Between 1st to 15th February Surajkund Craft Fair or Surajkund Craft Mela is annually celebrated at the Surajkund mela village lying about 8 km from South Delhi.
The Surajkund Crafts Fair celebrates the spirit of rural India exhibiting the finest handicraft and handloom from traditional craftsmen.
The melodious rhythm of folk music and folk dancers interesting moves relish the heart of the visitors.
The main objectives of the famous Crafts Fair are:
• To recreate a rural atmosphere for all domestic and foreign tourists
• To give a glimpse into the culture and tradition of rural India
• To give a platform to the rural craftsmen to exhibit their beautiful art forms
• To introduce craftspersons and crafts to the direct buyers and facilitate true patronage
• To preserve and nurture the languishing art and craft forms and to safeguard their identity
The incoming tourists enjoy the exquisite and miraculous works of wood carvers, craftspersons, embroiders, tie dye, embroiders textile printers, carpet and loom weavers, jewelry, etc. the Craft Fair also has a food festival and food from every part of the country is easily available.
“The Surajkund Crafts Mela has grown equally famous for the rhythms of folk theatre: It resonates with the formal notes of the classical genre: The heady rhythms of percussion instruments: The ballads of singing minstrels: The clebration of the simple joys of rural life and reverence of epic traditions all mingle well. All these colourful events are also presented before the audience in the open-air-theatre named Natyashala.”
Amazing arts such as Patola, Bandhini of Gujarat and Rajasthan, Ikat, Kanjeevaram, temple silks of South India and Dharmavaram are easily available at the Fair. Tribal textiles from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are also an attraction at the Mela.