Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Colors of Life at 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela 1

The Surajkund Crafts Mela in Faridabad is a hugely popular annual event , which started as a humble  crafts Mela and over the years has emerged as a  showcase of Incredible India with Intentional flavor. This year it celebrates its 26th year.

As i waled toward Gate No 1, i was pleasantly surprised to see welcoming hoardings

 highlighting the GIRL CHILD

This was a little unexpected as Haryana is known for Honor killings and a skewed  female ratio. However , the efforts of Haryana tourism to send across the message of saving the Girl Child is praiseworthy.

Also praiseworthy is the thoughtful ,

 separate  entry queue for Senior citizens.

With its aim to continuously  brig innovation to the mela, the Authority, for the first time has introduced Helicopter rides to enjoy a aerial view of the mela grounds.

Another feature introduced this year is Electronic toilet

 which works with a coin entry and regulated amounts of automatic flushing.

  There was only one such toilet , when there should have been at least six, keeping in mind the number of visitors.  Of course you ca still go to the regular toilets in the centre of the mela grounds.

  Every year, a theme state is chosen for the decor and to promote that state.  This year it is ASSAM.

  The theme state has showcased Assam like never before.

The Assam food stall in the food court is serving authentic Assamese food.  I sampled a thali which i found i found to be quite like oriental cooking with minimum spices, a real antidote to the curry cuisine. The stall displayed green areca nuts and  pan leaves and dry supari.

Right near the food court are musicians adding to the festivity and gaiety of the mela.  You can take your pick from the variety of stalls selling food and enjoy sitting in the sun  with folk songs to keep you company.

This year the partner country is THAILAND, in sync with the Thailand's PM presiding over the Republic Day celebration at Raj Ghat.

A bioscope

Masks from Thailand

A Thai couple

Handicrafts from Thailand

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