Participation of Foreign Cultural Troupes/Artisans for 32nd Surajkund Inernatiuonal Crafts Mela from 2-18 February, 2018

Participation of Foreign Cultural Troupes/Artisans for

32nd Surajkund Inernatiuonal Crafts Mela

from 2-18 February, 2018

    Haryana Tourism & Surajkund Mela Authority, Haryana, India invites Foreign Cultural Troupes/ Artisans to participate in the 32nd Surajkund Internatioal Crafts Mela from 2-28 February, 2018.

2. The Surajkund International Crafts Mela is jointly hosted by the Surajkund Mela Authority in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs, Department of Tourism, Government of Haryana and Haryana Tourism Corporation.  This Festival has come to occupy a place of pride and prominence on the International tourist calendar, attracting more than a million domestic and foreign visitors during the Mela fortnight.

3. Each participating country may sponsor a Cultural Troupe consisting of 10-15 artistes to perform in the open stage especially designated for the cultural performances.  In addition, 3-4 artisans along with 1 helper each having different craft to showcase and sell their crafts in the specially created working huts (8ft x 10 ft area approximately).

4. As per the prevailing practice, the Surajkund Mela Authority/ Haryana Tourism would be happy to provide Boarding, Lodging and Local Transportation for Airport Transfers Free of cost during the participation. 

5. For more details please contact Mr. Kamal Parvez, Head of Chancery at hoc.stockholm@mea.gov.in or Mr. Rajesh Duggal, Assistant Consular Officer at consular.stockholm@mea.gov.in

 

NOTE ON SURAJKUND INTERNATIONL CRAFTS MELA 

The Annual Surajkund International Crafts Mela is organized every year in the month of February.  It is a celebration of India folk traditions and cultural heritage in an ambience specially created to represent the ethos of rural India. 

A signature calendar event of the Haryana Tourism & Surajkund Mela Authority, the Mela is held in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Textiles, Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. 

To Preserve the languishing arts & crafts of India, Surajkund Crafts Mela was hosted for the first time in 1987.  The Mela has paved a path for establishing a conducive environment for craftspersons to directly market their wres while eliminating the middlemen. 

The Mela is a lifetime experience where on explores an exquisite mix of thatched huts, folksongs, flamboyant colours, ornate crafts and aroma of different cuisines.  This is a sincere endeavor to pay homage to the traditional arts & crafts of rural India. 

The Mela ground is spread over 40 acres that houses about 1010 work huts hosting craftspersons and weavers.  A separate section is earmarked for heritage art & crafts.  Surajkund Mela is a life time experience where one explores an exquisite conglomeration of thatched huts, folksongs, flamboyant colours, intricate crafts and aroma of different cuisines. 

In 2013, the Mela was upgraded to an international level with the participation of more than 20 countries.  Now, every year, more and more countries are vying for participation in this largest crafts fair of the world.  The Mela attacts over a million visitors from every section of society. 

Scintillating folk dance performances by cultural artistes at the two ‘Chaupals’ offer non-stop entertainment and draw thousands of visitors every day.  Special evening cultural programmes further add to the charm of the Mela. 

The multi-cuisine Food Courts serve ethnic cuisines from different parts of the world, enticing visitors with gastronomic pleasures.  There are designated places for amusement and joyrides to make it a must-visit even for children and youngsters. 

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