The 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which commenced on February 1 and concluded on Monday, recorded a footfall of over 15 lakh.
Sticking to its tradition, the mela showcased an unparalleled display of regional and international crafts, ensuring that art and culture enthusiasts, shopaholics, and foodies swarmed to the 15-day event.
According to the organisers, 988 craftspersons participated in the mela and 180 international folk artistes performed at the mela. There were five lakh more visitors to the mela than last year, Haryana tourism officials said.
India’s newest state, Telangana, was chosen as the theme state for this year’s mela. It gave an opportunity to the state to promote its handicrafts, handloom products, performing arts, cuisines and its tourist potential to a vast section of people in an impressive manner.
Telangana proudly showcased it silk sarees from Pochampally, Narayanpet and Siddipet, and handcrafted sarees form Gadwal. The Cheriyal scroll artists stationed outside the state’s Apna Ghar created amazing masks, paintings and decorative plates.
Apart from the state, 23 countries were also part of the fair. Japan and China were the focus countries this year. Artistes who had mastered Taiko, a drumming style of Japan, were the centre of attraction in the international area.
Other major attractions included traditional bags at the Tunisian stall, while the Turkmenistan stall showcased painted vases, and stone, ceramic, silver and gold jewellery. Other popular international stalls included that of Congo’s, which displayed a variety of tribal masks, caps, statues and costumes.
The event was officially closed by Haryana and Punjab Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki. The Governor felicitated selected international and domestic craftspersons and gave away 16 awards.
“It was heartening to see the mela being organised in this magnitude. It has put Haryana on the world map and provided an ideal opportunity to bring several countries together,” Solanki said.
Solanki also said the international solar alliance signed between 122 countries during the Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, had decided to set up their headquarters in Gurgaon.