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- 16th February 2020 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 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela–2020, the state of Himachal Pradesh 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 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2020, the state of Himachal Pradesh has been chosen to be the Theme State.
Hundreds of artistes from Himachal Pradesh will be performing different folk arts and dances. From traditional dances art forms to excuisite crafts, there is a bouquet of heritage and culture from Himachal Pradesh to enthrall the audience. Also a replica of ‘Bhima Kali Temple’ and the already existing ‘Maheshwar Devta Temple’, promises to be the main attraction of this year’s Mela.
Uzbekistan is the Partner Nation for the Year 2020. Egypt became the Focus Nation in the 23rd Surajkund Crafts Mela-2009. That’s how the idea was mooted to introduce a country/nation as a Focus Nation. Thailand was introduced as the first Focus Nation during the 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela-2012.
- 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.||Saturday||Riveting ‘Mughlai Kathak’ solo performance by Devendra Manglamukhi of Jaipur.|
Enjoy captivating folk songs by Mrs. Ranju Prasad and party.
|2nd Feb.||Sunday||Fashion show ‘Ferghana Fantasy’ by Rítu Beri.|
|3rd Feb.||Monday||Watch mesmerizing Haryanvi Cultural programme directed by Shri Rajvir Singh, Dharohar Heritage, Kururkshetra.|
|4th Feb.||Tuesday||Enjoy a vibrant show by folk dancers from Himachal Pradesh|
|5th Feb.||Wednesday||Live performance by famous singer and actress Akanksha Saini|
|6th Feb.||Thursday||Enthralling musical evening by famous singer Mahua Sen|
|10th Feb.||Monday||Live performance by Sa Re Ga Ma fame singer – Dr. Rinku Kalia|
Mesmerizing musical concert by famous folk singer- Vandana Mishra
|15th Feb.||Saturday||Hasya Kavi Sammelan by Manjit Singh & Party|
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 16th February, 2020
Timings: 10:30 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Surajkund Fair ground, Haryana
Theme State: Himachal Pradesh
Nearest Metro Station for Surajkund Mela: Badarpur
Ticket price for Surajkund Mela: Weekdays 80/- Saturday – Sunday 120/-