Surajkund Crafts Mela, 2017

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).

Partner Countries

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

surajkund-mela-2013
Being the biggest extravaganza of arts and crafts all over the world, the mela is of course all about showcasing and exhibiting Crafts items from various places. Participation of all the states are confirmed in this fair. In addition to 20 more countries are bringing their own arts, cultures, crafts, food and more.
Surajkund Mela 2016
Cultural programs are other main attraction of the fair. The celebration marks the performances of folk artists from around the world at open-air theaters.
With all these states and countries are coming along with their own authentic cuisines, imagine the number of choices you would have to satisfy your appetite!

Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh Palace

Imagine a weekend filled with the strains of folk music, majestic performances by music and dance luminaries, an open-air wildlife film festival on a giant screen, tiger safaris, fantastic interactive talks on conservation success stories by wildlife conservationists, music workshops, yoga & meditation camps, all in the stunning Nahargarh Palace in Ranthambore Forest. This is what waiting for you at the Ranthambore Festival.

When
27 to 29 January 2017. It’s a long weekend, and you know what to do!

You will be able to see an enthralling selection of folk, classical, and world musical and dance performances in addition to interactive Music workshops, Art and Craft workshops, Music and Nature panel discussions, Interactive talks, an Open-air wildlife film festival, Street theatre, Yoga & Meditation workshops, a Food festival, Drum circles, Interactive cookouts, and a popup Souq featuring amazing non-profit startups.

Ranthambore Festival

Nestled in the forests of Ranthamore lies the Nahargarh Palace, the magnificent venue of the Ranthambore Festival. Its beautiful halls, courtyards, terraces, and avenues will be completely transformed on the republic day weekend of 2017 as it plays host to a festival like no other.

Nahargarh Palace

How to Reach

  • By Air
    Jaipur is around 166 km from Ranthambore. It is the nearest airport.
  • By Train
    Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station which is situated 7.4 kms from the venue.

Entry Fee

Entry is free for panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, and performances by local musicians. Other special music and dance shows will be individually ticketed.

Visit the festival portal for more details.

What to Expect

  • Panel discussions with leading wildlife conservationists in India
  • Folk music performances
  • Wildlife film screenings
  • Food festival
  • Art and Craft souk
  • Yoga and meditation workshops
  • Hot air ballooning

 

Lohri – the Festival of Harvest

Lohri (लोहड़ी, in Hindi) – the Harvest Festival – the very first festival celebrated in India as per the English Calendar.

Going by the Hindu Calendar, Lohri festival is celebrated in the 10th month which is called the Paush month. The Lohri festival indicates the end of winters and is celebrated on 13th January each year, a day before Makar Sankranti festival which is celebrated on 14th of January. It is the day when the month of Paush ends, Magh starts.

Historically, Lohri festival is owned by the Punjabi and Dogra cultures. The origin of Lohri festival in India can be traced back to a popular story of Lohri having Dulla Bhatti as its central character. It is said that Dulla Bhatti lived in Punjab when Akbar was the emperor of India. He used to rob off the rich like Robin hood in order to help the poor.

Around India

India, historically and evidently being a country of agriculture and the economy based on the farming, Lohri marks an important festival as it is associated with the significance of farming and the winter crop calendar. North India, specially Punjab, grows wheat (and other Rabi crops) as its main winter crop. It is sown in October and harvested in the month March or April. Thus, the farmers celebrate Lohri festival during this period of January before they cut and gather the crop – expecting and praying for a good harvest.

This harvest season marks in almost every major parts and corners of India.

  • East India celebrates Makar Sankranti on the next day (14th of January)
  • South India celebrates Pongal on the next day (again 14th of January)
  • Some part of South India also celebrates Bhogi around this (14th of January)
  • Assam celebrates Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu during this time (15th of January in 2017)

All these festivals are marked with harvesting season. Celebrating the true agricultural India.

Celebration

For the fun loving Indians, Lohri is not only a festival but a celebration that expresses their exuberance, energy, hope and enthusiasm for life. Lohri is a community festival which is celebrated with family, friends, villagers and neighbors. It marks the day of the Winter Solstice – historically the revenue of winter harvests were collected on this very day.

Bonfire

lohri bonfire
Bonfire is the most integral part of the celebration. In the evening, when sum sets, people gather around the bonfires and make merry through dancing and singing around the light.

Food

Lohri Food
And of course with various rich food and sweets. Some of most traditional (and, mandatory) food items are Gajak, Sarson da saag with Makki di roti, Radish, Rewdi, groundnuts and Gur (Jaggery).

Song

Lohri Song Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicharaa ho!
Dullah Bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paata ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chacha gali dese!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
Bum Bum bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari itt!
Bhaanvey ro te bhaanvey pitt!
Sanoo de de Lohri, te teri jeeve jodi!
(Laugh,cry or howl!)
in English Hey Beautiful girl!
Who will think of you?
Dulla of the Bhatti clan will do this!
Dulla’s daughter got married!
He gave one kilo of sugar in marriage!
The girl wears a red suit!
But her shawl is torn!
Who will stitch her shawl?
The uncle made choori (bangle)!
The landlords looted it!
Landlords get beaten up!
Lots of gentle boys came!
One gentle boy was left behind!
The soldier arrested him!
The soldier hit him with brick!
Give us Lohri, long live your pair!
Whether you cry, or bang your head later on!