Governor of Haryana Bandaru Dattatraya and Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal inaugurat 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela

The Surajkund Crafts Mela was hosted for the first time in 1987 to showcase richness heritage and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms, and the cultural of India.

New Delhi:  Governor of Haryana  Bandaru Dattatraya and Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal inaugurated the 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela today in the presence of  Kanwar Pal, Minister of Tourism Forests, Hospitality and Art, Education, Parliamentary Affairs, Haryana and Dilshod Akhatov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan Embassy, Seema Trikha, M.L.A, Badkhal, Krishan Pal, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Power & Heavy Industries, Government of India,   Mool Chand Sharma, Minister of Transport, Mines & Geology, Skill Development & Industrial Training and Elections and Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India along with others.

During the inauguration session, Governor Dattatraya  pointed out the importance of art and crafts in the development of civilization and culture. He also praised the Ministries of Central government  and state government of Haryana for organising the crafts mela as this gives an opportunity to the artisan from India and as well as participating countries to present the rich legacy of arts & crafts of their respective countries.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal stated that the Suraj Kund Crafts fair helps thousands of craftsperson from across India to showcase their arts and products to a wider audience. Thus, the Mela has also helped in reviving the heritage crafts of India. He further said that this years’ Suraj Kund Crafts Mela is special as organized when we are celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The Mela was first organized in 1987 and this is the 35th Crafts Mela organized this year and it is a stage not only for the artisans from Haryana but also from all over India giving opportunity to showcase their talent and encourages to preserve our rich heritage & culture.

The Surajkund Crafts Mela was hosted for the first time in 1987 to showcase richness heritage and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms, and the cultural of India. Jointly hosted by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs and Government of Haryana, this festival has come to occupy a place of pride and prominence on the international tourism calendar for its display of crafts, culture & cuisine of India in aesthetically created ambience.

Keeping in pace with the times, online tickets are made available through portals like Paytm Insider, to help visitors easily enter mela premises without the hassles of long queues.  Special buses will run from various points to carry visitors from the surrounding areas to the fair site.

Jammu & Kashmir is the ‘Theme State’ of the 35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2022, which is showcasing its unique culture and rich heritage through various art forms and handicrafts from the state. Hundreds of  artists from Jammu & Kashmir will be performing different folk arts and dances. From traditional dances art forms to exquisite crafts, there is a bouquet of heritage and culture from Jammu & Kashmir to enthrall the audience.  Replicas of Vaishno Devi temple, Amar nath temple , Apna Ghar representing architecture from Kashmir,  live demonstration of House Boat and Commemorative  gate ‘Mubarak  Mandi – Jammu’     promises to be the main attractions of this year’s Mela.

 

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