A village goes global

For a fortnight in February, Surajkund becomes the address of master
craftsmen from rural India. This year the added attraction has been the
participation of Thailand as well as SAARC countries. Surajkund Mela is
already a global affair attracting foreign tourists, says Geetanjali
Gayatri, but there’s more on the anvil. Haryana’s crafts bazaar is
readying to spread its wings abroad, with Qatar as its first halt.

Riding high on the crest of winter, a vibrant spring breezes in to paint
Surajkund in the united colours of diversity.

Come February and rural India comes together at this village in
Haryana’s Faridabad district to celebrate traditional crafts and skills
of its artisans and craftsmen.

Steeped in tradition and embodying the spirit of celebration, the annual
Surajkund Mela, held from February 1 to 15 every year, unveils the
faceless artists behind the exquisite crafts.

As rural India basks in the warmth of admiration, the venue — some 8 km
from South Delhi — comes to life with the hustle and bustle of
enthusiastic shoppers, the resonating rhythms of folk theatre, the
ballads of singing minstrels along with the most delightful handicraft
collection from all over the country.


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