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Surajkund International Crafts Mela

Play staged at Natyashala on Thursday evening, foreign artiste performing Indian folk dance steps and visitors enjoying at Food Court.

 

Face painting competition held at Surajkund International Crafts Mela

A face painting competition for junior group (Class V-VIII) was organised at Surajkund International Crafts Mela in which 157 students took part. Gagandeep and Ayush of DAV School, NIT-3, Faridabad, stood first while Ritik & Devyan of D.A.V. School, NIT-3, Faridabad and Riya & Prakarti of Ashoka Memorial Public School, Ashoka Enclave, Faridabad took away the second and third positions. Consolation awards were given to Manju & Naushi of Government Girls Sr. Sec. School, Old Faridabad and Himanshu & Rakesh of Shri Sanatan Dharam School, I-B, NIT, Faridabad.

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Drawing and painting competition held at Surajkund International Crafts Mela

The on-the-spot drawing and painting competition for students of Class IX to XII was organised at Designer Gallery of Surajkund International Crafts Mela, Faridabad this Tuesday afternoon. A total of 184 students from different schools participated in the event with much enthusiasm. The participants had to draw and paint a snapshot of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela.

 

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Nitin Kumar, student of Modern B.P. Public School, Sector 23, Faridabad, bagged the first prize and Urja Ahuja of Apeejay School, Sector-15, Faridabad and Payal Verma of Modern School, Sector 17, Faridabad stood second and third respectively. Two consolation prizes were also given away each to Navaneeth G. of Holy Child Public School, Sector-29, Faridabad and Shripriya of D.A.V. School, NH-3, NIT, Faridabad.

 

A photography competition for amateurs was organised on Monday at Surajkund International Crafts Mela in the lawns of design gallery of the Mela. Renowned photographer Munish Khanna was the judge for the competition. After going through the submitted works of the participants, the award went to Dhirdhwaj Singh, a resident of Mayur Vihar, Delhi. There were total nine participants in the competition.

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Rich culture, immense art forms, foot tapping music and vibrant colours reflect the fascinating display of our culture. The Surajkund International Crafts Mela embodies various arts and crafts not only of India but also of other nations with matching crafts and traditions.

 

The glimpse of the versatility of our country is captivating the tourists who were dumbfounded with such flamboyant colours and potpourri of cultures. Every Work Hut specializes in some or the other art and craft, it is to be seen that art could be practised on any canvas from bone to wood and soil.

 

Camel bone and limestone products from J.H. Handicrafts of Jodhpur at stall no.668 are indeed unique. Zakir Husain, an artist has brought fancy jewellery boxes in different shapes and sizes, also artefacts like an elephant with a soldier astride made from camel bone and finely hand painted. “At one time, I worked in an aluminium factory that closed down and later I started carving on seashells, then I translated my art onto bone and stone, which is much more paying,” says a national awardee craftsperson Husain, who has displayed an 8.5 feet long train made from camel bone priced at Rs 4 lakhs at the Mela.

 

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Jute can be crafted into varied forms is something that you discover at the stall no. 656 of the Mela. Sovarani Podder, a national award winner from West Bengal has brought to the Mela a host of jute-made items which include different types and dolls and idols of Gods. “I am a self-learnt artist and now I have a taught this art to my team that assists me in making jute products. Luckily, jute is available in abundance in our state.”

 

The craftspersons are enthusiastic to display their art and crafts and the visitors are more than happy to buy them. At stall no. 863, Bharti N. Bhutia, a metal artist from Mumbai has displayed some beautiful decoration pieces in copper adorned with beautiful meenakari work; these include idols of Ganesha, table clocks and wall hangings.

 

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Warli art on terracotta is what Bijender Singh from Palwal, Haryana, specialises in. Singh, a second generation artisan has brought a good range of terracotta pots and lamp shades in different sizes to the Mela at stall no. 561. “This craft is a legacy passed on to me and my father is a national awardee, we both are taking part in the Mela. We paint the geometric shapes like circles, triangles and lines to adorn our terracotta items. This art needs concentration and precision.”

 

Shola pith is a milky-white sponge-wood, which is carved into delicate and beautiful objects of art. The finest examples of craftsmanship are however seen on images of Gods and Goddesses; these can be spotted at Surajkund International Crafts Mela at stall no. 658. “We spend months working on each piece and every detail is meticulously worked out. We have brought a range of shola crafts to the Mela that include flowery designs, exquisite figurines like faces of gods and goddesses, palanquins and so on,” narrates Ashis Malakar, a national awardee master craftsperson.

 

Sway to the earthy moves of folk dancers of India at Natyashala on Tuesday (11th February) at Surajkund International Crafts Mela.

 

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