During the spring season every year from the Feburary the 1st to 15th, artisans from different parts of the world come together at Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana. Famous as a Surajkund Crafts fair this has gained international acclaim as one can find the best of arts not only from every part of India but also from various parts of world.
This place satiates everyone’s desire to pick up a best of the masterpiece for one’s collection as well as be a witness to the artisan creating the masterpiece. Photo from Flickr
The moment one collects the ticket from the ticket counter to get a valid pass to the fair the pomp and show of the fair simply enthralls you. The aura of the stalls and exhibits are very much similar to a rural India Bazaar. The venue of this fair is an ancient sun pool built in a form of a rising sun thus enticing everyone who steps into the fair.The first ever fair was organized in 1987 and since then has been an important event for all art enthusiast as well a common man. Every year a theme state is selected and showcased in the fair in form of the decorations, cuisine as well as handicrafts displayed. This year the theme state is Karnataka.The entrance is decorated in a way that everybody entering simply connects to Karnataka.Even the cultural program organized in the fair would be introducing and showcasing all dance forms of Karnataka state to the public along with the other dance forms of India.
While at the fair check out the range of craftsmen for handicraft and hand loom from various states. Whether one wants to indulge in picking a Dokra art or a Bamboo art there are many artisans who are showcasing their work and one can select the best of the masterpiece from them.This place satiates everyone’s desire to pick up a best of the masterpiece for one’s collection as well as be a witness to the artisan creating the masterpiece. There is wide spectrum of handicrafts and hand looms displayed in the fair. One would get tired walking around exploring but the arts displayed will not be over.
Phulkari embroidery from Punjab, cane craft, elaborate rosewood carving, South India’s sandalwood, Kashmiri ‘Chikri’ woodcraft, Knatha work of West Bengal, Sholapith and Shital Patti work from Assam and West Bengal are quite popular with all visitors.The famous hand looms showcased are ‘Suzni’ of Kashmir,’Banjara’ and ‘Bunni’ embroidery of Gujarat and Rajasthan and ‘Chikankari’ work of Lucknow. Handicraft metal section of Surajkund brings the tribal ‘Dokra’ work, classical South Indian metal grafts, ethnic brass ware and iron crafts to a platform where their work are admired and valued. Collect a Kashmiri ‘Namda’ or a ‘Durrie’ of Haryana and Punjab to add to the interiors of your house.The ‘Phad’ paintings of Rajasthan, Temple paintings of Orissa, ‘Madhubani’ of Bihar and the ‘Kalamkari’ of Andhra and Karnataka are a few which captivates everyone.Just don’t miss the wooden toys which are a great hit with the kids of the techno savvy generation.
Go visit the food festival and enliven your taste buds with best and authentic food from various states.But one has to wait for long as the queue at every stall is long. The cultural fest is not complete without the scheduled cultural program at the Natyashala. Other than the show at the Open air theater, there are plenty of performers who would be performing through out the day and would simply make everyone dance to their beats. Be it the Dhol beating for the Bhangra or the Bihu dancers, get enchanted and swing your feet with them.
Before I end let me give you some important facts about the Surajkund Crafts Fair.
1. It is easily accessible by road as Surajkund is just 8Km away from South Delhi. Take an ISBT bus from Delhi or register yourself for the tour that is conducted by Haryana Tourist Bureau from 36, Janpath, New Delhi and you will be dropped at one of the gates of the fair.
2. Nearest railway station to Surajkund is Delhi and the nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International airport.
3. There are four gates for entry to the fair namely the Shekhawati, Kerala, Dhanteshwari and the TRC gate and has a parking facility adjacent to the gates.
4.Two premium hotels, The Rajhans and the Claridges as well as low budget motels are available for lodging and boarding.