The 31st Surajkund Crafts Mela (Fair), the Biggest Crafts Fair in the World, is celebrating from 1st to 15th of February 2017.
One of biggest assembly and showcase of Artisans and Craftsmen all around India (and abroad), the 2015 edition of this fair was visited by 1.2 million visitors including 160,000 foreigners with more than 20 countries participating into it.
The Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs. For the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2017, the state of Jharkhand has been chosen to be the Theme State. At least 20 countries & all the states of India will be participating in the Mela.
Location & Direction
At a glance
The fair was first started in 1987. Traditional craftsmen (artists, painters, weavers and sculptors) from all parts of the country participate in this annual celebration. Designer items created by the best designers and craftsmen in wood, metal, bamboo, iron, glass, textiles and stone can be seen here.
A large number of renowned national and international folk artistes and cultural groups present day performances at both the Chaupals, the open-air theatres, located in the Mela premises. Also enthralling cultural evening programmes are held at the main Chaupal during each of the Mela evening. The Mela is indeed a custodian of the heritage crafts involving use of traditional skills that are fading away due to cheap machine made imitations, and a special section is marked for showcasing of these heritage crafts.
Born2C organizes full day guided trips to the fair. See the daily trip program to Surajkund Mela.
Mela Venue Guides
The whole Surajkund Crafts Mela premises are divided and planned in 6 zones.
Here are the venue maps and guides for each of the zones (click on the image to see full guide).
Several countries and nations participate in the Surajkund Crafts Mela every year. And one of those nations are chosen to be the focus nation. This year in 2017 Egypt is the focus nation of 31st edition of the fair.
- 2009 – Egypt
- 2012 – Thailand
- 2013 – Several countries from Africa
- 2014 – Sri Lanka
- 2015 – Lebanon
- 2016 – China, Japan (as part of Year 2016 was declared as Year of China in India as mutual agreement between the two countries)
Surajkund Crafts Mela Highlights