Reviving Indian craft and culture
The fair showcases the richness and diversity of the handicrafts, handlooms and the cultural heritage of India. The aim of this event is to recreate a pristine rural ambience for foreign and domestic tourists, tell the patrons of arts and crafts of the skills involved in creative arts, to introduce craft persons directly to the buyers, and to identify, nurture and preserve the languishing crafts of the country. Chhattisgarh is theme state this year. It will showcase its tribal heritage and culture, which is still found well-preserved in the forests of Bastar. The skilled craft persons, talented artistes and master chefs from the state will participate in the mela. Also, an ethnic ambience representing the state’s rural ethos is created on the mela grounds. 18 countries are expected to participate in this fair. Lebanon, the partner nation of the mela this year, will unveil its ancient heritage of creating crafts in style. Lebanon will showcase to the world their identity as a nation, its history, culture, arts, cuisine, customs and traditions; and leave an everlasting memory in the hearts and minds of the people of India who come to Surajkund. To enliven the visitors’ mood, scintillating performances will be presented by international folk artistes from Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia
Federation (Moscow), Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia and Tajikistan.
Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund is also celebrating the event by recreating the highlights of the fair within the property. It features varied activities that would capture the interest of guests across age groups. From wine-tasting and themed evenings to special kids’ activities and menu, there is something for everyone.
Also, Pawan Hans is commencing Helicopter Joy Ride during the mela to take visitors on a joy ride flight by Pawan Hans Helicopter and experience the breathtaking beauty through aerial view of Surajkund Mela and surrounding areas. The rate of per ticket is Rs. 2,000/- which can be booked on the spot.