights the state in totality from its architecture to fine arts and crafts.
For the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019, the state of Maharashtra has been chosen to be the Theme State.
The Mela provides a rare opportunity to the Theme State to showcase its handicrafts, handlooms, performing arts, cuisine and its tourist potential to a vast cross-section of people in an impressive manner. UP’s diverse crafts and dance forms will offer a veritable treat for visitors. Get ready to witness UP’s rich culture, tradition and exclusive artefacts made by the artisans that are in great demand throughout the world.
Thailand is the Partner Nation Country for the Year 2019.Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
Thailand art and craft is woven in to the country’s rich cultural heritage and is an inherent part of Thailand’s history and national identity. With skills having been passed on for generations, Thailand art and craft is an enduring reflection of the Thai people’s attention to detail and creativity. Traditional Thai art and craft ranges from paintings and musical instruments to beautiful silk, silver wear, pottery, puppets, Khon masks, model warships, bronze wear, soap carving, sculptures, wood and stone carvings, ceramics and much more.
- To enliven the visitors’ mood, national and international cultural artistes present day long cultural performances at the open air ‘Chaupal’ within the Mela ground.
- Watch renowned singers, musicians and poets perform daily at Chaupal from 6.00 pm onwards during the Mela fortnight.
- A number of competitions for school and college students to be held during the Mela.
- A separate section is earmarked for amusement and adventure activities ensuring that the Mela offers entertainment for all age groups.
- To enrich the dining experience of the common man, a VIP enclosure is created where visitors can dine after making a payment.
- Food kiosks and permanent food vending points selling packed and ready-to-eat items have been set up in an artistic manner. The Food Court ‘Haveli’ in the Mela premises dons a new look.
- A special ambience is created in the Mela area. It is divided into six zones . The profusion of elements from Nature, life and music will accentuate the Mela surrounding.
- Souvenirs such as Mugs, neckties, key rings Umbrellas, fridge magnets, coasters & decorative plates will be available for sale on affordable prizes.
- Awards namely Kala Mani, Kala Nidhi and Kala Shri will be given away to the outstanding craftspersons.
All For Your Convenience…
- Sale of Mela entry tickets through Bookmyshow.com
- Mela Timings 10:30 AM-8.30 PM.
- The security arrangements had been beefed up with CCTV Cameras installed in the Mela ground along with the Night Vision Cameras. A large number of security personnel were deployed within the Mela premises to prevent the occurrence of any untoward incident or mishap.
- The parking area for vehicles had been increased and separate entry and exits had been provided so as to ensure smooth and unhindered flow of traffic.
- Golf Cart and a Battery Operated Rickshaw will be available on request, for facilitating the movement of senior citizens and differently-abled persons. Special plan had been made for the smooth movements of the pedestrians and walk-friendly ramps had been created instead of stairs in the Mela ground.
- Environment friendly e-toilets had also been set up within the Mela premises, in addition to the traditional toilets.
- A complete ban on the plastic/polythene bags within the Mela premises.
|1st Feb.||Friday||Vibrant Dance performance by dance troupe from Maharashtra|
|2nd Feb.||Saturday||Sway to the tunes of famed Bollywood singer Akkankksha|
|3rd Feb.||Sunday||Witness Haryanvi themed cultural Programme and Fashion Show directed by Prop. Rajvir Singh, Dharohar Heritage, Kurukshetra|
|4th Feb.||Monday||Jive to the scintillating performances by artists from Thailand|
|5th Feb.||Tuesday||Enjoy cultural programme by Rajasthani artists|
|6th Feb.||Wednesday||Join the National Day celebration of Sri Lanka with cultural performances|
|7th Feb.||Thursday||Sway to the earthy moves of artists from Maharashtra|
|8th Feb.||Friday||Get mesmerized by the performance of famed classical singer Mrs. Malini Awasthy|
|9th Feb.||Saturday||Enjoy the flavours of Kavi Sammelan by famous poets co-ordinated by Sardar Manjeet Singh, Poet Surender Sharma, Dr. Surendra Dubey, Suresh Awasthi, Gajender Solanki and Budhi Prakash Dadhich|
|10th Feb.||Sunday||Be enthralled by classical dance performance by Ms. Anu Sinha|
|11th Feb.||Monday||Resonate to the melodious songs of the golden era and Sufi Qawwalis.|
Enjoy riveting dance performance by Mrs. Ranju Prasad and Party.
Swing to the beat of the scintillating performance by WOW Womania Folklores Band
Catch the live performance of Sa Re Ga Ma fame singer Dr. Rinku Kalia
Groove to the pulse of Rajashthani Folk performers
Soak in the soulful Sufi songs by renowned Punjabi Artists.
Relive the evergreen melodies of Mohd. Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar etc. by various artists
Gyrate to the tunes of electrifying performance by Paddy boys Band
|15th Feb.||Friday||Medley of performances by international artists|
|16th Feb.||Saturday||Experience an eclectic fusion of instruments and classical vocals by Subhash Ghosh|
HOW TO REACH ?
- Buses are available from ISBT, Shivaji Stadium, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Surajkund.
- Tourist cabs/ tourist coaches to the venue can be conveniently hired from Delhi.
Detail of Parking
|Gate No.||Mela Gate||Entry from||Parking Numbers|
IA- (Chhatisgarh parking)
IB- (Near Silver Jubilee Gate)
|II||Jharkhand Gate/Kerla Gate||Faridabad/ Gurgaon||2A- HTC Land|
2B- HTC Land
2C- EROS Land Parking
|III||Dhanteshwari/TRC Gate||Delhi/ Gurgaon||3A- Near Silver Jubilee Gate|
3B- Helipad Parking
3D- Dinesh Aggarwal Park
When: 1st to 17th February, 2019
Timings: 10:30 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Surajkund Fair ground, Haryana
Theme State: Maharashtra
Nearest Metro Station for Surajkund Mela: Badarpur
Ticket price for Surajkund Mela: Weekdays 80/- Saturday – Sunday 120/-