Telangana will be the theme State for the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2016, an annual event organised from February 1 to15 at Surajkund in Haryana’s Faridabad district.
Haryana Principal Secretary, Tourism, Sumita Misra on Wednesday said that the novelty of the Mela is that one of the Indian States gets the honour to occupy the position of the theme State each year. The theme State was conceptualised broadly with a view to promote and focus on art, craft and cuisine of each state of India every year.
A meeting of Haryana senior officers with Telangana Tourism officers had also been convened to assess the quantum of works required to be initiated by both the states. The Telangana officers have assured that the state will put up a grand show.
She said that the Mela provides a rare opportunity to the theme state to showcase its handicrafts, handlooms, performing arts, cuisine and its tourist potential to a vast cross-section of people in an impressive manner.
The Surajkund International Crafts Mela offers a lifetime experience where one explores an exquisite mix of thatched huts, folksongs, flamboyant colours, ornate crafts and aroma of different cuisines. The Mela is an endeavour in the right earnest to showcase the traditional arts and crafts of rural India in a unique ambience, she added.
Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Corporation Vikas Yadav said that Telangana’s diverse crafts and dance forms will offer a veritable treat for visitors.
He said that 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2016 offers to witness Telangana’s rich culture, tradition and exclusive artifacts made by the artisans that are in great demand throughout the world. Telangana’s historical designs on cloth and folk and traditional arts are well known and have been passed down to generations of artisans and weavers.
The skilled craftspersons, talented artistes and expert master chefs from the state will also participate in the Mela. Also, an ethnic ambience representing the state’s rural ethos will be created on the Mela grounds, he added.
Source: Daily Pioneer