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Foreign flavours add spice to Indian handicrafts fair at Surajkund

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, February 05, 2013
First Published: 01:36 IST(5/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:38 IST(5/2/2013)

Artistes and craftsmen from over 20 countries who are showcasing some of their finest handlooms and handicrafts at the 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad continue to attract a large number of visitors not only from India but from other countries as well.

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At the huts of Namibia, women from the African nation can be seen crafting cane baskets, leather shoes and earthen pots. Then there is memorabilia and literature of the country that throws light on the culture of the country.

Pretty cane containers from Rwanda and the black and green stone animal figurines from Zambia are extremely eye-catching.

The work huts of Thailand have something that every woman would like to lap up - silk stoles and scarves, ceramic decoration items, incense sticks, floating candles and a host of accessories, a visitor said.

Artisans from Bhutan and Pakistan, under the aegis of SAARC Business Association of Home Base Workers, are displaying woven handbags, wall hangings and an assortment of products like kurtas, pillow covers and stoles. From Nepal, stoles and scarves made from wild nettle found exclusively in the Alpine region of the Himalayan nation are a huge attraction.

The presence of Sri Lanka is prominent with a number of stalls from the island country. They are showcasing beautiful inlay work paintings by artist Rohith, masks carved out from timber of a tree that offers cure for different ailments by K Susanta Kumara and GY Ajamtha Rohini, and stone and coconut utensils brought in by Saman Renuka Wijesiri and KHH Wijayaratne.

On Monday evening, the Natyashala was resonating with all-time hit songs sung by Padamjeet Sehrawat to entertain visitors.

On Tuesday, singer Rinku Kalia of Sa Re Ga Ma fame will entral the audience with Punjabi songs. 

Haryana excise and taxation minister Kiran Chaudhry and ADGP (Haryana Vigilance) RC Misra were among the dignitaries who visited the mela on Monday.


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