CHANDIGARH, FEB 18
The 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which concluded today, recorded a footfall of 13 lakh visitors, including one lakh foreigners. Against 1,012 stalls last year, the 17-day fair had 1,070 stalls.
Sticking to tradition, the much-sought-after annual event showcased an unparalleled display of regional and international crafts, ensuring art and culture enthusiasts a treat, and shopaholics and foodies an opportunity of a life-time.
Presiding over the closing-cum-awards presentation ceremony at Surajkund, the Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, said it was heartening to see the mela being organised at this scale and exhibiting the spirit of unity and brotherhood among different nations. Earlier, he honoured craftsmen.
Prof Solanki said the fair offered an ideal opportunity to bind countries together and think for the larger good with over 25 countries taking part in it and different folk cultures being unveiled during the 17 days.
He congratulated the state government for making Kyrgyzstan Partner Country and UP the Theme State at the 32nd International Surajkund Crafts Mela-2018. Haryana has made new strides in the fields of education and sports, he added.
The Tourism Minister of UP, Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi, said the Surajkund Crafts Mela had become popular worldwide. She announced the decision to organize an art and craft fair on the pattern of Surajkund Mela in Lucknow.
Haryana Tourism Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, thanked the artists and craftsmen for their participation in the fair. The Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Tourism, Mr Vijay Vardhan, and Chief Administrator of Surajkund Crafts Fair Authority, Mr Sameer Pal Srow, were also present on the occasion.