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Egypt to showcase ancient heritage in Surajkund Mela

india Updated: Feb 01, 2009 14:12 IST

The world-famous Surajkund Mela is all set to get an Egyptian touch, with the country geared up to showcase its 4,000-year-old rich civilisation and the crowd-favourite belle dance.

Participating for the first time, Egypt will present its ancient heritage besides mesmerising Indian audience with its traditional "Ismalia" troupe dance and belle dance.

A varied display of handloom, craft, wooden material and glass work -- all hand-made -- will be up for grabs at the 15-day international event here.

"We are proud to be a partner country in this event of international repute. Our participation aims at adding Egyptian flavour to India," said Dina Elsehy, Counsel at Egyptian Embassy in New Delhi.

Elsehy said that the country has brought its 'Social Development Programme' model, which has benefited nearly two million families in Egypt, at the craft mela to highlight the importance of mass participation in conserving the country's tradition.

"The art prepared by these families will be showcased here. The model has proved to be very successful in Egypt. It has given employment to many. We will explain this to everyone visiting our stalls," Aiman Hossam, advisor to Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity, told PTI here.

A total of five representatives have come to represent their country at the Surajkund Mela. Besides, many artistes from the country will participate in the cultural festivities.