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Press Trust Of India
Chandigarh, February 15, 2013
The 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela concluded on Friday in Faridabad.

Haryana governor Jagannath Pahadia said on the occasion that the Mela had over the years become a commercially viable option for hundreds of craftspersons to maintain their livelihood. He commended efforts of Surajkund Crafts Mela Authority for extending a platform to craftspersons from participating countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Thailand and African nations.

The governor gave away the Kala Mani, Kala Nidhi and Kala Shri awards to outstanding craftspersons.

As many as 1,217 artisans from 20 countries participated in the mela.