Surajkund Mela 2021: History and importance of the international crafts festival
New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Surajkund Mela is a unique international craft festival for all the artist to showcase their culture and talent from across the globe. Every year this festival is hosted by Haryana Tourism Department in Surajkund annually, however, this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic the organisers have cancelled the event.
"If the situation improves in the coming days, the tourism department will organise the fair," The Times of India quoted Rajesh Joon, nodal officer of Surajkund Mela, as saying.
The Surajkund Mela offers offbeat attractions such as traditional folk dance, puppet skits, musical shows for tourists of every age, over 20 countries from Europe, South Asia and Africa participate in this craft festival making it a huge success.
For unversed, Surajkund means 'Lake of the Sun', it is an ancient reservoir of the 10th century built by then king Suraj Pal of the Tomar dynasty. It is an artificial Kund built in the backdrop of the Aravalli hills with an amphitheatre shaped embankment constructed in semicircular form.
Surajkund Mela History
The Surajkund Mela first took place in 1987 and ever since then, Haryana has been organising the festival with great pomp and fervour. With time the festival has gained great importance and has become the world's largest International Craft Festival, as it allows people to showcase their talents and culture from across the globe.
The Surajkund Mela didn't kick-start as international fair it was only in 2013, it was upgraded at international level and was called '28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela'. So far more than 15 SAARC countries and some from Africa and Europe have participated in the Fair.
Surajkund Mela Importance
The Surajkund Mela has a great significance as it promotes the Indian's culture and encourages all the local artisans to showcase their skills. Every year the festival is celebrated keeping in mind a specific theme, that is, Indian states to highlight India's diverse cultural history.
Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv