Chandigarh/ January 29: Haryana Tourism Minister, Mr. Kanwar Pal said that Surajkund International Crafts Mela, to be held from February 1 to 16, 2020, at Surajkund, Faridabad will be inaugurated by the President of India, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind on February 1, 2020. Haryana Governor Mr. Satyadeo Narain Arya will preside over the function. Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr. Manohar Lal, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Mr. Jai Ram Thakur and Ambassador of the Embassy of Uzbekistan Mr. Farhod Arziev will also be present on the occasion. He said that where the fair will have partner-country Uzbekistan, Himachal Pradesh will participate as a theme-state.
The Tourism Minister said that the Surajkund International Crafts Mela was organized for the first time in the year 1987 to showcase the richness and diversity of handicrafts, handlooms and cultural heritage of India. He said that the Mela is organized jointly by the Surajkund Mela Authority, Haryana Tourism in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs and Government of Haryana. He informed that this craft fair helps thousands of artisans from all over India to show their art and products to the tourists extensively.
He informed that a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Surajkund Mela Authority and the British Council this year and the Surajkund Mela will host artists and craftsmen from England for the first time. In addition, more than 30 countries will be part of this fair, including Uzbekistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Senegal, Zambia, Comoros, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, South Africa, Austria, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Niger, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Ghana, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Morocco, Palestine, Bhutan, Uganda, Armenia, Maldives, Sudan, Kenya and The Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mr. Kanwar Pal informed that the theme-state Himachal Pradesh will showcase its unique and rich cultural heritage through various crafts and handicrafts at this fair. Hundreds of artists from Himachal Pradesh will perform various folk arts and dances.