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Art, music, food spell magic at 32nd Surajkund fair in Faridabad

The 17-day-long fair will draw people from diverse cultures and encourage a free exchange of ideas

gurgaon Updated: Feb 03, 2018 23:05 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
Surajkund International crafts Mela,Faridabad,Gurgaon
Artistes from Egypt perform at the Surajkund fair in Faridabad.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

A perfect blend of different cultures, tradition, music and art was on show on the second day of the 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad. There was palpable excitement among visitors at the chaupal, as they were enthralled by live musical performances by well known Indian and international artistes.

The annual event is not just a colourful extravaganza but also a cultural melting pot of sorts, as it draws people from all across the globe. The event brings people from diverse cultures at one place and encourages a free flow of thoughts and ideas.

The convergence of people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds adds to the colour and ambience of the Surajkund fair and puts it on par with other events of its kind. The artistes feed off the electrifying ambience at the chaupal and give the event a dash of musical flair.

“I am so much in love with this country. It feels like home. This is my first time at the Surajkund fair and the ambience is simply fantastic. The sheer diversity of cultures and faiths that the visitors here represent speaks volumes of this event’s popularity and global appeal,” Begamy, a visitor from Kyrgyzstan, said.

Nestah Churwujekwu from South Africa echoed the refrain, saying she had been to India earlier and found the people here to be very helpful and culturally aware.

Lamps from Turkey, white honey and jungle walnut from Kyrgyzstan, wooden craftwork and tribal artifacts from South Africa, wall hangings and cutlery from Uzbekistan and the best of crochet, ceramic and pottery are among the top draws at the fair this year.

The 17-day-long fair was kicked off on Friday by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Uttar Pradesh is the theme state at the fair this year and the entire venue has been decked up to showcase the culture of the state.

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In one part of the fair ground, Varanasi Ghat has been replicated to showcase Indian rituals and make visitors understand how rivers sustain lives and livelihood and are connected to the society.

Visitors were spotted soaking in the ambience, breaking into an impromptu jig and pose for selfies alongside replicas of famous sculptures from the theme state, Danteshwari gate, Maharashtra gate, Mukteshwar gate, Sikkim gate and Rajasthani Haveli among others.

“I liked the international area. Apna Ghar of Haryana in the domestic craft area is simply amazing. It has almost brought a rural Haryana setting to life,” Govind Kumar, a visitor from Delhi, said.

Colourful bangles, decorative pieces, big earrings and ethnic jewellery from various states are big draws among women this time.

The food court, which features 36 stalls, is also a hit with visitors. “The traditional delicacies of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh reminded me of my girlhood days. I am here with my grandson and experience was fascinating,” Kalpana Saini, a resident of Sector 50, Gurgaon, said.

This year the duration of the fair has been increased from 15 days to 17 days considering the growing global popularity of the event, the organisers said.

More than 325 artistes from 28 countries will regale visitors with their performances at the fair this year. As many as 1,071 huts have been erected for artisans setting up shop at the fair ground this year. The venue, spread over 42.5 acres, has been divided into six zones.

Participants from Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Syria, South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Lebanon, Srilanka, Maldives, Nepal, Cambodia, Uzbekistan and Russia will showcase their musical talents at the fair that will conclude on February 18.

The mela, the inaugural edition of which was hosted in 1987, is jointly organised by Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs and the state government.

Pointers:

•Mela being held from February 2 to 18

•Visiting times are from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm

•Mela ground is spread over 42.5 acres with 1071 huts divided in six zones

•Venue has stalls with cuisines of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Punjab, South Indian, Chinese, Mughlai, and Lebanese.

How to reach Surajkund?

• Surajkund is 40 kms from Indira Gandhi international airport, New Delhi. The venue is 30 kms drive from South Delhi

•Special to and fro bus services are available to Surajkund from ISBT Delhi, Shivaji Stadium, Gurgaon and Faridabad.

•The nearest metro station is Badarpur on violet line

•Entry tickets are available at major bus stands, railway stations, and online on

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 23:05 IST