Rajasthan theme state at Surajkund fair this year

January 18th, 2010 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Jan 18 (IANS) Rajasthan will be the “theme state” and Tajikistan will be “partner country” at the internationally-recognized Surajkund Crafts Mela (fair) to be organised in Haryana’s Faridabad district near New Delhi Feb 1-15.
All member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Thailand and Egypt will participate in the fair that attracts thousands of visitors from the country as well as foreign tourists.

Over 400 crafts-persons from different parts of the country are expected to participate in the fair, a state government spokesman said here Monday.

He added that the Surajkund Crafts Mela showcased fascinating display of the country’s rich culture, ancient crafts traditions and glimpses of heritage. From weavers to folk dancers, theatre troupes, jugglers and roadside magicians - all are part of the fair.

Artistes from participating states and countries will perform during the fair.

Making a modest beginning in 1981, the Surajkund crafts fair has become a popular event over the years. International acknowledgement has come to the event with scores of foreigners coming to see the best of traditional Indian craftsmen display their skills and art.

Surajkund (the pond of Sun god) owes its name to an ancient amphitheatre sun pool, dating to the 10th century, located there. It was built by King Suraj Pal, a follower of the Sun god. The place is located in the Aravalli mountain range, 10 km from South Delhi.

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