Chandigarh/ February 16 – Haryana, Governor, Mr. Satyadeo Narain Arya said that with the attention of the fashion industry towards handicrafts and handloom goods, the handloom business has uplifted the rural economy and the Surajkund International Crafts Mela has played a significant role in taking rural handicrafts to international levels.
Mr. Arya, who was the Chief Guest at the concluding day of the 34th International Surajkund Handicrafts Fair at Surajkund today, said this while addressing the gathering on the occasion. He also congratulated the Union Ministry of Tourism and Haryana Tourism Department for the successful organization of the fair and welcomed all the artists, craftsmen and visitors from abroad.
The Governor said that Art, Culture, and Music have great importance in human life and this fair is a wonderful confluence of these three. The works and performances of artists and craftsmen from 40 countries of the world give a glimpse of the culture of the world, he added. Congratulating the partner country, Uzbekistan, he said that Uzbekistan and India have deep roots in history. The two countries have a deep contribution to each other in trade relations as well as architecture, dance, music, and cultural relations, he added.
Apart from that, the Governor said that Indian cinema has been very popular in Uzbekistan. He said that Uzbekistan’s relations with India have been further strengthened with the former’s participation in the International Mela organized by the Haryana Government.
Thanking the people of Himachal Pradesh, the theme state of the fair, the Governor said that the culture of Himachal has its own intriguing identity and that the has many famous temples of deities like Naina Devi, Jwalamukhi, Shiva Temple Baijnath, Tara Devi Temple, Chintpurni Temple.
He further said that the festivals of Himachal Pradesh are very special and that this unique culture of Himachal temples and festivities makes an important contribution to Indian culture which gives cultural strength to the country. The Governor appreciated the Tourism Department of Himachal Pradesh and said that good craftsmen and folk artists were included in the fair.
The Governor congratulated the artists who received special awards Kalaratna, Kalamani, Kalanidhi and Kalashree awards to the best craftsmen at the fair.
Himachal Pradesh Governor, Mr. Bandaru Datatreya, while speaking on the occasion, described the arrival at Surajkund Mela as a wonderful moment of his life and said that Himachal’s arrival in Haryana is being felt today. He said that after 24 years, Himachal Pradesh has got an opportunity to become a theme state in this fair which is a matter of pride. He said that the mela has given an opportunity to crafts of Himachal to be recognized internationally. He said that the whole country is running from villages to cities, but through this fair, we have managed to bring cities towards villages.
Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Mr. Feroz Arjiv, who was also present at the occasion, said that the cultural relations and brotherhood of the two countries will be strengthened by the presentation made by our artists and craftsmen here in the last 16 days.
Haryana Tourism Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal, said that through this fair, people from all the states of the country have got a chance to meet and know the culture of 40 countries. He also congratulated the Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Department, Vijai Vardhan and his team for organizing the fair.
Haryana Tourism Development Corporation Chairman, Mr. Randhir Golan, said that this fair has its own unique identity all over the world.
Thanking everyone at the conclusion of the fair, Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Tourism Department, Mr. Vijai Vardhan said that this time, artists and craftsmen from 40 countries and craftsmen from more than 15,000 countries have reached this fair. He said that till Sunday morning more than 13 lakh tourists had visited the fair. He said that for the first time an MoU was signed with the United Kingdom in which Indian artists will perform for the first time with foreign artists. He said that most artists are not financially prosperous, in such a way, by getting global friends, new avenues for economic growth will open for these artists.
The Governor honored artists with outstanding work in the field of handicrafts and traditional art, with Kalashri, Kalanidhi, Kalamani, and Kalartam Awards. They were provided with cash, souvenirs, and letter of honor. Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department was awarded the Award of Excellence.