Surajkund fair, a major draw for art and craft lovers

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 10:08 AM IST

New Delhi: The 25th Surajkund Crafts Mela is proving to be major attraction for art and craft lovers, besides international tourists.

Organized jointly by the Union Tourism Ministry and Haryana tourism department, the fair has been a major draw for people not only from India but from all across the world.
Introduced in 1987, the fair is held every year with the twin objective of highlighting India’s handicraft and handloom traditions.
Preveen Gupta, Officer Head of Media Center of Surajkund said: "Surajkund craft fair started first in 1987 and since then it is being celebrated annually as you rightly said this is the 25th crafts fair and we are celebrating silver jubilee this year."
"The idea of having a theme state is not only inviting their handloom, handicraft, culture but to create a mini India. Like if a person have never been to Andhra he will have a glimpse of state in craft fair," he added.

The fair also witnessed artisans from SAARC nations. Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, from central Asia participated in the fair for the first time.

P Chanappam, the head of a painters delegation from Karnataka said: “We have been coming to this fair for the last 10 years. The ambience is very good and sales have been excellent."

Nancy, a Zambian tourist said: "I am new to India so its really diverse looking at the different sorts of culture that are here. I participated in the dance as well which I think is really nice and I think its fun of uniting entire nation and showing India as being one to outside world."

Carlos Jose, a Chilean tourist said: "I very much like handicrafts, the materials, the leather, the wood, the silk and I especially like food. I am enjoying it very much and what I like the most about the fair is Indian iconography and Indian arts."

Besides a display of various handcrafted and handloom products, the Surajkund fair is also showcasing the different classical, tribal and folk art forms of the Indian subcontinent.

ANI