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- To give a raised platform to the talented lots of our country, where they can display their best skills and come in direct contact with the buyers and also with other artisans that come from all parts of the country and also from a few countries from round the globe especially the SAARC nations.
- To educate patrons both from abroad, urban centres and educational institutes about the fascinating technique and skills involved in craft creation.
- It also aims at giving a feel of rustic India to the visitors especially the foreign tourists.
Since 1981 when it was first organized, the popularity of it has increased unabatedly. Every year a different State is chosen as the Theme State. So, expect the glimpses of that State to dominate the scene here. The fine arts people erect, in good size, replicas of the popular monuments of this State to highlight it. In the fair campus stages are set at various points where cultural performances are held throughout the day.
It is basically a place where you would not mind loosening the strings of your purse. Shopaholics will simply love it. The finest of handicrafts and handloom traditions from the remote corners of the country are on display for sale. And the best thing is that the prices are said to be lower as compared to those at emporiums. From the machlipatnam leather work, bidri work of Andhra Pradesh, classical south Indian metal work, glittering brass ware, cane products from the state of seven sisters, Tanjore art-works there are innumerable stalls and wares to see and buy.
In the field of woven textiles some of the finest silk works of Orissa, Patola, Bandhini of Gujarat and Rajasthan, Ikat, Kanjeevaram, and temple silks of South India vie for attention with the most simple cottons of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and tribal textiles of North East India as do the handloom of Haryana. The phulkari of Punjab, the Bandhani of Gujarat and Rajasthan, the Kantha traditions from West Bengal along with the traditional chikan work of Lucknow are a shopper’s delight. Oxidized jewellery, sea shell decorations and agate stone work delight as also do delicate gold work and chunky silver jewelry. Some of the fine phad paintings of Rajasthan, the kalamkari of Andhra and Karnataka, madhubani of Bihar………the list is really long.
While you shop for the handicrafts the heady aroma from food stalls that wafts up in the air keep reminding you that the culinary delights from various regions of India ought to be tasted. Amritsari Chole Kulche, Gol Gappas, kashmiri paranthas, dosas, Rajasthani dal bati churma and all will let your saliva drool.
The nearby amphitheatre known as Natyashala comes alive with vivid performances by renowned artists every day 6 pm onwards. So end your day easing your nerves with a magical performance.
- A visit to the Suraj Kund Mela can be easily incorporated in any itinerary that covers Delhi as a destination. Doing a day trip from Delhi will be a good idea.
- For the facility of the visitors ATM’s are installed in the fair ground premises.