Surajkund International Crafts Mela Current Affairs - 2019

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Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019

The Surajkund International Crafts Mela is organized every year by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs.

The state of Maharashtra is the Theme State and Thailand is the Partner Nation Country for the Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019.

Objectives of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela

The Surajkund International Crafts is organised, managed and run Mela at Surajkund Faridabad with a view

  • To promote handicrafts, handlooms with the aid of craftsmen invited from all over the country
  • To identify languishing and lesser-known crafts and to introduce them to patrons.
  • To display crafts and loom techniques by organising demonstration sections in the Mela grounds.
  • To undertake the promotion of export of handlooms and handicrafts.
  • To set up an environment in which rural crafts traditions could be displayed and to project the traditional rural ambience of a typical village near Delhi for travellers who may not have the time or means to visit an Indian village.

The Mela also aims to be a custodian of the heritage crafts involving the use of traditional skills that are fading away due to cheap machine-made imitations, and a special section is earmarked for showcasing of these heritage crafts.

The theme state concept was conceptualized broadly with a view to promote and focus on art, craft and cuisine of each state of India every year.

32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela held in Haryana

The 32nd edition of Surajkund International Crafts Mela was held at Faridabad, Haryana. It was formally inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the presence of Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.

It is annual cultural festival hosted since 1987 to showcase richness and diversity of the handicrafts and cultural heritage of India. This year Uttar Pradesh is theme state and Kyrgyzstan is the partner nation.

Key facts

The Mela is organized every year by Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs Ministry. The 15-day festival showcases richness and diversity of handicrafts, handlooms and cultural heritage of the country.

The festival’s name Surajkund derives its name from ancient amphitheatre constructed in 10th century AD by Raja Suraj Pal, one of Tomar chieftains. This is unique monument was built to worship Sun God (Surya) and it resembles a Greek amphitheatre.

This year Uttar Pradesh as theme state showcased its religious tourism, rural tourism and spiritual tourism apart from its art, culture and heritage. 29 countries also took part in this edition of Mela. It also showcased religious tourism circuit — such as Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura apart from the art, culture, and heritage of UP.