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All set for Surajkund Mela with Karnataka as theme State

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More than 300 craftsmen, weavers, artisans, folk musicians to take part in the fair

Folk artistes from Karnataka during a preview of the 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad near Delhi on Thursday.- Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
Folk artistes from Karnataka during a preview of the 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad near Delhi on Thursday.- Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The 27{+t}{+h}Surajkund International Crafts Mela opens here today (Friday).

Addressing a Press conference at the Mela grounds on Thursday, Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan, who is also chairman of the Mela Authority, said that the 15-day Mela’s theme State this year is Karnataka. It is after a gap of 18 years that Karnataka has returned as the theme State of the Mela, he added. More than 300 craftsmen, weavers, artisans, folk musicians and dancers will be taking part in the fair.

Haryana Tourism Principal Secretary Vijay Vardhan said a dozen countries had taken part in the fair last year, which had begun in 1987, and the Ministry of Culture and External Affairs agreed to upgrade it as international fair this year in view of increasing participation of countries.

Twenty-one countries are taking part in the fair this year, said Haryana Tourism Director-General Anand Mohan Saran. They include six SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries and three Eurasian countries.

Mr. Saran said 13 teams of Zonal Culture Centres would participate in the fair. A host of cultural programmes such as bhangra, Sufi evening, hasya kavi sammelan , magic shows and fashion shows will be presented from 6-30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The culture of Haryana will be on display on February 13, whereas Karnataka and Sri Lanka will showcase their culture on February 9 and 12 respectively.

Ex-Servicemen, senior citizens and differently-abled will be given 50 per cent concession on the ticket price. Freedom fighters will be allowed free entry.

Tickets for the fair will be available online for the convenience of visitors, besides at the entry gates.

The Surajkund fair is an annual event that showcases the finest of handlooms, handicrafts, authentic fragrances and flavours of rich Indian cuisines.

Faridabad Police Commissioner Shatrujeet Kapoor said elaborate security arrangements have been made and closed-circuit television cameras installed at 97 points with night vision.

The fair will be formally inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 2.

It will remain open from 9-30 a.m. to 7-30 p.m. daily till February 15, except on February 2 when it opens for the public at 1 p.m.

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