Surajkund Crafts Mela - Signature Exhibition of FaridabadA friend of mine from Mumbai was over at my place for some training programme this February. After long hours in office and board room meetings and powerpoint presentations, she wanted a break on a weekend. I jumped at the idea and decided to take her to the famous Surajkund Crafts Mela. ‘Oh..another exhibition of handicraft things...c’mon she said, can’t you show me something better in Faridabad. I get to visit these exhibitions several times in Mumbai. Well I told her, it is not any run-off- the mill exhibition..it’s different and you gotta go to believe it! She decided to trust my words, and off we went to Suraj Kund Crafts Mela which is now almost an annual ritual to me.
We took an auto to reach there in flat 25 minutes and decided to be there at the morning to avoid the mad rush. And there we were soaked in vivid colours, flavours and culture. ‘It’s a mini village setting’, cried my friend in excitement. Yes and see how it is different from the usual crafts mela, I said proudly. Without even losing a second she head straight to the cultural potpourri where dancers and musicians from various states were performing.
And what better way to impress my friend than showcasing her the Goan Pavilion. Every year, the meal has a state theme and this year it was Goa. Goa came alive in its true sense with popular Goan music, food, performance and stunning handicraft. The perfect Goan architecture was reflected in “Apno Ghar” with distinct Goan culture and specially crafted bazaar selling every thing Goan.
If you thought Surajkund Crafts Mela is only about Indian handicrafts, then you would be proved incorrect. The international quest for handicraft is satisfied in our very own desi mela. Handloom, handicraft items and wooden products from all the participating SAARC countries are on display. So if you wanted an ola-leaf manuscript or Thai pottery then, you can grab them all in Suraj Kund Crafts mela. On one hand, while Bhutan was selling Tanka paintings, traditional dolls and carved wooden wall hangings were on display in the stall of Tajikstan.
We were also lucky to check out the stall of National award recipient Buddhiramji’s stall of terracotta products. Puppets and jholas and scarves were all round the place and just while returning, I picked up some key rings for my niece. And yes how can we forget the food corner of the mela which is one of the reasons why many of us visit the fair. From tikki to chats, from noodles to fried rice, from momos to kebabs – you can have it all. Yes I know I have been trying my best to resist those jalebis in the cold winter morning, but in this fun-filled ambience and after a fulfilling trip how can I resist those hot jalebis!