The Surajkund Crafts Mela is held every year in the month of February in
Haryana. The festival is also popular amongst the residents of Delhi. It was
held for the first time in the year 1981. Surajkund Crafts Mela acts as a
platform for displaying folk arts and crafts from all over the nation. Suraj
Kund Handicrafts Fair is a unique opportunity for the talented artists,
weavers, painters, sculptors and craftsmen from different regions of India,
to display their skill. The whole preparation of the fair is done, keeping a
particular state in mind. Every year a new state is chosen as the theme and
the entire decoration is changed accordingly. Handicrafts of some of the
states showcased at the Surajkund Crafts Mela are:
Banjara and Bunni embroidery of Gujarat
Phulkari embroidery of Punjab
Lace and crochet from Goa
Sandalwood and rosewood carving of South India
Kantha work of West Bengal and North Eastern states
Chikan work of Lucknow
Chikri woodcraft of Kashmir
The festival is highlighted by the special Natyashala folk dances
and musical evenings, organized at the open-air theatre.
SURAJ KUND CRAFTS MELA
With the launch of the Surajkund Crafts Mela in 1981, Haryana
Tourism set a precedent in organizing cultural events on a national
level. Now internationally famous, the fortnight long fair .With the
launch of the Surajkund Crafts Mela in 1981, Haryana Tourism set a
precedent in organizing cultural events on a national level. Now
internationally famous, the fortnight long fair also celebrates the
rhythms of folk theatre - all of which endear one to the simple charm
of the Suraj Kund Mela village.
The Crafts Mela celebrates the finest handlooms and handicrafts
traditions of country. Held in the month of February from 1st-15th, the
fair embodies the spirit that runs through the people of India and its
rich culture. The Suraj Kund Crafts Mela is held just 8 kms from South
The Dazzling Spectacle Shops at the Mela bustle with the brilliance
Beneath thatched roof platforms,
of mirror encasing embroidery, delicate
master craftspersons carefully
display the finest of handlooms and lace work, folk motifs on terracotta forms,
handicrafts from all over the metal and cane-ware, the tinkle of bangles,
country. The event is so colorful shimmer of iridescent silks and the jingle
and rich in experience, that many a of toys and trinkets. The Suraj Kund Crafts
tourist has returned to visit it again Mela is more than a celebration of crafts.
and again. The prices are relatively At the fan shaped open-air-theatre name
low compared to emporia, and
'Natya shala' rich folk dances and musical
some of the stuff can be amazing.
evenings are held throughout the
The Irresistible Cuisine
The fun-filled mela celebrations every year, come as a mini
food festival. Some of the popular food traditions arrive
from Punjab and South Indian delicacies come in from the
South Indian section. Popular Chinese and snack foods
also arrive for the event alongwith a special stall where
patrons are introduced to the traditional foods and sweet
meats of the theme state. The Suraj Kund Crafts Mela also
comes as an event that celebrates the vibrant rhythms of
folk theatre. All these colourful events flower before the
audience in the open-air-theatre named Natyashala.
For the mela, some of the most delightful crafts collections
arrive from practically all over the country. In wood and cane
craft come inlay work from Punjab and rosewood carving,
sandalwood from South India. 'Chikri' woodcraft of Kashmir and
some very fine cane craft come from West Bengal and North
Eastern states. Delicate 'Sholapith' and 'Shital Patti' work come
from Assam and West Bengal. In embroidery, the Phulkari of
Punjab, the 'Banjara' and 'Bunni' embroidery of Gujarat and
Rajasthan, the 'Kantha' traditions from West Bengal and Tripura,
lace and crochet from Goa, the 'Suzni' of Kashmir and mirror
encasing work alongwith the traditional 'Chikan' work of
In the section of floor covering the 'Namda' and carpet
of Kashmir, the 'Punja Durrie' of Haryana and Punjab,
the woolen druggets of Mirzapur and coir and rag
carpets of south India fascinate the visitors.
Oxidized jewellery, seashell decorations and agate stone
work delight as also the delicate gold work and chunky
silver jewellery. Toys in wood and cane, ply and mud
make the young thrill with joy.
The fascinating 'Phad' paintings of Rajasthan, the 'Kalamkari' of Andhra and
Karnataka, temple paintings of Orissa, 'Madhubani' of Bihar are also on display.
In the metal section, tribal 'Dhora' work, classical South Indian metal work,
glittering brassware, bell metal and iron craft delight collectors.
Handicrafts of Suraj
kund crafts Mela.
Surajkund Crafts Mela: Showcasing Bengal
Bengal is the theme state of the famous Surajkund Crafts Mela, this February. The
venue has been decorated with traditional artwork and exquisite motifs. Sixty-one
artisans from West Bengal are participating in the fair.
One of the unique features of the fair is that its decor is based on
the theme of a particular state and the state chosen changes every
year. The entrance, the grounds, the furniture, the colors, the
architecture and everything else will remind you of the state chosen.
There will even be a special stall dedicated to the local cuisines of
that state. There are approximately 400 hundred stalls at the venue
and there is always a particular craft that gets more highlighted in
any given year. Another major attraction of the Surajkund Crafts
Mela is that here you will get the handicrafts at a discounted price.
Displays colourful traditional crafts of India.
While craftsmen from all over India participate, one
Surajkund Crafts Mela, the brainchild of
particular state is focused upon each year. The mela also
the tourism department of Haryana was
attracts lakhs of visitors, both for the amazing range of
launched in 1981, celebrates the vibrant
interesting crafts it showcases as well as the relaxing
culture of India. The fair, celebrated from
rural ambience of the mela grounds. The fair also
February 1st to 15th, is set against the
provides a meeting ground for the talented painters,
background of Surajkund Mela village,
weavers, sculptors and craftsmen form all over India
which displays its own simple charm,
who exhibit their creations and the arts and crafts
tantalizing the tourists and visitors alike.
The fair was initially launched by Haryana lovers who flock here to admire and purchase these
Tourism to act as a platform for the
artists to share their art with the common
Besides shopping to your heart's content, you can also
man and where cultural events could take
witness beautiful, colourful folk dances and also savour
place on a national level. But now it has
delicacies of various states of India. Be it Kerala's Dosa
gained international recognition and
or Gujarati Dhokla or Punjabi Rajma-Chawal or Sikkim's
people pour into Surajkund to witness
Momos, you get it all here.
this gala event from all across the world.
The village ambience at Surajkund Mela not only
At this Crafts Mela, you can find the finest
facilitates city-dwellers to get a taste of village life but it
handlooms and handicrafts of the
also helps the artisans to gain access to national and
country. Beneath thatched roof platforms,
international buyers. Surajkund Crafts Mela is one
master craftsmen carefully display the
colourful festival where you can witness the various
finest of handlooms and handicrafts from
shades of India as well as possess small portions of the
all over the country. The event is so
country through the wares displayed. This is one Indian
colourful and rich in experience, that it
festival that should not be missed.
has witnessed many tourists returning to
be a part of the mela over and over again.
The highlight of this mela is that the best
craft products from all across the states
Reaching Surajkund -
Surajkund lies in the Faridabad district on the Delhi -
of India are displayed at a single place
Agra national highway. Surajkund is 8 kms from South
where you can not only just feel them but
also purchase them. Delhi. Special transport link the Mela ground to major
bus stops in Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad towns.
Held over two weeks in February, the
Surajkund Crafts Mela is a crafts fair like no
other that bristles with energy and excitement
like only an Indian festival can. The event
attracts skilled artists from across the country
who travel to the event to set up exhibitions
and displays of their works ranging from
delicate lace work and jewellery to pottery and
handmade furniture. First held in 1981, the
event is a popular showcase for traditional
Indian arts and crafts and includes a bustling
food fair and plenty of live entertainment.
The 24th Surajkund Crafts Mela which took place from 1st –
15th February ,2010 is an annual affair which has the finest
Handicrafts & Handlooms on display.
The Mela also offers Folk Dances, Music, Theatre
performances, Performances by Egypt, Shopping, Variety of
Food from Different Indian States, Competitions including
Painting / Photography, Kite Making / Kite Flying, Camel
Safari and amusement park for children & other such fun
The Mela is a wonderful way to experience rural India.
Place : Surajkund, Faridabad
Theme State : Rajasthan
Organized by : Haryana Tourism
Website : haryanatourism.gov.in
I would like to thank our Beloved and Respected
teacher Mrs.Moumita Poddar for introducing such an
augmented and outrageous project (A CASE STUDY
OF SURAJKUND CRAFTS FAIR) to us. I’ve highly
enjoyed and loved in doing this melancholy project.
I was able to do this project by revising the vast
plethora of introduction given to us by our
respected teacher Mrs.Poddar.