Talks are underway to host the Surajkund International Crafts Mela twice a year – in spring and before the onset of winter – with the aim of promoting handicrafts, Faridabad district administration officials said.
Managers of this year’s Surajkund mela have said meetings will be held next month after the fair ends to discuss holding it again in November.
Rajesh Joon, a tourism official in the district administration, said, “Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced that the Surajkund fair will also be held in the month of November. We will meet all relevant managers next month after the success of the 35th edition of the show.
Joon added, “Right now, our focus is on the next fair, which will start on March 19, and preparations will be completed by the end of this week. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is the theme state for this year’s fair and they are participating in the event after a hiatus of 22 years. Visitors can expect a vibrant fair with the region’s rich culture on display after a two-year hiatus. The fair will continue until April 4.
Chief Minister Khattar, during the presentation of the state budget for the financial year 2022-23, had said, “The Surajkund International Crafts Mela showcases the richness and diversity of handicrafts, looms and cultural fabric of India and is arguably the largest craft fair in the world. . However, the mela site is only used 15 days a year.
Khattar further said, “The government of Haryana is planning to utilize the infrastructure of the mela site by organizing another fair in the month of November and provide a platform for artists, craftsmen and artisans.”
District officials said 24 countries have already confirmed their participation in this year’s fair and the number is expected to rise to 30. The annual Faridabad fair was last held in 2020, days before the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of the fair, a sound and light show and a Bhakti music festival will also be held during this year’s fair, officials said.
The Surajkund fair is an annual event where stalls displaying a wide variety of crafts, cuisines and clothing from several countries attract thousands of visitors daily.
Meanwhile, in a bid to promote Haryana’s heritage, the state government has launched a project to set up ‘heritage corners’ in 100 public schools to raise awareness among students.
The state government has also allocated ₹310.24 crores for the promotion of tourism, archaeology, art and culture in the current budget.